How to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
When people start on the journey of writing a book, they often start with a fear of being inadequate in the creative department. Often, they may start with a rigid list of chapters. While this is often a good way to begin organizing your thoughts, where is the playfulness in all that rigidness?
Writing is a playful experience and you need to embrace your inner child. When you were a child, I am sure that you loved to draw, paint, and imagine all sorts of games to play. Dress up, fairy gardens and monsters were all too real. That inner child is still within you, hiding behind the responsibilities of the awesome adult that you have become. It is time to let them out.
Writing does not have to be ‘adult’. It needs to be fluid and a little bit messy. Ideas flow as they wish, however too often we sit staring at our screens, struggling for precisely the right word, or the best way to open a chapter, paragraph or sentence. This painful striving for perfection dampens our inner creativity, we become distracted, and we lose the book of our dreams forever.
During this journey, try to switch off the analytical side of your brain. Just write. Do not worry about language, rules of grammar and conventional thinking. Let your words spill onto the page. Ignore the typos and punctuation. In fact, don’t even look at the screen. There will be some nuggets of gold in your nonsensical rhetoric. You will have time to trim and correct, but right now is the time to just get it out.
Here are five tips on getting your creative juices flowing:
Change your environment. A change of scenery can do wonders for your creativity. Take a walk or reorganise your desk space or office and feel the energy shift re-ignite your creative abilities.
Do some exercise. Research suggests that moving your body by simply walking can boost creativity by almost 60%!
Travel. Even if it is a short distance. Getting out of your usual town can make you think more broadly and enhance your creativity.
Read a book or draw a picture. Both reading and art are great ways to inspire creativity and thinking.
Listen to a podcast or some of your favourite music. Just like reading, listening to music or to a podcast can make provide you with the inspiration to think in a different way, gaining new perspectives and enhanced creativity.