How to Live a Story in Order to Write a Story

In this world a popular belief is that you have to hustle through every day life in order to accomplish everything in your day. But even then, a lot of times you fall short. People rush around non-stop and still feel behind.

I feel behind.

I stare at my to do lists and think about the million of things I need to get done. It feels like I’ll never have time for it all. It feels like I’ll never get it all done.

Do you ever feel this way?

Now, a new trend going around is to slow down and enjoy life to its fullest. I have to say, I like this trend. It’s something I’ve always tried to implement.

I want to take the time to breathe in every flower, walk through every rain storm, and gaze at every sunset. I don’t want to miss a single thing about life. I want to live it to its fullest.

But life can get busy. Really busy. Especially in the writing and publishing world. We always wish we could get a little more writing time in, a little more marketing time, or a little more time to do something. But we don’t always get that time we want to accomplish the things needing done. So we feel behind.

We feel guilty when we take a moment for ourselves to relax and enjoy life. We feel like we don’t have time to take in every moment life gives us. We sometimes even feel lazy for taking a break.

But what if I told you that it’s through those breaks and moments that we simply take the time to breathe in life’s air that we find our creativity? It’s through those times that we find our inspiration for the stories that we write. I believe that we can’t truly write a story without living one first.

So how can we live a story?

First, take time for yourself. We need to allow ourselves time to take a lovely stroll. Maybe a walk through a park or through the woods. Take time for yourself to refill your creative well before taking from that well for your stories. Without replenishing your creative well, you end up having burn out.

Then, live life. As I said, I believe we can’t truly write a story without living one first. Take time for those small moments I talked about above. Go bird watching if that fills you up creatively, or maybe go for a hike, or do some traveling with your family. It doesn’t have to be something large. Simply soak in every moment of life, and, soon, those small moments will find their way into your stories.

Lastly, write. Just do it. Don’t overthink it, don’t overcomplicate it. Just do it. Too often we get stuck in writer’s block simply because we don’t believe in the story we’re creating. But if you’ve taken the proper time to refill your well and bask in the beauties life offers, then there should be nothing holding you back from writing the story you hold in your heart.

Your turn!

Are you living a story? What moments in life have you soaked up recently? Do you take time to replenish your creative well?

Blessings, Allyson

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