About 2 weeks ago, I noticed that my words were not flowing as well as they should. My work was sounding forced. Major stress at work, too many things on the to-do list, too many distractions, all contribute to this and interfere with my “writing brain”. Anytime this happens, and it does more often than I’d like, I switch gears and move to only visual work.
By forcing myself not to write, it feels as if the well is replenishing itself. I know every book and website on writing advice will tell you that you have to write every day, but I believe that as long as you continue the creative habit you only strengthen your skills and your process.
Many writers I know take a break by switching to photography. My preference is drawing, so I’ve spent the last 2 weeks doing detailed architectural drawings and colorful doodles. It takes all the pressure off, allows the creativity to continue flowing, and eliminates most of the guilt. After a week or so of not allowing myself to write, I regain the excitement and can’t wait to get back to my keyboard. For me, it works every time.
Whatever your chosen art, when you get blocked or too uninspired, try exploring another one of your creative passions, or discover a new one. Immerse yourself in it. Any time you spend on your creative self is never wasted. You’ll be ready to get back to your writing before you know it.