How to Find Creativity In Your Writing By Ditching Expectations

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The bundle of expectations can be lifted by focusing on little details and enjoying that moment, feeling your freedom and creativity in your writing.

All writers hit a point where words fail them. We may feel stuck, inadequate, dysfunctional. It’s as if the quantity of words defines us. Writing becomes just an act of doing.

In life, we’re expected to do. Not doing can be emotionally devastating. We feel lost when we don’t know what to do. For a writer, this feeling of disorientation is most apparent when we’re not writing.

The Hummingbird: A Parable

Years ago, on a late winter day, Portland’s first sunny sky appeared. Living in rainy Oregon, the first sunny day after a streak of wet weather felt like a holiday. The blue sky dazzled. Golden daffodils started to bloom. Robins gathered twigs for nests.

That morning, my then-husband Mark went to Home Depot. Perhaps spring inspired him too. He returned with two bird feeders: one for robins and bluejays and another for hummingbirds. He also got a red hummingbird juice mix.

Something about the nectar mix didn’t seem right to me. I searched online and, thankfully, discovered that store-bought red nectar is poisonous for hummingbirds. The red dye is made from petroleum.

Hummingbirds get 25% of their diet from nectar, including flowers. The rest comes from tree sap, insects, and pollen. The best homemade nectar is a simple mix of one part white cane sugar to two parts water.

Love at First Sight

Mark made a batch of nectar, filled the feeder, and hung it outside the living room window. Within an hour, a tiny hummingbird visited! I was thrilled and called the bird our first “customer.” From then on, all feeder visitors were known as customers.

Before that, I hadn’t observed a hummingbird up close. Its wings moved so fast they were almost invisible. The beak was like a needle. It was tiny and adorable! Like Cupid’s arrow, I instantly fell in love.

After the bird flew away, I found myself staring out the window, waiting for the next customer. Ten minutes later, another appeared. I was captivated by its miniature body and agility.

As a writer whose life had been measured by production and word count, I felt silly being part of this story rather than just narrating it. There was an unexplainable connection. Some call these creatures spirit animals. I’d never felt this connection until then.

Unlock Creativity in Your Writing

Right then, I heard the familiar whir of a hummingbird. Less than six inches from my face, it hovered. My heart raced. Though its wings beat like propellers, its shiny, emerald-green body was still. A bright pink throat reflected in the sun.

I looked into its eyes and it stared back. It was as curious about me as I was about it. It floated closer, until it was just three inches away. I stayed still. My heart pounded. We had a clear connection. This was a story of love I couldn’t have created, no matter how hard I tried. It just needed to be received.

The same is true for words. Whenever I get stuck, I recall the hummingbird, navigating creativity against the blank page. Do I force words to meet expectations? Fabricate a story that might not exist? Or can I marvel at small details, unexpected joy, and let stories unfold?

When my words are stuck, I remind myself of the hummingbird. They’ve become my writing talisman, symbols of good luck and wisdom. A hummingbird’s wings move in an infinity pattern, conveying seamless flow. They represent resilience, energy, joy, adaptation, magic, and motion. Being, not doing. All of which I—and my writing—crave.

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