So you have a deadline looming, or you want to write that blog or manuscript, there’s a hidden “book within” and … nothing. Or perhaps you are a seasoned writer, and for one reason or another, you just find yourself with a blank page, an empty screen and feeling somewhat disgruntled.
So to get creative- you can do a couple of things to help stimulate your mind. Firstly- get rid of the word can’t. That’s a great start.
1) I can only speak from experience, but often my creativity comes peripherally. You know when you are straining your mind trying to think of something and it just gets blocked up, nothing comes through- zilch. Then, when you divert your mind to something else- bang! The answer pops up just like that. For example you are trying to remember that 80’s TV character, it’s evading you. Then the next day you are shopping for vegetables and bang- you remember Cringer is the alter ego of Battle Cat from He-man. So encourage your peripheral creativity, how so? Get it doing something different! A nature walk – beach or bush – as humans, we relax when we are in nature, and I find it incredibly stimulating to be in and around a natural environment. Every single time I unfocus my mind and go for an outdoor wander, everything feels better- including writing ideas that always just seem to float up like bubbles or spew forth like hot lava after a beach walk. Don’t forget to take a smartphone so you can voice record your ideas as they come through, then you can keep them for later. Often when we get a great idea, we aren’t carrying a notebook and we can forget those nuggets of wisdom. If you have something on hand to record your thoughts- you will start to accumulate them like shells on the beach. I love the science of energy and its impact on mind body and spirit. I know there is more of it in nature- so go be in that energy and your creativity, and positive brain experiences will increase.
2) People watch- the opposite of the nature walk. Find a great cafe, and people watch. Complete strangers- look at them (don’t stare too long though or you will gain creep status). Use some imagination. Where are they going? What happened to them yesterday? Are they sad? Then make the rest up. What star sign are they? Do they like their kitchen clean or are they messy folk with a repulsion for moths? Let your imagination take over; there might just be a story in there.
3) Try and write a paragraph about a topic without using the words typically used for it. For example, try and describe a field of grass without using the word green, soil or sky. This can be quite tricky, but it gets you thinking in “words” that are outside of the square and gets the brain cracking in a different direction. Indirect thought is a wonder for creative stimulation.
4) Ernest Hemingway said “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” Start with this. What is the truest sentence you know? Start from there, and words will form. Write them down.
5) Procrastination can be a beautiful bedmate. To counteract it-
Sometimes you just need a footy coach rip, a harsh reality checks to get you going. Some no fluff no BS words of wisdom. One of my greatest inspirers for writing is Stephen King. Most people only know him for his horror genre, they don’t realize he is the master wordsmith behind Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile or Stand by Me. The guy is a genius and his other talent? His no BS approach to writing. His lifetime contribution to the written word, his teaching ability, and incredible consistency is one to respect. He has hundreds of Internationally acclaimed awards. The man has written more best sellers than anyone else; he continually comes up with completely original content. He is the King (pardon the pun) of storytelling. His quote? :
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Quite simply- get going. Stop procrastinating. Stop thinking so much and start doing. The rest unfolds. If you want a long length of string, you have to unravel it and let it roll out, it’s no good sitting in your pocket. Writing is a HABIT. So make it one, you then create a habit and possibly an addiction. You need to make it a part of your everyday life, and you will be stimulating your creativity in a way that can take your breath away. Creativity once unblocked can be so powerful it can verge on an uncontrollable tsunami of ideas that may need harnessing and this is a WONDERFUL problem to have.
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