10 Ways to Get Your Muse Out of Neutral

  1. Go somewhere public—a cafe, a mall, a park—and eavesdrop. Write down the most interesting thing you hear and create a scene around it.
  2. Watch an old movie or TV show you loved as a child (for me, it’s The Partridge Family). Let yourself really feel what you loved about it when you were a kid. Then do a freewrite from that place of childlike joy. (Write about the movie/show or whatever else comes up.)
  3. Eat something you’ve never eaten before. Eat it slowly, and experience the texture, taste, feel and smell of it. Compile a list of adjectives, verbs and nouns that describe the experience. Make the list as long as you can. Then use the words to write a love scene.
  4. Go to an outdoor place you love—a pond, a beach, a woody path, a park—and write there.
  5. Do a freewrite. Make yourself keep writing for at least 10 minutes. Start with “I remember when…” Or, for something different: “I don’t remember when…” Better yet, do both.
  6. Go for a walk and pretend you’re from another planet. Notice everything—sights, smells, sounds—as if you’re experiencing it for the first time. Then write about something you encountered on your walk.
  7. Make a collage from pictures you clip from magazines. A day later, look at what you’ve created and write about the theme you see in the pictures or a story they tell.
  8. Take an hour for yourself and do whatever you feel like doing. Spend the last 10 minutes of the hour writing about whatever comes up.
  9. Find something you wrote in the past—a journal entry, a note, a list, a homework assignment, an e-mail—and write about the person who wrote it as if he/she was a character rather than an earlier version of you.
  10. (Variation on Number 3): Eat something you loved as a child but never eat now. (For me, it’s a Pop-tart.) Eat it slowly, and experience the texture, taste, feel and smell of it. Compile a list of adjectives, verbs and nouns that describe the experience. Make the list as long as you can. Then use the words to write about someone from your past.

Copyright © Sandy Ackers, Strangling My Muse: Struggling to Live a Creative Life in a Stressful World, http://www.stranglingmymuse.com

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13 Responses to “10 Ways to Get Your Muse Out of Neutral”


  1. 1 Cassandra Jade December 9, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Some great advice. Getting out of the house is always a good one as you can start to feel the walls closing in on you when completely stuck. Thanks for this post.

  2. 3 annashareen December 13, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Good ideas! I like the one about writing about food – I’ve done that kind of thing before and found the results surprising.

  3. 4 Michael Graeme December 13, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Good advice, and a very beautiful photograph!I especially liked the one about eating something you loved as a child. (Sherbet dip)

  4. 5 stranglingmymuse December 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I’m glad you like my ideas, Anna and Michael — and thanks for letting me know!
    –Sandy

  5. 6 De De Girl December 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Just reading this got me excited to write! If only the weather wasn’t so cold, I would go out write now and do some people watching!! Thanks!

    • 7 stranglingmymuse December 30, 2009 at 6:01 pm

      I’m happy this post inspired you, De De Girl — and I hope you do some writing inside while it’s cold! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
      –Sandy


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