I read somewhere that writer’s block is when your imaginary friends stop talking to you! That may be true for those who write fiction but as a non-fiction writer that's not an excuse I can use.
The worst thing I can do when I am stuck for words is to sit alone at the keyboard and try to force the words to flow through my fingertips. A change of scenery can be the very thing needed to inspire my creativity.
Most often that means spending time in nature. God has surrounded me with beauty and wants me to take the time to enjoy it. When I walk and let my mind roam free I allow him to speak to me.
The joy I receive as I choose to walk with him is an experience that is able to refresh and energize at the same time.
Last summer I found inspiration at a lake I frequented. Sometimes it was a walk through the trees that lined the shore. Other times a bench beside the lake became my quiet spot for reflection. Watching the sun set with no buildings to impede the view would make my heart sing. There is something about the beauty and peacefulness of nature that restores my soul.
I had never thought of these times as artist’s dates but that is exactly what they were. The greatest artist of all, the one who paints the sky with muted shades at sunset and the trees and flowers with a vast array of vivid colours wants to spend time with me. When I stop my striving and bask in the beauty he has surrounded me with, I can’t help but be inspired.