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5 Tips To get Your Inspiration Back!

 

Do you ever lose the desire to write?

Not sure where to begin?

Has it been to the point that you have no desire to even pick up the pen or open up the laptop?

I never thought this would happen to me but it did. I have been writing for 2 blogs, putting together and communicating with others for collaborations like PAY DAY Pay it Forward Thursdays and Stuff it ‘Storetry’ Tuesdays all on top of managing a family with 8 children.  Busy doesn’t quite cut it!

Now I’m sure you have read these pointers elsewhere before, it is the internet after all but I want to share some things that I realized this morning that helped me get out of my rut, especially when it comes to writing poetry.

Routine:  Routine is so very important.  I used to wake up, get the kids on the bus, make my coffee and go and sit on my sofa and read a few blogs.  Then I would take a moment to write, which usually occurred during reading other posts or poetry, something would stir and the poetry would just come.  My internet at home has been limited lately so I haven’t been able to read the morning posts so I haven’t even bothered to sit and relax in the same spot.  I know that this has been a major factor for my lack of inspiration.  Reading other peoples blogs and poetry for inspiration and sitting in the same spot at around the same time will surely help me with my muse less blues!

Music: Repeat/Replay: I also used to find my favorite song of the day and play it on repeat, kind of putting me into an inspirational trance.  If I’m on a roll and the music changes then so can my flow, thoughts, emotions and ideas that get stirred by the song. I am a huge music fan so this definitely helps me.  My music choice has been lacking in the morning because of my limited use of the inter net.   I can’t You Tube my favorite songs right now so I guess I need to ‘pay’ iTunes a little visit or replay some older songs, like I did this morning.  Voila!

Change your Self Talk:  You are not suffering from writers block.  Your muse has not left you high and dry!  You CAN do this.  You will do this. You’ve so got this!  Self-talk is so important in our writing lives and in our day-to-day lives.  Believe for good things in your life!  Expect them.  Even if when you say it aloud it sounds like the furthest thing from your actual thoughts, say it anyway.  You have to start somewhere.  Do not accept defeat.  Make yourself believe it.

Write Anyway:  This morning was the first time that I picked up a pen in a long while.  I wrote two poems and when I reread them I thought, this is ‘crap’!  And it was.  It was completely uninspired and forced but what came after one or two ‘silly and uninspired’ poems was the poem below.  Now whether you regard this poem as fantastic or not, is not really the point.  The point is that I did.  This poem ‘inebriated my dried out riverbed’.  If you’re stuck on a prose project, write anyway.  Write until it flows if you have to, change the topic or idea, move onto something else, grab a paper and write out a rant releasing all of your frustrations, then return and keep at it.

Stop Being Lazy: I mean this in the most respectful of ways but really! Get out of bed when you get an inspired idea for a blog or a few lines for a poem or a story or chapter for your book.  Grab a napkin, excuse yourself and run to the washroom when out for dinner and write down your five lines.  When it comes, it comes and if you let it fade away, it will.  Especially for poetry! If it is a priority, then prioritize it!

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Muse less Blues

Where is the depth of me?

I feel dried up like a cracked riverbed

Dehydrated,

Debilitated

Longing to be inebriated by my muse

To drink away these dried up blues

To come alive with vibrant hues

Clues to find the fountain of my muse

To cure these muse less blues

© Jennifer David (me) 2013

 Stay inspired, keep writing!  Continued success to you all.
Jennifer

The Grin

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Art: Valencia Pierre

I can feel it creeping in

The little corners of my mouth

Want to turn against me and give in

To an awe inspired grin

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Storetry # 7: It’s Here! A Collaboration Challenge for Poets and Writers. Get published.

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Welcome to Stuff It Tuesdays:  The Storetry Collaboration Challenge

I’d like to thank everyone for the fabulous contributions.  I really enjoy reading all of the submissions and putting the ‘Storetry’ (a word that I created, part story, part poetry) together.  I only wish I had more time to spend on it!

This is my sevnth installment of the Stuff It Tuesday ‘Storetry’ Collaboration Challenge. Continue reading

Storetry # 6: It’s Here! A Collaboration Challenge for Poets and Writers. Get published.

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Welcome to Stuff It Tuesdays:  The Storetry Collaboration Challenge

I’d like to thank everyone for the fabulous contributions.  I really enjoy reading all of the submissions and putting the ‘Storetry’ (a word that I created, part story, part poetry) together.  I only wish I had more time to spend on it!

This is my sixth installment of the Stuff It Tuesday ‘Storetry’ Collaboration Challenge. Continue reading

Paper Doll

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Paper Doll

Paper doll hair

Held on with paper squares

Make belief shoes

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Stuff It Tuesday. Storetry #4 A collaboration challenge for writers and poets!

This is the fourth installment of ‘Stuff it Tuesdays!’  Time sure does fly doesn’t it!

This week came together nicely despite the fewer number of entries.  I was left wanting to read the next Chapter!

Thank you so much to everyone that has participated so far.  I’ve really loved how all of these Storetries have turned out!

Please watch for next weeks opening paragraph and closing poem it will be listed at the end of this ‘Storetry’ and in the tab entitled Stuff It on my main page.

Now there is more incentive to participate!  I have been putting some thought into these wonderful collaborations and I think with the permission of all of those that have participated in this one and the past 3 that I may publish a free e Book, no one (myself included) would make a profit from it but that contains all of these fantastic ‘Storetries’, complete with every person that has submit to a ‘storetry’s name and blog address in the same fashion they are laid out here.  These are far to good not to share and you will be ‘published’ and the ‘world’ can read your writing/poetry!!  If you do not want to be included in the book I will remove your entry.  I will email everyone that has participated about it when time draws nearer to publishing. Continue reading

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I was sitting at my make up table this morning getting ready for the day and I was inspired to write, yet again.

It comes on like a song that keeps repeating itself until you finally sing and dance to it then maybe, just maybe it will pass and leave you be.

I think my mind has turned into poetry.

Such a different perspective.  Photographers have lenses, they can adjust and use to alter a frame.  As a writer I never heard the song of poetry, as I focused on fact and insight, intellect.

Now everything has song and beauty to it.

All of my thoughts become poetry.

I think differently lately.

I see differently lately.

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PAY DAY THURSDAY: Introducing Jim The Running Son

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So this week I have collaborated with Jim, The Running Son in my first ever attempt at a ‘poetry’ battle, poem collaboration!

Don’t forget to vote at the end!

Let’s find out a little more about Jim.  The drum roll please…..

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Nonsensical

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The poem begins now.

So I call this poem nonsensical.  I wanted to challenge myself.  I always try to search for and pass on meaning, depth, an underlying message in my poetry and I thought this might be a great exercise to help me write outside of my box.  To help me learn to write words that have no correlation, that are nonsensical.  But see this is impossible because all things are related and all words are correlated.  Whether we have the eyes to see it or the soul to feel it.   You can never walk away from it.

While this exercise stretched my word association and the way I think about words I realized that I quite like my box.

So I either failed this exercise miserably or it led me further, deeper in my journey to self-discovery.

Nonsensical

The glimmering dull echo of touch

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Weekly Writing Collaboration Challenge with the Mrs. For writers, poets and photographers…come on I know you have the ‘write’ stuff!

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So I have come up with a weekly collaboration idea!  I challenge you as writers and poets to “stuff” my opening and closing paragraphs with a written paragraph of no more than 5 sentences or a poetry verse of 6 lines that would fit as the “stuffing” of the story.

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