Top 10 Ways to Snap Back into The Creative Zone

As a writer, it isn’t uncommon to occasionally have bouts with writer’s block. This can be frustrating, especially if you write online and are hoping to make some sort of income with your ramblings.

Writer’s block is a condition - a disease meant to take down the writing profession. It is described as a time in which an author loses their ability to produce new work. It is as if the writer has lost their creative mojo. This condition can vary in its intensity and duration. It can last a few hours or even a few years. It can leave you without any ideas. Or it could just be the thought your writing is inferior or unsuitable to be read by the outside world.

However, there is hope. Don’t let this condition cause you to abandon your hobby (or your writing career). You may find your block is something easily be fixed. You may have just lost your inspiration or been out of your creative zone.

There are many reasons you may have writer’s block. Maybe you are stressed out or suffering from depression or other health issues. Financial issues or time constraints can also aid your ailment. Yet, if you are looking for inspiration, it might just be right outside your front door.

So, if you have found this because you too are suffering from writer’s block, I hope this list can help you create something beautiful!

Nice fall day... why not take a stroll

Take off your shoes and let the leaves crunch under your feet. It might set the ideas in motion.
Take off your shoes and let the leaves crunch under your feet. It might set the ideas in motion. | Source

1. Take a Walk

A healthy body will lead to a healthy mind. The exercise you get from going on a walk will help lower your stress levels and clear your head. So go ahead and fill up your lungs with all the fresh air you want. Studies have also shown being outdoors can raise your mood and have positive effects on your health. (So avoid the treadmill and go for a walk the old fashioned way!) One reason for this is because the levels of serotonin will rise just by being outside. The effects will have you clearing your head, lowering your depression and snapping you back into a creative zone.

As an added bonus, walking is a great way to lose weight. If you are a person that spends too much time in front of the computer eating ding dongs, going for a walk will keep you from ballooning up. So, not only will you get back into the groove, but you will stay happier and healthier. So go for a walk and then get back to your writing!

Aliens on the Moon

2. Surround yourself with Kids

If you have ever been around children (and I am pretty sure most of us have!), you are pretty familiar with their active imaginations. Having your own children is an instant inspiration. (Although I will admit they will take away from your writing time!) People are always seek parenting advice, and parents, well, are never short of giving it. Writing on parenting styles, children’s toys, your children, or just activities to do with your kids are instant hubs.

If you don’t have any children, don’t fear. You can still get inspiration from them. Visit family or friends that have children (or offer to babysit!) Listen to what they say; watch how they play; pay particular attention to how they view the world. Children will always come up with a different take on everyday items. For instance, if you ask my daughter about the aliens on the moon, well, you will have quite the story on your hands.

3. Make an idea bucket

Now this might not be the best idea if you are currently out of ideas. But, do you remember how a month ago you had so many ideas you couldn’t even keep track of them all? Most writers can relate. But, how you deal with these ideas can make all the difference.

I have a notebook (ok, I have several) I use to write down all my ideas. The problem with just writing them down in several different notebooks is they lack organization. And, if you are searching for an idea, you still have to come up with which topic you want to write about.

If you decide to use an idea bucket, gather a container and a few sheets of paper. As you get an idea, write them down on a slip of paper, fold it up, and toss it in the bucket. Soon, your bucket will be overflowing with ideas. When you are running on empty, grab one of these ideas and just go with it. You never know what you might come up with. Now this is a form of what I like to call forced writing. When you draw an idea out of the bucket, your don’t have a choice about what you are writing about. Therefore, you take the wishy-washy feelings out of the whole experience.

Note: It will probably be counterproductive to stick timely ideas in the bucket. If possible, write those when you get the idea. Save the bucket for ideas that are timeless and can be written at anytime.

4. Use Writing Prompts

Writing prompts are random ideas or a just a sentence that force you to just write. As a writer, most of us should be familiar with writing prompts. While using writing prompts on a daily basis is good practice, a writing prompt can also help get us into the creative mood.

Here is the key. If you are doing writing prompts, set yourself a goal of how long you would like to write each day. Say it is just 10 minutes. Now set a timer and go. This is also forced writing, but they key is, you can’t stop. If you run out of things to say, you continue to repeat your last word or phrase… your last word or phrase… your last word or phrase. It is a little like a broken record. Eventually, if you repeat it enough, someone will give you a quick slap and you will be off and running again.

So many books to choose from

There are so many different authors out there. Who is your favorite author? What is your favorite genre? With so much to choose from, inspiration is crawling on every page!
There are so many different authors out there. Who is your favorite author? What is your favorite genre? With so much to choose from, inspiration is crawling on every page! | Source

5. Read a Book

A good writer doesn’t just write. They are also a reader. Reading is very important to writing because it helps to expand our vocabulary; help us in recognizing proper grammar and punctuation usage; and it also is a mold for our writing style. If you have a favorite author, compare your writing to that person or several of your favorites. Most of the time, you will find your styles have similarities. We read what we like, and we like what we write, and we write like we read.

Yet, reading will also help in another way. Anybody who loves books, loves a good story. Yet, these stories might be inspiration for other stories. After all, there are only so many plots, and the same plot may have been told over and over again. Look at the story of Cinderella. That story line has been used several times, and it may not have always involved a glass slipper or a prince. The plot is there, but the way you tell it is limitless!

6. Write a Letter

As a teenager, I could write a letter in every single class, pass it to my friend as we passed each other in the hallway and still talk on the phone to them for hours every night without running out of things to say. So, what is it about a letter that helps us to put words on paper. Is it because we are essentially talking to someone? Is it the format or the style? Either way, if you are in a rut, writing a letter might be just the cure you were looking for. Maybe you first recipient can be the rut your in!

Dear Rut,

Why do you torture me with endless words that never create a sentence. I feel the grasp you have on me is unnerving and frustrating. However, I am stronger than that and vow I will break away from your gripe. You are weak and I am strong. Therefore, I am getting away from you Rut and you don’t have a say in it.

Much Gratitude, The Writer in a Rut

Your recipient can be anybody. Write a letter to a family member; write a letter to a famous celebrity; write a letter to your favorite animal; write a letter to the president; write a letter to the tree in your front yard. It doesn‘t matter who you write to, as long as you are writing! The best part is, you don’t even have to send it to them.

7. Have a Conversation with Someone

Inspiration can come at the oddest times. When I am talking with someone, they will say a silly catch phrase and immediately a light bulb will pop on in my head. Yep, that has got to be my next hub. Some of my greatest hub ideas have come from this very way. I must give a shout out to RealHousewife, because she is one crazy character. Since we are friends on Facebook, this gives us the opportunity to comment back and forth on each other’s status updates. Through these, or just email messages, she has given me some great ideas that I might never have thought of otherwise.

So, if you are dreading that dinner date with your crazy relative or off-the-wall friend, think of it as research. The crazier the conversation, the more likely you are to come up with a killer idea!

8. Return to the Caveman Days

Yes, you heard me right. Return to the caveman days. Turn off that computer or the laptop or even your Netbook or Ipad. The current running through those electronics is frying your creative braincells. So do it the old fashioned way. I won’t suggest using a rock tablet and a stone to carve in the letters, but at least grab a notebook and a pen… kike we used to in the old days. Write until you fill up a notebook or write until you run out of ink. You will be amazed at how freeing it is to write on paper instead of always typing everything. Who knows… it might even be what you need to get the creativity flowing once again.

As an added bonus, imagine how much exercise your hand will get from writing on a notebook instead of typing on a laptop or keyboard. If you have done most of your work in the form of typing for the last few years, you will notice how sloppy your handwriting has become, and how sore your hand gets in just a few minutes of writing by hand. It can be a great escape, and you can take a notebook with you anywhere!

Escape the pressures of life... and write about it

While not everybody can afford to go on a hot air ballon ride, you can still experience life and write about it. It's the small things you do which will strike creativity. So take a break, bring your kids to the park, or just go for a walk.!
While not everybody can afford to go on a hot air ballon ride, you can still experience life and write about it. It's the small things you do which will strike creativity. So take a break, bring your kids to the park, or just go for a walk.! | Source

9. Experience Life

If you do nothing, how can you expect to have any fresh ideas? When you live life, life will supply you with plenty of ideas. If you do nothing but sit in front of a computer, it will eventually wear on you. Sure, you might have a great imagination, but having experiences will mold the stories you tell.

Experiencing life doesn’t have to cost much. Sure, you might occasionally want to write about the time you survived your trip into the jungle. But, you could very easily write about taking your children to the park. Or how about an article about being stuck in traffic? The ideas could be endless. Living life will have the ideas continually coming to you.

So, don’t think you need to spend all your time writing. Go out and experience life and write about it. Think of it as researching your next topic.

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10. Make a List

People either love or hate lists. Whether it is reading a list or creating your own, this is something people will either be drawn too (because of its quick passages) or turned off from (because they don’t expect to get any real information from it). But, if you are currently reading this, chances are good you like lists too.

Making a list is also a great way to brainstorm. For instance, you can make a list of the Top Ten Reasons Why a Monkey Would Make a Great Pet. Or you can make a list of the Top Movies for the year 2011. How about the Top 5 Ways to Ask Someone Out. The topics are endless and are totally up to you.

So get out there and make a list! I just did this!

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

You have some great suggestions here. I never get writer's block though. If I wrote 8 hours a day for 5 years, I might get caught up with all I want to get down on paper. I now many will find your Hub useful and I think you are amazing.


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Nice freaking job my friend. You layed this out beautifully. I've got to say though; I've got so many hubs stuffed in my tiny brain that I sometimes get frustrated. I've limited myself to about two a week, otherwise, due to the subject I write on, more than that can take an emotional toll. Plus I'm afraid the quality might suffer. Problem is the hubs get backed up in that wee litle noggin of mine.

I feel like you're growing as a writer BG. Bee cool girl.

jim


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GrowingDeeper 5 years ago

Well thought out. I certainly have to jot down "seed thoughts" or ideas. My problem is usually going back to them and conveying the totality of what I wanted to express in the moment I had the thought. I (as most writers are) am quite self-critical and that can certainly put a damper on the mental liberty needed for maximum creativity. But, progress not perfection. Just have to keep writing :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Hyphenbird - you are definately lucky. I have been suffering a lot from writer's block lately... not really the lack of ideas kind... more like the lack of motivation kind. I am hoping to snap out of it, because I really do love to write. This was a stepping stone! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim you have definately found a niche that you are comfortable exposing. I find that I like variety... after all it is the spice of life. Therefore, I have a lot of hub ideas in my head, just not the ability to get them down. I think it is time constraints and stress. I have 3 kids that I chase down freguently and it is hard to finish an idea when you keep getting distracted. This one has taken me almost a full week to get done. Although I will admit that it is pretty long, so I guess I shouldn't shrug that off.

BTW - did you check out the video? Ha ha - that is my daughter. I am going to see if I can exploit her by doing a video once a week on her perspective... :) Who knows - maybe it will go viral and then one day Disney will calling us for there next big star! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@GrowingDeeper - very well said. I too have several notebooks with different thoughts. I even have a voice recorder - which I haven't used much because I feel odd speaking into it when there are too many sane adults around. I really need to get over that... most writers aren't totally on the sane side. If they were, how would we come up with all the ideas! LOL


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Oh my God. I didn't notice the video. She-is- truley a gift from Jesus. Absolutely incredible S. I wish the right person could see this. I wouldn't want to get her screwed up with Hollywood, but she is special. Man. I love kids, and I'm a push over for little girls. I have some granddaughters now that push me around something terrible even though I try to be as mean as I can. :/

I could go on and on, but she's awesome. Got Mom's good looks too.

jim


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

BBG28 this is a good hub. There are a few things I do that you've mentioned. Taking walks, writing down ideas, and experiencing life. When I start a new hub I always write on a pad first and get the basics of the hub down.

I aslo would add just getting away from writing for a while. If I get stuck then I just stop writing for days, and sometimes weeks. I go about hubpages all over and watch some tv for inspiration. Sometimes getting away can help lift the fog and spur on multiple ideas for hubs.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, she is a carbon copy of me. In fact, one day I was looking through pictures and she saw one of me when I was younger. When I told her it was me she actually broke out in tears because she was so upset. She really thought it was a picture of her. I think she even said she remembered having the picture taken. She is a character, that child. And she will definately wrap people around her finger when she gets older. She will be a success one day. :)

Thanks for the wonderful compliment - I will pass it on to her. Glad you enjoyed the video!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - I agree... getting away from it can definately lift the fog every once in a while. I did that for awhile, and then I felt a little guilty. I am still taking a bit of a break... which makes me feel guilty because then I don't feel like I am being a good follower to the people I follow. I know... I stress way too much! LOL

I am glad that you too use some of these ideas. It is funny how refreshing it can be to break away from the laptop and open up a notebook! In fact, that is what I did for this article. Of course, it made it take more time cause then I had to type it afterwards, but it definately was a good way to go about things!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Hi Barbergirl...OK...now I know why you are, both, creative AND prolific. Thanks for these ideas...I mostly use the bucket plan....scrawl on a post-it-note...toss in the bucket...scrounge around later when I have an idea that is only half-baked and i need a better one. Perhaps I will go take a walk...


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

You were right barbergirl28, there are a lot of similarities in our ideas. LOL Being a mother myself, I can relate to children providing inspiration for many topics. You have a unique and interesting way of writing and presenting your ideas here. This was a great read! Voted up and awesome! :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Barbergirl, I love YOUR list. Lately, I've been running out of things to write about. Thanks for sharing these tips! =)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ThoughtSandwhiches - I have to be honest... I have never used a idea bucket. Mine usually are just lists in notebooks. But the idea bucket sounded so much more fun. I am glad to meet someone who has used it and has the experience. I am glad you liked my ideas. I just got back from a walk... I tell you... I have a whole half witted hub written out in my head. Now, I just have to get it down on word! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@A.CreativeThinker - thank you so much for stopping buy. I have to admit, when I read yours I was wondering if I almost copied it... lol... it must just mean that great minds think alike! :) And kids are so inspirational. Each one of them is just a touch different. My middle child is the one with the crazy imagination. She is featured in the video. I think I am going to keep up with the videos - I need to work on that skill anyway! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cheerfulnuts - I know how you are feeling. I hope this list helps you get some ideas or inspiration. There is an endless amount of things to right out there, we just need to occasionally clear our head to find it! Good luck! :)


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

barbergirl...Full disclosure requires me to say...I have a idea-7-11 Thirsty-two ounce cup...rather than the traditional "bucket." I also get a lot of ideas in the shower...I can only assume it is because I can do nothing about it...curse the gods. My new routine has become...rinse, repeat, remember...


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mrpooper 5 years ago

Great suggestions. I don't suffer much writer's block. I just call it laziness. Of course I do this more for pleasure the finances. If my next meal was tied to my next article, I might choke under the pressure.


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

Well she is just adorable and I agree with you on great minds!! LOL I sometimes think that writing, like gardening, is a never ending work in progress. Keep up the good work!

Take Care :)

A.CreativeThinker


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well I love the way you speak/write too and you're extremely cute too - lol lol - and that's what makes me extrememly cute too, my pussycat Tiffy by my side, lol lol ......I must post this to my Facebook page with a direct link back here so more people hopefully will pick up on your wisdom, savvy and charm.

lake erie time 10:32am Ontario Canada


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Excellent Hub with great suggestions. I am in the middle of writing a poem about lists so I will link it as long as you don't mind. For some reason when I get writers block or just need a break I play bejeweled or some other game on Facebook.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ThoughtSandwhiches - you can always put it into a song! LOL... then it would be like that irritating song you can forget.... I have a song in my head... it is about a chicken that crossed the road... why did he cross the road... to be with the other meat! ha ha... ok so that makes no sense whatever. I too find my best ideas come from the shower. You can try writing on the bathroom walls. Ha ha - when inspiration strikes... you need to take advantage of it. I actually wrote a hub about it... I think it is called Exercise your right to write on the walls.... something like that. After about 100 hubs they all seem to mash together! LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Mrpooper - Luckily for me, my next meal doesn't rely on my writing either. If it did I would probably weigh as much as my 9 year old daughter. Or eat nothing but ramen noodles! I hope one day I can rely on the income from my writing, but I haven't even gotten my first google Adsense check yet and I have been around for awhile. It probably has more to do with laziness then anything. But, if you do ever struggle with a lack of ideas... I hope this hub helps you! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@A.CreativeThinker - thank you so much. My daughter is going to get a kick out of all the reactions from her video! Now I just have to think of another idea for her. Maybe it will come up when I am writing my next hub! :) Have a great day!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@epigramman - Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. I hope everyone that comes across it enjoys it. I appreciate your added exposure!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - Feel free to link. I appreciate that. I feel you on the games on Facebook. I haven't played them for a long time and about 3 weeks ago I started back up. Now I am back into the addicted stage of Bejeweled Blitz. The game only lasts a minute but I swear, suddenly a whole hour has passed by and I have done absolutely no writing... lol


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

I already use a lot of these methods you've proposed, and they work great! I've never thought of starting an idea bucket though... love it! This is a fantastic listing. I'm feeling more creative already!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Simone - I am going to get onto making the idea bucket. Possibly for my next craft project. It will be fun to decorate and have it on display in the house. Not only will it be a conversation starter, but it will definately keep writing at the front of my mind! :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Clever hub, barbergirl. In addition to the 'writing block breaking' ideas you have suggested, I sometimes get ideas for a hub from the comments I read on the hub. For instance, you mentioned a chicken crossing the road. So my idea - write a hub about all the variations on that theme. Like: a) Why did the duck cross the busy road? To prove he's no chicken. Or 2) Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide. Or 3) Why did the dinosaur cross the road? Because chickens had not been created yet.

See what I mean? I could go on and on ad infinitum.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - for sure this is one to be book marked! Of course - you have also given me a lot of hub ideas too! I love how that works though - it's awesome to be just joking around and then that bulb goes on - big bonus:). Oh hey - I love the video! You and Bella did an awesome job! Very impressive - I even watched the credits all 3 times! Lol. Tell Bella I think she is going to have her own star someday right there on Hollywood Blvd:). Up and all that!!


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GrowingDeeper 5 years ago

Something I have heard of also isnt necessarily a bucket, but an idea file. Just the norma file folder but full of ideas even articles, newspaper clippings, pics, your own ideas, etc. Im not yet that organized or disciplined. The best I have done is tried to index in alphabetical order some 3x5s, but most of those are scattered around, ya know. But, great idea lol


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Everyone of your points are highly recommended except the 'kids' part

Thanks for sharing...Cred2


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@drbj - that is an awesome suggestion. Depending on how many comments there are, I might either skim through them or read them in entirity. It kind of depends on my mood. But, I will admit, that sometimes the comments people make in the hubs are not only great conversations.... but also great hub ideas as well. Thanks for the suggestion! :) I look forward to your up and coming chicken crossing the road hub!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I will definately let Bella know everybody's thoughts on her video. I couldn't resist the ending credits. Now, I just have to figure out how to get some decent music in there and maybe a few graphics without destroying the video. It's a progressive thing I guess. I am goign to try and do a couple videos a month and see what I can get her to say. And maybe for kicks and giggles I will get her a star from the Hollywood Blvd from one of those shops on the sides! Ha ha - she will get a kick out of that.

So, tell your Uncle he has to heal quick. We need you back for inspiration! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@GrowingDeeper - that is a great idea. I might actually have to try that one. I have a box for index cards that I used to have for recipes. Well, I never actually put any recipes in there so it is currently just a box full of empty index cards. But, I can see how it would be very handy. Alot of my ideas just end up floating around in a sea of notebooks... some ideas to never be found again! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Credence - well, the 'kids' part would definately have to depend on the person. Some just aren't kid people. But, my daughter has an active imagination and that definately does spur some ideas for me. :)


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shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

an idea bucket sounds great!


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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

Hey there Barbergirl. shea said the one that stuck out for me . I like that idea bucket. And I actually have been on a computer diet for about the last month and it has been refreshing. Good hub.


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PiaC 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

These are very fabulous suggestions! I'd never considered hanging out with kids or taking a walk, but will do so soon, as I've been trying to fight off both laziness and lack of ideas. Thanks for this excellent Hub!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Well done! I have so many ideas at once, but when I sit down to write, they seem to have escaped my brain. The making a list thing is a wonderful suggestion for me - especially since I tend toward disorganization anyway. Always good to stop and read something of yours - makes me have hope that I can get my mojo back.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Shea - Glad you liked the suggestion. I hope you get the chance to make one soon and it helps if you ever lose your inspiration! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Tony - I think the idea bucket has been sticking out for a lot of people. A familiar idea with a unique twist. I might just have to get on making my very own so I can write a whole hub on just the idea bucket! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Pia - Thanks for stopping by. I am glad that you found some great suggestions. Taking a walk is a great way to fend off the laziness that comes from a lack of ideas. I just got back from a walk. And then I did yoga. I feel so rejuvinated and I also have a flowing amount of ideas I need to get too! :) Hope the suggestions help!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Mo - I find the best way to keep your ideas is to write them down while standing. That should take care of your problem of sitting down and losing them all. I have the same issue. If you make the idea bucket, you can jot it down on a post it note and through it in a bucket. You can even decorate it so it is an accent in your house somewhere!

Good luck at getting your mojo back!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well Bella could be an instant hit - I mean she seems to have her own "take" and it's pretty interesting;) she's got loads of cute! I wonder what she thinks of the tooth fairy and why he wants our old teeth? Hmmmm maybe you could ask her for me - I can't wait to hear the answer! Lol. I always wondered why he - or is it a she? Would want our rotten teeth and why pay us? Idk?

I will really enjoy watching the videos as they progress! Show us what ya got! Lol

Mick is here and healing .....things are starting to slow down just a bit:) whew!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Bella has informed me that the tooth fairy is a girl, because fairies wear dresses and only girls wear dresses therefore, the tooth fairy is usually a girl (I wonder if she thinks there is an occasional male that likes wearing dresses)

As for why the tooth fairy wants our old teeth... she rolled her eyes at me and then gave me a lecture on why it is so important to keep our teeth healthy! LOL I will try to make my next video on the tooth fairy. Next week is coming up fairly quick so I better get on it! :)

Glad to hear Mick is at your house and healing. Take care of that guy! And make sure you read him plenty of funny hubs so he progresses nicely! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Lmao! Bella, Bella, Bella! She is so funny BBG! Omg! Well tell her I'm glad to know the tooth fairly is a girl - I should have figured out the dress thing! And I do try really hard to make sure my teeth are healthy but tell her I have a sweet tooth and I've just never lost that one!

What about the Easter Bunny then? How does he get so many eggs around the world in just one day? And how come I don't get an Easter Basket anymore? How old is too old for a basket? Why isn't it an Easter Chiken? Has she ever seen a bunny lay an egg?? That's just crazy!

Yep she's got a great world she's living in. I just can't wait for Max to catch up a little - I'd love to be a fly on their wall!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Ha ha - so I read her your comment. And then I asked her if she can explain that one for you. She said she will explain that too you tomorrow. So sorry, I can't give you an answer today! LOL - that girl is crazy. BTW - we are doing her video tomorrow! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Don't tell Bella this but LMAO! She probably said I ask too many questions - maybe Abby has a quick answer? Lol they are too funny! Tell them the girls also enjoyed your video and we are all waiting for the next one.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - she didn't exactly say that you asked too many questions... but she did roll her eyes!!! Glad the girls enjoyed it... what did your Mick think of it. I bet he would get a good laugh out of it as well. I plan on doing it sometime tomorrow. We will see if Bella cooperates!


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

I have tried couple of methods and will love to do the rest. Very useful tips.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Binaya - I hope the other suggestions will prove to be useful to you. Let me know how they turn out!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Great advice here BBG. I am a big list writer. I have many lists and re-write them when they get sloppy. If I would just finish what is on the list then I could throw it away. Hmmmm . . . Anyway, I have a Word document page where I type in all my writing ideas. Haven't looked at that for awhile though :) Bella's video is adorable. And you are getting close to that 100!!! Awesome work.

Sharyn


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sharyn - I have a few notebooks that I jot down all my ideas in when they hit... unfortunately I have a bad habit of grabbing which ever one is closest to me. Therefore I think there are 10 different lists floating around and for the life of me I can't find a single one. However, I do have my writing folder that I have articles half written. But those are usually ideas that started and I fizzled out. One day I will go back to them.

As for lists - I really need to finish them. I would have so much less clutter if I did! LOL


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epigramman 5 years ago

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Epi - Unfortnately the money seems to be disappearing.. It must be magic. I haven't even got it yet and it is already gone. Yet I must admit it is wonderful to at least be the hall of famer. Thanks for the added exposure and support! :)


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

I am so glad I came across this article. I agree with all your points, especially about letting go of electronics and returning to caveman days! You'd think if you had writer's block, that browsing online would help. Not for me - in fact, it just frustrates me even more. I definitely do get my inspiration from taking walks, doing things, reading things and speaking to people. I loved reading this! Voting up, awesome, useful, interesting and sharing!


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epigramman 4 years ago

man oh man that is one dynamite profile photo my bodacious Barbergirl 28 and yes I am back to revisit a classic because I desparately need all 10 steps to snap back into a creative zone - sending warm wishes and good energy to you from lake erie time 12:21am


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This are amazing and very workable ideas. I love your tip of writing from life's experiences best. Most of the writer's do that I believe.

Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas.

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Shared this hub too.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Now this is really helpful and useful


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@MelChi - Me too... I actually find it frustrating because there are times when I realize the more time I send online and around electronics the worse things get for me. Life experiences are sometimes the best thing to do to overcome writer's block. Glad you found this useful and helpful! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@epi - Well thank you very much for the wonderful compliment on my new photo! And thank you for coming by to stop in on this hub. After all, you had good timing because even I needed a refresher course for getting back into the creative zone! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@rajan jolly - A person can always tell they are a writer when they are in the middle of having the time of their life and they think... how can I spin this into a story. I have had a pretty busy week and that has been happening all week for me! Got to love taking stories from life experiences! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@rahul0324 - Thank you very much - glad you found it useful!


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boundarybathrooms 4 years ago from Colne, Lancashire, UK

Ah, writer's block - the bane of us all! Thanks for the tips, I'll be checking back here the next time that crippling disease afflicts me :D


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@boundarybathrooms - I hope if you ever need these tips that they will help you out! Thanks for stopping by so I can have a refresher as well! :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Stacy,

Great tips for inspiration on writing if one has gotten stuck for some reason. So far I have never needed to use any of these tips but may have need for them in the future. I have slowed my writing a bit lately in order to update my hundreds of hubs and also do other projects. But I have a new one that will be coming out soon. With kids in the house, you probably have endless inspiration! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Peggy W - You would think with kids I would have endless inspiration but sadly, while they do say the darndest things sometimes, I try to write about it and it just doesn't come out right and I end up scraping the whole thing. I have slowed down a little bit on the writing, but I guess that is partially to do with just life. I feel guilty at times if I spend an enormous amount of time online. After all, I got a family to attend to. Oh yeah - and occasionally it is ok to watch TV :)


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TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

Stacy...Great Hub. Thank you for the insights and your daughter is too cute! I remember when my girls were that age...Thanks for the memories

Voted up, funny (the video) and useful


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@TycoonSam - Thank you so much. Glad that you enjoyed the video. She has such a great way of thinking about things outside the box.


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