Writers block? Inspire and Motivate Your Imagination!

If you are experiencing writers block or just need to refresh your imagination a simple, interesting, and enjoyable way to do that is to get out in nature and or read scientific articles like this…I guess it’s really more like science news.

Monday night, or rather Tuesday morning at 3 am Molly, our puppy, got me up to take her out, so I did and when ever I am out like that at night I watch the stars, wish I could fly among them, any way I had a brief encounter with primordial man and how superstitions got started came to mind. I was standing there watching the stars and sky and in the distance a lone coyote was howling, I supposed, at the setting moon when suddenly a meteor shot across the sky and like I said for a fleeting moment I could have been a primeval man in total wonder of what I was hearing and seeing. I felt a slight moment of fear, superstition, and loneliness as man may have felt it in those times and I could just imagine this prehistoric soul going back to his cave, or what ever, and drawing his story on the wall. It thrilled me to death and I felt like I had never given enough thought to these things before and for that brief moment that I had time traveled back and experienced it. It was amazing and for me a spiritual experience!!!

I have had similarly experienced such feelings while visiting museums where they had exhibits of prehistoric man on display but for the most part I experienced the loneliness of it only.

Never have I ever experienced any of these feelings while watching a film on the same subject I think because of the sheer mechanics of making a film…I can’t help it, when ever I watch a movie I think as much about the writing and everything that went into making that film.

So, I guess the point of this is to say read scientific articles to inspire and motivate your imagination. Also, get out and experience nature, not just in parks and not just in the daylight Night can be a major motivator and inspirer of the imagination…it can take your mind to places and experiences that you will not find anywhere else. Graveyards at night are also good places to find inspiration. I would also suggest that you embrace any fear that may be derived form doing this instead of running from it. Sometimes, especially at night I will take a small handheld recorder with me to record my feelings (emotions), thoughts, and even catch some of the night sounds to use as I begin writing…

Copyright © 2008 D L Ennis

10 responses to “Writers block? Inspire and Motivate Your Imagination!

  1. Hoss,

    Sounds slightly melancholy.

    Remember Edgar Allen Poe was found beaten to death on election day, possibly due to the practice of grabbing someone and beating them then forcing them to vote repeatedly for a specific candidate.

    Election day is coming so take care.


    “The name “melancholia” comes from the old medical theory of the four humours: disease being caused by an imbalance in one or other of the four basic bodily fluids, or humours. Personality types were similarly determined by the dominant humour in a particular person. Melancholia was caused by an excess of black bile; hence the name, which means ‘black bile’ (Ancient Greek μέλας, melas, “black”, + χολή, kholé, “bile”); a person whose constitution tended to have a preponderance of black bile had a melancholic disposition. See also: sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric.”

    “The cult of melancholia

    During the early 17th century, a curious cultural and literary cult of melancholia arose in England. It was believed that religious uncertainties caused by the English Reformation and a greater attention being paid to issues of sin, damnation, and salvation, led to this effect.

    In music, the post-Elizabethan cult of melancholia is associated with John Dowland, whose motto was Semper Dowland, semper dolens. (“Always Dowland, always mourning.”) The melancholy man, known to contemporaries as a “malcontent,” is epitomized by Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet, the “Melancholy Dane.” Another literary expression of this cultural mood comes from the death-obsessed later works of John Donne. Other major melancholic authors include Sir Thomas Browne, and Jeremy Taylor, whose Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial and Holy Living and Holy Dying, respectively, contain extensive meditations on death.

    A similar phenomenon, though not under the same name, occurred during Romanticism, with such works as The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe or Ode on Melancholy by John Keats.

    In the 20th century, much of the counterculture of modernism was fueled by comparable alienation and a sense of purposelessness called “anomie.” ”

    Physical exercise and B vitamins are handy.

  2. Indeed Mark!

    batguano101…or may I just call you Dung?

    Thanks for noticing my illness! Remember most of the really great writers throughout time were drunks and or sucidial.

    Dung, if you want to write and post articles may I sugesst that you get your own WordPress blog!

  3. The name’s shit, bat shit.

    Shaken, not stirred.


    (“exercise and B vitamins are handy”)

    Batguano101 clear.

  4. For any of you just looking if you are offended by Dung’s language…I apologize, I would delete Dung’s somewhat vulgar tripe but I don’t believe in censorship, and I do believe in freedom of speech and equal rights for the clinically insane! :-))

  5. Actually, the cause of Poe’s death was never determined. He was found delirious in the streets, not dead. He died in the hospital. It was rumored that he died of alcoholism. No where did I find a reference to him having been beaten to death.

    DL, you’re right about writers. Most of the good ones have had some type of addiction and most have suffered from depression.

    But it doesn’t have to be that way, does it?

  6. I do get writer’s block at times, and like you point out here, getting out does help. I guess that mental blocks are signs that the brain needs a break. The brain is on strike!

  7. I like reading about dinosaurs. That article was fascinating! I love to be outside, but I don’t get many chances to be outside at night. There are theories that we have genetic memory and in our core we can “remember” things like you’ve described with the caveman seeing the meteor. That’s so neat to think about!

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