Some days, it’s really hard to find the time and initiative to do anything productive on the blog. For most of the week, I’ll be lucky if I’m able to visit your blogs. That’s why I try to do the most of the blogging/commenting during the weekends. But by the time Saturday rolls around, I’m at least a thousand blog posts behind. I also have to make sure that I’ve got my posts scheduled for the week, so if I’m not inspired to write any reviews, chances are, you won’t see or hear much from me for that week.
Sundays are my designated writing days. During the week, I’ll write a little bit, never full blog posts. I usually have my line up of posts for the coming week drafted by Sunday, except for my Throwback Thursday.
Lately, though, I’m surprise that I’m able to keep my readers updated. So what brought on these sparks of inspiration? Well, for one, I finally found a good place to blog in my house. I’ve also figured out some factors that stop me from writing. I thought I’d share some of my findings.
Cluttered house, cluttered mind.
This came to me through an ironic epiphany of sorts. I find it hard to write (or read, for that matter) if my house is in a state of disarray. Particularly, in my bedroom where my corner office is not a big space. The thing is, my bedroom is furnished sparsely, so the odds of it being cluttered is very small. However, my side of the bed is overflowing with books – which, ultimately is the clutter that I speak of. Do you see the irony?
When I painted my living room in white, and re-arranged the books, I found the cleanliness of the space very soothing. Therefore inspiring productivity. Nowadays, I do most of my writing in one corner of my couch, surrounded by pillows and books for a view.
Music to my ears.
I’m sure most writers would tell you how much music helps the creative flow. I, for one, used to hate it when there’s background noise – of any kind! However, I found that if I’m listening to wordless music (instrumental or classical), I’m able to concentrate more. I suppose some easy-listening tunes help as well. My go-to playlists are albums by Regina Spektor and A Fine Frenzy.
A shower of thoughts.
Sometimes, no matter how much I force myself, I’m not able to string a few words to express exactly what I’m trying to say. I find that if I step back and do something else, I’m able to come back to the writing board with a fresh mind. My favourite thing? A shower. I’m not even kidding! Some prefer to go for a walk, but me? I like taking a shower.
Where to find inspiration?
I can’t answer this question. I just write when it strikes. That’s why my phone is a handy tool. Because when it comes, I write little notes for myself for future reference.