You know those days when the words don't come was easily as you want them to? When writing is more of a struggle than a pleasure? Check yourself: are you trying to pour from an empty cup? Are you lacking necessary inspiration?
Confession: this has been a kind of an empty-cup summer for me. I've battled low self-esteem and stress over some aspects of the business side of being a writer. I didn't do a good job of seeking out things that would inspire me as a writer. Even though I kept writing and working on various projects, I felt that emptiness. The words didn't pour like they had before, like I knew they could.
This month, I started filling my "writer cup" (which, let's be honest, is probably a coffee mug).
First, I attended Writer's Digest's Annual Conference. I could do an entire blog post about the conference, but for now, let's just say that three days of conference sessions and keynotes and being surrounded by fellow writers who share the same passions and dreams and goals? Pretty cup-filling.
While in NYC, I saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time on Broadway. I'm a theater junkie anyway, but seeing a book I love come to life? Awesome.
|Curious Incident... Stage|
|Tour de Compadres 2016|
|American Tobacco Campus|
I'm pouring from a full cup and loving every minute of it.
If your writer cup is empty, do something to fill it back up.
Visit an indie bookstore for an author's reading and book signing.
Watch a movie, maybe one that you wouldn't normally pick.
Check out a museum for a couple of hours -- art, science, history, doesn't matter.
Go to a concert or listen to a new song. (Might I suggest one of these?)
Do something Instagram-worthy. (Or Snapchat-worthy? IDK, I'm old.)
Re-read a favorite book that's falling apart from being opened so many times.
Walk around somewhere beautiful.
Then pour your heart from the full cup onto the page.
I can't wait to read what you write.