Friday, July 18, 2014

Creative Diversion

"Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer." - Barbara Kingsolver

Take time to divert from troubled work that doesn't respond. Free yourself from life's frustrations with a creative  break in writing. 

Avoid getting caught up by the "P" word . . . procrastination. Use action and creativity for diversion to jiggle the brain cells into patterns of possibility.

Take a break from a writing project.  

Here are a few ways to divert:

Read an article or story unrelated to your project.

Sing in the shower.
Eat something sweet and gooey with your fingers.
Do a task you don't enjoy: laundry, file sorting, bathroom cleaning.
Draw or doodle with lines, curves and colors.
Practice yoga and breathing.
Walk around the block and smell the breeze.
Read a fairytale.
Dig in the dirt and weed.
Take a walk with a notebook to write sounds and scents.
Write nonsense. Get silly and sillier. Fligerate and plesiate.
Pen a letter to a long lost friend.
Change direction and add humor. 

If still frustrated, wax the refrigerator.

These activities away from your stuck project will stimulate the brain to make connections. The diversity will enrich on many levels.

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