It’s happened so many times. I find myself sitting and staring at the screen for hours on end, completely void of inspiration. As it goes from bad to worse, my mind becomes consumed with thoughts of how every other author is furiously typing away at the next best-seller. Words cease to exist in my head. As does the ability to organize them in any kind of coherent fashion.
The longer I sit there, the higher the chances are that I begin to scroll through social media and eventually check out of the writing process entirely. Inspiration found? Nope. In fact, it’s anything but.
So what to do when this happens? I’ve learned that you need a toolbox to pull from.
My hubby and I are HUGE personal development junkies and we recently began reading about Mel Robbins and something she calls the 5 Second Rule. It’s actually a really great tool and it’s been helping us wake up faithfully at 5am every day and do a lot of things that we had been procrastinating about.
Now, yesterday’s goal was to add 5k to my WIP Inked Love. It wasn’t happening. I was stuck. Writer’s block had hit me hard. So I implemented the 5 second rule (which basically consists of counting backwards from five and immediatly doing whatever it is you’ve been dithering about without any further thought.) It worked! Super! I was writing 🙂 With one exception. I was writing pure crap. My words were repetitive and my plot was not moving forward. In fact, my plot had very quickly withered and died. I needed to dive in to this work but I needed inspiration first. Time to reach into the toolbox again.
Leftover from my days in the fitness world, I know all about the physical and mental benefits of working out. I also know that being outside in nature is inherently good for my soul. Sunshine, fresh air and the smell of trees and flowers replenish and refill me in a way that nothing else does. That feeling of being connected to the universe is so strong and it always opens my mind to new possibilites.
With this in mind, I put the five second rule in to action once more. I quickly laced up my shoes and without allowing for a second more to dissuade myself, I literally ran out the front door. In fact, I’m not even sure I closed it properly behind me.
Inspiration found! I ran 10km and physically, I felt amazing. The adrenaline and endorphins coursing through my body was addictive. I wanted more, I needed more. But what did this do to me mentally? It put me on one of the BEST highs ever! Inspiration had hit and it had hit HARD.
Somehow during the course of my run, I had discovered a new twist to the Inked Love plot line! I also had created a list of website developments that needed to get done AND two brand new book ideas were buzzing in my brain! Needless to say, I could barely run fast enough to get home and write it all down.
Since I’ve made the switch to full time author, I no longer have the option to wallow in writer’s block. Work needs to get done and it needs to move at a healthy pace. So I simply MUST work through the challenges quickly and not succumb to the darkness that can easily overtake it all.
So the next time the cobwebs start to block my thoughts, I’m setting my countdown and getting outside. That’s where inspiration is found and my best-selling book will be waiting for me.