Monday, August 27, 2007

Recharge The Muse

How long has it been since you wrote something creative? If you're already a working freelance writer, I'm guessing it's been a while. If you run out of juice regularly because you burn yourself out writing two dozen articles about types of tire rubber (yes, I've done that one myself!)you might benefit from some creative writing.

I have to get pretty creative to come up with unique content sometimes. Some of the subjects I get are pretty hard on me but I find that if I feel stale, connecting to the muse can often help.

Take some time today to write creatively. Tapping into the muse can recharge you so you can get back to work with some new vim and vigor. While you're at it, revise your work afterwards with my favourite thesaurus game and add to your vocabulary as well.

Here are some writing prompts to get you started:

Writing Prompt #1

Write today about what you would do if you won the lottery. Write it from two perspectives such as if you were a selfless philanthropic type and write it from the standpoint of a hedonistic, greedy person as well. Dream big and consider yourself filthy rich. Would you pave your bathroom in gold? Would you give away vacation to strangers? Would you throw a party in the streets of Calcutta and feed everyone the most lavish meal they have ever set eyes on? What would you do with a limitless amount of money?

Prompt # 2

Describe something really boring in great detail. Of course this isn’t going to be the most fun writing prompt ever but sometimes we need to go back to basics in terms of writing and figure out how to write something that isn’t fun. It could be detail about how to wash the dishes in great detail or how to sort the laundry by colour. After you’ve written this boring set of steps, write about what you would rather have done today. The anticipation of the more fun writing assignment could help you feel empowered and motivated to get through the boring assignment more quickly. Don’t you write with more vim and vigor when you’re excited?

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