How to get out of the block…

Block The beginning of a writer’s life can be the hardest and the easiest…the hardest part is actually making your way to the paper, creating the space in time and committing to the process and the easiest part is you just have to stop the excuses and start tapping away, I know not as easy as it sounds but in some ways it’s just that simple. Before long you’ll begin to find your groove and set a routine for your writing practice, but one day something strange happens, you begin to feel the walls of procrastination creep in. I’ll write my next blog post tomorrow, I think about that later, I promise I’ll do this by the end of the week, until it’s the end of the week and the page is still blank. Yep that is what happened to me, it’s the end of the week and the post I was working on didn’t feel right no matter how much I tried to make it work, it just wasn’t happening. So here’s my writer’s block solution, go find another creative outlet. Do you enjoy painting, doodling, dancing, or photography? Dive into something else to loosen up the creative muscles and that’s just what I did, I jumped into my photo gallery and selected a few shots of my stepping out venture the other day and brought them to life for you.
Natures Art
This twisted vine sculpture caught my eye in how easily nature can create its own works of art.
Turtles
Just for fun – Can you find the turtles sunbathing?
Lake view
Enjoy your creative journey and do a little doodle dance…

Stepping out to step back in…

Nature blog3Making waves and stirring up the status quo is what it took for me to answer last week’s post “What do writers do for fun?” So I made a go of it, by stepping away from the writing routine to venture out and find my way to fun, which for me involves simply being outdoors. As I was strolling along my nature trail I realized that the whole idea of “fun” is subjective isn’t it? My version of fun may not come close to your version of fun, some people need physical activity to experience fun like playing a sport or boating or skiing and some people can have fun by being a spectator watching a sport or going to a live concert. Whichever activity falls into your definition of fun, I’ve discovered how important it is to the writing life to factor in some aspect of fun every now and then. By doing so, you spur creativity that brings in a fresh perspective once you return to the pad ready to write, even if it starts out by writing about the fun you had.

Just for the fun of it this past weekend, I stepped into my fun zone, taking in the sights and sounds of nature. This is where I was able to silence the mind chatter long enough to enjoy what was right in front of me, the trail, the canopy of trees, the water snake slithering through the creek current, the birds chatting back and forth, the goats in the far off field, dogs barking at passersby, and the spray of the waterfall that helped guide me back home. That was fun, my little day venture, as simple as it sounds, getting out into the open spaces of nature is just another writing tool I use when the wheels of creativity get stuck. Stepping out, so I can step back in. stepping out nature

Park it!

Park it already…So tell me when was the last time you visited one of our National Parks? Did you know there are over 59 parks and many more designated parkways and historical sites right in our own backyard? Of course we know of the great landmarks like the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, Yosemite in California, or the Great Smoky Mountains in my home state of Tennessee but what if I let you in on a little secret…what if I told you that there are some other cool National Parks that nobody knows, well at least until they read all about them. If you are an outdoor enthusiast and appreciate all that nature has to offer for a fun getaway then venture beyond the norm and check out some of these lesser known parks that just might satisfy your appetite for adventure. Think of it like going to your local community theatre, sure there are the big productions that come into town or that you go see when you visit the big city but often times the smaller less publicized shows you find just as enjoyable. Recently I’ve been following the National Parks e-news and I stumbled upon the “the places nobody knows” directory that provides insight into 25 not so famous park adventures. The directory shares highlights of the park and relates it to one of its bigger park siblings along with what you may experience in that particular park. So rather than plan for that big road trip, check out this great resource for your next retreat, you just might be closer to a National Park than you knew. Visit the National Park Service www.nps.gov  along with the National Park Foundation www.nationalparks.org online to explore more interesting park facts, find helpful travel tips and be sure to subscribe for the informative e-newsletter and free downloads including “the places nobody knows”  www.nationalparks.org/theplacesnobodyknows 

 

I can’t wait to hear about your “Park it” adventures. Will you Go Big, go small or stay home?