By: Laurie Oien
“If you can’t write, read.
If you can’t read, walk.
Or walk and read, then write.”
Stuck in the Ordinary?
Two guys in a delivery truck took a different route one day, and it changed their whole day. It gave them a different perspective, created new feelings and beliefs that hadn’t been there before.
As a creative person, do you find yourself in a creative slump, maybe feeling stuck in the same old pattern, or your forward motion is less motivated? Perhaps lack of direction or progress has put you in the middle of a creative famine.
I’ve been trying to challenge myself with different writing genres and dipping my pen in the ink of diverse writing styles, which has been both exciting and mind-boggling.
I found it’s put me in a state of mind block. Not writer’s block, necessarily, but sorting my thoughts from a messy blur of ideas, to concentrating on one from start to finish.
From Creative Chaos to Creative Mojo
The techniques are endless on how to re-discover your creative mojo, but finding what technique works for you is the key to opening the floodgates to new inspiration. One technique that works for me is to free my mind.
Do something that will literally pull you away from the normal everyday routine. Something different or something you wouldn’t usually do.
Maybe to be creative, you have to get creative. Like the woman that came up with Goat Yoga.
The idea came to Lainey Morse, owner of a rescue goat farm. When she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, she discovered that interacting with goats helped improve her mood, and it had positive effects on her overall health.
From this observation, she organized goat-interaction events with the public. After the success of these events, Goat Yoga was born.
If you don’t have a single clue what a downward dog is and would rather not do downward anything, much less with a goat, you might be wondering how could yoga with goats possibly be the answer to your creative flow? Click To Tweet
Changes Can Get Your Creativity Flowing
The idea of mixing it up with goats on a yoga mat may sound ridiculous and silly, but is it possible that focusing on something out of your normal routine could potentially give you a creative kick-start? Yoga with goats may not be your mantra, but the point is to do something unique, uncommon from what you’d typically do. It may be what your mind needs to see or feel a different experience.
It doesn’t have to mean expensive spas or retreats to get a renewed mindset. Think of simple changes. For instance:
- Take an alternative route home from work.
- Go to a new restaurant.
- Try a different menu item.
- Slow down and savor new flavors, sights, and smells.
Yes, you are a loyal customer at your favorite coffee shop, but maybe today try the one further down the street and see what it has to offer. The new scenery, different encounters or possible opportunities could provide inspiration.
Even walking through the grocery store in the opposite direction than what you usually do could strike creative gold.
Getting out of your head for a moment and experiencing a new thing, a different place, or a fresh outlook could add spark to an existing idea, therefore, letting the creativity flow organically.
That Same Day? No, A Different Result Entirely
Those two delivery guys that decided to take a different route that day discovered a dire situation. It’s almost as if they were guided down a different road for a reason. They happened to show up at the right place at the right time and were able to talk a young man down from the ledge of a bridge.
This is certainly not a situation I’d wish for anyone as a way to replenish their creativity drought, but as you can imagine; this experience may have given a whole new perspective to all involved. Possibly, an inspired purpose was discovered, or a connection formed to create an original idea never thought of before. Just from taking a different route.
Like doing yoga with goats, it was an original idea sparked from a unique experience then recognizing what happens when goats and people spend time together.
So, if you’re searching for just one creative idea in the middle of a haystack, maybe it’s time to break away from your daily routine and go find yourself a goat.
Bio: Laurie Oien
Laurie is a blogger, writer and contributing author in the anthology, Feisty After 45, released by Mills Park Publishing. Laurie resides in Minnesota and enjoys finding creative ways to write on her blog about everyday experiences with a dash of wit, inspiration and a pinch of dramatics.
You can find her enjoying the theatre, collaborating with other writers in a writing group and delighting in a daily dose of dark chocolate.
In addition, she writes short fiction stories, essays and creative non-fiction with a style of intrigue, encouragement or humor. Her writing has been published on Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and Midlife Boulevard. Laurie blogs at A Square of Chocolate.
Laurie’s Blog: www.asquareofchocolate.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/asquareofchocolate/
Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:
(Winner of the Two Drops of Ink Fiction Writing Challenge, 2017)