Anne Hathaway's cottage. Wife of William Shakespeare. This is where Anne lived as a child.What do you do when your mind needs respite?
All of us can get into a funk.
Oftentimes, it’s through artistic expression that we rejuvenate and break through the mental logjams of life to let loose an overflow of awesomeness into our creative process.
Need some inspiration?
You’re not the only one!
Break free from synaptic stagnation with 3 great tips in today’s VOX Daily.

Ditching the Doldrums

Every now and then we hit a brick wall, get writer’s block or need to recharge our batteries. All artists, regardless of medium, need a muse.
Three ways to spark inspiration when you need it most include:

  1. Feasting on Phrases
  2. Walking in Beauty
  3. Reading Aloud

Feasting on Phrases

As someone who works with the written and spoken word, I find that reading passages replete with scrumptious, delectable words satisfies my intellectual hunger for beauty and leaves me with a greater appreciation and appetite for language in general. Reading a string of strategically placed words describing an idyllic setting is one way I engage my mind and start those synapses firing.
If you’re a wordy sort, you’ll probably enjoy flowery or witty prose, alliteration, rhymes and tongue twisters as part of your linguistic gymnastics routine to stimulate your mind and awaken your senses.

Walking in Beauty

When is the last time you went outside and really looked at the natural beauty around you? Even if you’re encircled by skyscrapers, you can still hear birdsong, see flowers in bloom and marvel at the immensity and utter perfection of creation. Should there be a park nearby, go for a stroll. Allow yourself to take notice of nature’s simplicity and admire its complexity.
Wander about and stand in wonder of what you see. Connecting with nature feeds your soul and offers fresh inspiration from your surroundings, whether they be animal, vegetable or mineral.

Reading Aloud

Reading aloud has the pleasant side effect of keeping you awake while also challenging you to improvise and perform. When you think of how you could interpret a script and consider the various ways the text may be expressed using your voice, you can’t help but be invigorated. As a result, you’ll be looking for new ways to do things, become a voracious reader of copy and an exquisite artisan of voices.
Poetry, screenplays, and books serve as excellent sources of copy to read with feeling. If you sing, singing can also help you to brighten your day, increase your oxygen supply and open the floodgates of creativity.

How Do You Get Inspired?

There’s something to be said for momentum. If you have any tips you’d like to share, I invite you to join the conversation and add a comment to this post.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Best wishes,

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. Great post and that photo reminds me of where I came from. Now in the U.S. for me, sitting on the back deck watching birds and squirrels. It’s peaceful and watching nature just relaxes me, makes me smile and appreciate how fortunate I am.

  2. Now that it’s gorgeous outside, I definitely take advantage of the lovely weather & use it to inspire me. Good tips!