I am a divinely inspired writer. I don’t mean to say that I write inspirational, spiritual, or religious material. I simply mean that when I am in need of ideas, the Universe/God/Source provides them. How do I know this? Faith. I believe that the idea, or word, or answer I need comes to me through God. The feeling I experience when this happens is hard to explain, but I’m certain it happens to all of us. The thought I think just feels right. I’ve learned not to question it; I just run with the idea, or write down the word, or walk in a certain direction. I frequently crack writer’s block when I keep my faith strong and remember to recognize the help when it arrives.
So how can you learn to recognize divine inspiration? Try these easy steps, or practice them again if you haven’t done so in a while. Then feel writer’s block crumble.
Have youever brainstormed a story idea? You experience divine inspiration when you do this. Jamee Rae explains the brainstorming process in her recent blog article. I read her article on brainstorming with great interest. I’ve been stuck on a scene in a short story and I thought maybe a brainstorming session would help me get things going again. Jamee’s article is a great “how to” guide for this traditional writers’ practice. You can experience divine inspiration in progress through a session of brainstorming. Once you get started and the word associations or thoughts come to you, let them come freely. Don’t invite your self-editor to this session. Write everything down that comes to your mind, and find yourself in the flow of divine inspiration.
2. Perform the Mundane
Sometimes when I’ve reached a point where everything I write is garbage, I step away from my work in progress and do everyday tasks. When I’m driving is usually a productive time for me because I can think about a particular problem in my writing and usually arrive at my destination for my story. You can even put yourself in your character’s shoes and perform a mundane chore to break out of a rut. What’s running through your protagonist’s mind while she does the dishes, folds laundry, or polishes her nails? Try to focus your thoughts as if they are your character’s and discover what he’s thinking or feeling. Letting your mind wander is a great way to send your self-editor packing and open up to receiving divine inspiration.
3. Meditation/Quiet Retreat
Not only is meditation very relaxing for the body, but it can also relax the mind enough to open it up to receiving inspiration. This practice is not as scary or strange as you may think. You don’t have to be formal about it at all. You can either find a method that you like by Googling “meditation techniques” or simply retreat to your favorite quiet place. Concentrate on your breathing and then relax, and let the inspiration flow to your mind.
What do you do to allow divine inspiration into your life? I’d love to hear your ideas.