Often I find settling down to do the work is just hard. Seat in chair, we writers are told. Here are
7 Ways to Avoid Writing and Still Feed Your Imagination:
1. Take a walk in the woods. The fresh scents and sun-stretched tree shadows will have you waxing creatively in no time. This is a scene among the big trees in Goldstream Park in Victoria, B.C.
2. Go for a ride on a merry-go-round and fill your brain with childlike thoughts which know no inhibitions. Allow your imagination to pump up and down with the animals and remember how children say whatever comes into their heads. Remove your own thought filters for the day and see what happens.
3. Watch a sunset. Start early and sit comfortably, letting the panorama paint before your eyes. Just clear your brain and let the riotous colours edge out all your worries. When you go to bed that night, put a pencil and pad on your night table just in case your brain calls you to jot ideas after priming it with such beauty.
4. Find a picture from one of your holidays which allows you to glimpse other civilizations. In spite of yourself, you’ll start seeing stories of days gone by where people long dead and gone speak their secrets and you capture them (the secrets) in wondrous words.
5. Follow a little child around a zoo and watch the look of wonder as they discover the animal world for the first time. Imagine describing your settings with that wide-eyed approach. Relax and let it happen.
6. Look at an iceberg which tipped upside down overnight and is now showing its underside to the little boat of chilly but enchanted watchers cruising beside it. Later take a drink of 10,000 year old ice dipped from the sea and chipped into glasses. Think how small each of us is.
7. Go hiking in the mountains near Canmore Alberta with friends and know just what your insignificant place is in this world. All else is nothing.
Consider leaving a comment to suggest how you clear your brain so the imagination can slip in with novel (pun intended!) ideas.