It goes without saying that this year has been a tough one. As writers, we know that finding motivation to stay creative can be difficult, even in the best of times. Some writers like to sit in a café and use the buzz around them to find inspiration. Others hit the gym, using the time on a treadmill or exercise bicycle to stimulate the creative juices.
But what happens when the cafés and gyms are closed? How can we stay motivated?
Sure, we can put on a series or movie on Netflix, maybe play a video game to clear our heads. But that often leads us down a rabbit hole of more TV and just one more game. That’s not to say that this can’t be inspirational. As long as we use it as a tool to stay creative and not just to procrastinate. A good movie or series in the same genre as what we write can inspire and rekindle the creative juices. Even video games have stories and by engaging in them, it can also help us be creative.
But these are sedentary activities. And when we’re locked down at home and bored, we tend to sit and snack more. They don’t call it the “Covid 19” for nothing! Remember how hard it was in the early Covid days to find flour. Suddenly everyone wanted to bake and nosh. And it didn’t have anything to do with watching The Great British Bake Off!
One of the best ways to clear our head, get a little exercise and gain a bit of inspiration is to just take a walk. Put on some headphones, listen to some music, maybe play a meditation app and just wander. Fresh air and avoiding social contact is a great way to clear one’s head and focus on an idea. Take a different route every day as you never know what you’ll discover about your area when you’re not whizzing by in a car. Make sure to have a notepad, a note app or a voice recording app ready for when the ideas start flowing.
A healthy routine creates a healthy mind. And a healthy mind is more creative.