As writers, we often spend hours at our desks, awaiting inspiration. I was also sitting there, eyeing a blank paper. It had been almost three weeks since I had written a single verse of poetry.
Words were not coming to me right now.
Even on my freelancing gig, I was stuck on an article unsure where to start, what to write, and how to proceed. I didn’t know what to do, got caught in a messy writing slump.
Hunting new ways of self-care for creators, I stumbled upon research examining the impact of nature on productivity. The paper proved that possessing nature can help to enhance creative ways of thinking, especially the preparation phase (gathering ideas and / or sufficient information) and the incubation phase (contemplation) of the creative process.
I remembered all the circulars taken in the park pre-pandemic. But I rarely walked peacefully. I used music to make the children happy. I decided not to do anything cool-to-walk a shot.
I saw a desolate park around the block, empty of people on a sunny winter afternoon. So, I took off my mask, sprayed my sanitizer, and picked up my diary, digging out the earphones. Initially, it was nothing extraordinary. I used to think about the pending tasks at home and work, plan for the next hour, think about what I would have for dinner, etc.
But after a week or two, my mind calmed down. I started seeing various flowers, unusual leaves and XXL trees. On an exceptionally bright day, I felt like I was a child back and forth in the cradle of nature. It felt therapeutic, but it did not solve many of my problems; It just temporarily flew me away from them.
After a few weeks, I got acquainted with the park. My mind wandered from the neighbor’s window to the old swing set and moments of inspiration (eureka!). I had finally landed on him! The lines of a poem simply showed my face to me. Thankfully, my optimism allowed me to carry my diary still, and I quickly wrote down my fleeting thoughts. A few days later, I cracked that freelancing-article problem with the strongest Thor-Hammer.
I was astonished. I was so sure that this recession could only last indefinitely. Then, I remembered everything I had known: Nature has been a nurturer of creativity for many writers before me.
Mary Oliver took an early morning long walk with her diary. “I cannot be a poet without the natural world,“She said. Whitman celebrated the natural world through her poems.”When Lilac Doryard Final in Bloomdale. “He believed that humans are a natural part of the world and will remain after death. Thoreau believed that physical engagement with nature would have a direct impact on the author’s prose. Atwood recommends either going to sleep or going for a walk when you get stuck on a story.
I don’t know why nature has given creative inspiration to all kinds of creators. Maybe the fresh air cannot do us static desk in a way. Maybe it is the powerful all-incense that increases serotonin. Or perhaps it is just the simple fact that being outdoors can promote mental health.
Whatever the reason, it is a great way to escape, to spend a few moments, to spend some leisure time. I always feel relaxed when I come back from my walk, yet my mind cannot stop popping new ideas or solving old ones.
Now, I go to the park at least four times a week. But when there is so much to deal with, and a blank-paper syndrome is upon me, I know that I need to walk a while.
Rocchi is a staff writer and a closet poet at Elite Content Marketer. If you believe that there is nothing that cannot be cured by watching a Friends episode and reading a fresh poem, then sign up for her weekly newspaper.
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