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Get excited, writers, because July is National Anti-Boredom Month! At Writer’s Relief, we know that one big, sneaky side effect of being bored is a bad case of writer’s block. How can you be inspired when your muse is feeling ho-hum? Thankfully, we know smart ways to bust through the lazy summer doldrums and beat writer’s block. Trying new things outside of your comfort zone stimulates brain activity, and studies show this is one of the best ways to cure writer’s block and unleash your creativity!
How To Break Through Boredom And Defeat Writer’s Block
Become a volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community—and a surprising way to kick-start your creativity! Reading to the elderly, assisting at the library, lending a hand at your local animal shelter, or even just offering to rake a neighbor’s yard can all provide great ideas for your writing. Whether you blog about your experience, craft a short story, write an essay, or find the spark to finish that novel you started, engaging with others can unleash creative energy in ways you never expected.
Take a class. With so many online classes available, technology has made it easy to learn new skills. You can advance your career or gain personal enrichment right from the comfort of your home, and many of these classes are free! Some online education alliances like Modern States (which has partnerships with MIT and Harvard) offer the option of transferring credits to colleges. How cool is that?
Ready to boost your brainpower and eliminate writer’s block? Check out these free online classes.
Learn a foreign language. You don’t have to travel to faraway countries to learn another language. There are many free language programs now available at the click of your mouse. Duolingo and Mango (free for public library patrons) are two of the most popular. Learning another language not only enhances your vocabulary; it can also take your writing to another level by inspiring a new character or story idea. After all, if your heroine is French, you can add authenticity to your story by having her speak the language! Pardon moi. Ou est ta muse?
Check out these 49 free language learning sites that are almost too good to be true!
Be a tourist in your own city. Even if you’ve lived in the same place your whole life, every city has hidden gems that you can still explore! There are phone apps that can help you discover your hometown’s unique attractions. So if you’re feeling bored or uninspired, a trip to the local museum, library, or even the cemetery might be the key to unlocking your writer’s block.
Take up a hobby. Always wanted to learn karate? Or how to knit? Active leisure is invigorating and mentally stimulating! Trying a new hobby is a great way to untangle your thoughts and give your writing some interesting material. If writer’s block has kicked in, taking a break and focusing on a different task will have you spinning yarns again in no time.
Learn to play an instrument. The word music comes from the Greek word for art of the muses. So learning to play an instrument may set your muse free! Studies show that learning to play music has neurological benefits. This means it knows the sneaky backroads to the area of your mind that stores creative thinking. So picking up that violin might just banish boredom and unfetter your writer’s block at the same time.
Start a garden. Seeds of inspiration are planted in many different ways. Planting and caring for a garden not only allows you the opportunity to watch it flourish; you can also grow from it as well. A garden needs constant attention, which leaves you little time to be bored. Working in a garden also helps reduce stress, which can stifle your creativity. And when harvest time rolls around, you will be rewarded with way more zucchini than you’ll know what to do with.
Enroll in a dance class. Moving your body is a great way to lift your mood—and it’s hard to be bored on the dance floor! Whether you tap dance or tango, all that twisting and turning can get your creative juices flowing and teach your muse a few new steps. Time for writer’s block to sit this one out—calling all writers to the dance floor!
Question: What’s your cure for boredom and does it inspire you to be creative?