When I have high creative energy, I can write anywhere and with all sorts of distractions.  There are days I can’t type fast enough to keep up with the words flying onto the page.  The Muse is with me, and I walk with my characters in a fictional world, a world more real than reality.  But not every writing day is like that, and I have to work to access creative energy.

How does one always access the creative parts of her/his mind?

Goethe's Summer Writing Place

Goethe’s Summer Writing Place
Photo copyright Sarah Blake Johnson

Some writers make writing spaces in their homes, in a park, or in a special location as a way to encourage creative energy.

Creative energy abounds when writers gather together.  Residency at VCFA is a prime example of a place where the air is imbued with creative vibes. Writers also find creative energy at conferences and workshops.  Being with others who value creativity breeds more creativity.

Creative energy may be higher for some writers at certain times of day, such as early morning or late at night.

Here are a few ideas that help me access creative energy on the days when my words feel forced.

  • Sit down and write. Sometimes the process of writing allows creative work to flow.
  • Read a good book.
  • Switch to a different project and let the current WIP rest.
  • Meditate.
  • Walk or hike or other exercise.
  • Enter a dream state.
  • Set goals/work to meet deadlines.

What works best for you when you’re in the creative doldrums? Please share in the comments—I’d love to find more ways to connect with my muse.

Sarah Blake Johnson


  1. I envy those writers who can charge ahead at full speed and write a first draft from beginning to end, but I need to step back and not get fixated on forcing a character to take a particular action. Switching to a different project for a few days can keep me loose and open to new directions and new ideas.

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