Dry Spells: any creative person gets them. My personal experience with dry spells is with writing and photography: sometimes I just don’t feel like I have anything to contribute or give. I don’t feel like writing a blog post, nor do I feel like picking up the camera at times. Thankfully the two dry spells don’t seem to happen at the same time. Right now I seem to be in a writing dry spell. I haven’t blogged in quite a while, which isn’t good, because when my blogging goes down, so does my income. Plus, I have made commitments to blog regularly, to myself and to another blog site that features my writing. So blog I must, even if I don’t feel like I have something to say!
So! How does one combat a dry spell? How do YOU combat a dry spell? Feel free to comment. In the meantime, here’s a few things I’ve done in the past to combat a dry spell:
1. Just do it, as Nike says. Or as Master Yoda says, “there is no try. Do, or do not, but there is no try.” Today I am doing…even if it feels like I’m trying.
2. Meditate, consistently and persistently. This usually works for me, because I meditate every day, even during dry spells. Something seems to happen during meditation, some inner shift, that allows for ideas to spring forth.
3. Read something different. I read a lot of books. It sort of goes with the territory: I’m in a Masters Degree program. I read and study and produce assignments. You would think that what I read about would produce plenty of blog food, and normally it does. I read about spiritual psychology and pastoral counseling and spiritual leadership and Ernest Holmes (lots of him) and quantum physics and philosophy and religion. Sometimes it gets a bet heavy in my mind with all that stuff rolling around in there. That can contribute to the writer’s block. Try to not read as many books as I do. Stick with one or two and see if that doesn’t help.
4. Search the web for blog topics, or use your friends. My friends provide a frequent source of blog food, as well as anecdotes in my speaking engagements. So far they haven’t protested, plus I don’t speak or write of confidential things, just little every day things that would illustrate a point quite nicely. I also subscribe to a news magazine that provides frequent blog food.
5. When all else fails, give it a rest. Be gentle with yourself. Sometimes we just need a break. But not too long of a break. I’m writing today because tomorrow is the first of the month and if I don’t produce something today the blog site that features my blog is going to do something dire, I’m not quite sure what, but I’m not ready for that yet.
Why blog? Well, if you are like me and you sell your services, blogging is an excellent way to spread the good news. Plus it is usually quite fun. I love being able to sit down and write something, post it on my blog and on Facebook and on usedview.com, along with links to the blog on Twitter and Linked In, and then see what the reaction is.
That’s just what I’m going to do: post this puppy! Maybe that will break my dry spell…..