Todays post comes a little late… it’s been one of those days. Do you ever have those “blah” days? You know, it’s murky outside and you just feel like popping off to bed eventhough you’ve just had 10 hours of sleep? Yah, I hate days like that. No energy to do anything…
So what do you do on a day when the creative juices are just not flowing. You’ve sat at your computer for hours and are staring at the same blank post page.
Well – kick back, and read up on 5 Easy Ways To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing… Again!
Writing an article or a blog post doesn’t just mean putting down thoughts into words then typing and writing it.
You have to capture the interest of your readers and get them to keep on reading.
Excuse the cooking/baking terminology (I’m a little hungry…), but the main ingredient in baking up an article is a large dose of creativity.
For some, creativity comes naturally but for others when you get into a block it can drive you craz! I’m sure “professional” writers have torn their hair out when they get writers block and just can’t seem to get their creative juices flowing. So where does that leave the rest of us?
I love to write, and always have. Even going through school, I always did my best work in subjects like Social Studies, or Language Arts — reading and writing were always fun things for me to do.
Can I share a secret with you? I enjoyed reading so much, that I still remember reading the dictionary!! Now if that isn’t geeky, I don’t know what is!
Anyway… turning words into images is an art art. It can be learned, like anything else but it takes practice.
A clear and crisp depiction requires a certain flair that only creativity can provide. That is where reading helps and trains you to think that way. You’ve read it, – very descriptive words and actions written by an author that turns a simple image like flying past the rings of Saturn into an odyssey that leaves your senses tingling since you visualize the rings, the moons in the background and the emptyness of space… OK, so I’m not a professional writer but I try!
Depending on the type of writing you are doing, similes and metaphors may help, but the way an article gets entwined word for word, sentence by sentence then paragraph by paragraph into a whole article develops the essence of the article.
What do you do when nothing comes to mind? There is no surefire way to get the perfect idea but there are easy ways to get your creative juices flowing.
- Keep a diary or a journal with you. We’ve talked about this before – it can be as simple as a MP3 player that will allow you to record your voice. Ideas can be triggered by anything you may hear, see, or smell. Your senses are your radar in finding great ideas. Write all of them into a journal and keep it with you for future reference. You may also write down anything that you have read or heard, someone’s ideas could be used to develop your own ideas and this is not stealing. Remember that ideas and creativity can come from anywhere; it’s the development of the idea that makes it unique.
- Relax, take time to sort things out and clear your mind. A jumbled mind cannot create any space for new ideas. Get rid of obstacles that can be hindering your creativity. If you are bothered by something, you will not be able to force your mind to stay focused.
Try to relax every time that you can and think about your experiences and interactions with others. Your experiences are what shape your mindset and your opinions which could be reflected on your writings. Discover what inspires you and what ticks you off. You can use these emotions to help you in expressing yourself and your ideas, with this you can grow creatively.
During the day, I meet dozens of people – in person, and on the phone. These conversations are very valuable to me. They are used as a basis for posts to the site and they trigger ideas that help me later on.
- Create a working place that will inspire your creativeness. Your working place can be quite a hindrance if it doesn’t make you feel happy or relaxed. Creativity comes from being in a good state of mind and a messed up workplace that causes distraction won’t be conducive in firing up your creative flow.
Surround your working place with objects that makes you happy and relaxed. You may put up pictures, or scents, objects that inspire, or anything that can get your creativeness cranking. A clean and well organized workplace also rids of distractions and unwanted hindrances. With a good working place, you can work in peace and never notice the time pass by.
That means – TURN THE TV OFF! I could never understand how anyone could work with the TV going. It always drove me nuts. I like working in a clean environment. NO clutter, bills or anything else that will divert my attention. I bought myself a little desktop fountain several years ago from London Drugs. It was a cheap little thing made of ceramic and plastic, but a small little pump inside kept the water flowing down plastic bamboo pipes onto the rocks below. The sound of water is very soothing to me. I also keep several recordings of water – like waves, or the trickle of a stream — these help me to relax and clear my mind.
- Your mood and fame of mind contribute significantly to your writing efforts. Look at item #2 above… If you’re not in the mood to write, see if you can put youself into that state. What gets your creative juices flowing? Think back to when you were in the same situation previously? It could something as simple as going outside for a walk or opening a window to let the air flow.
- Getaway and just do something! Letting yourself go and have fun produces adrenaline that can make your imagination go wild. Is there a carnival or something similar in town? Head for the roller-coaster! Or just go out for a walk or run. Step out and take the bus somewhere… Whatever it is that is unusual from your daily routine can take the rut out of your schedule. In no time at all, your creativeness will make use of that experience and get your imagination to go on overdrive.
Writing is an art, some can do is so well that they don’t even need to think about it and others (myself included) need to work at it. But unlike other artistic endeavours such as painting, drama or even dance you don’t need to be born with a specific talent to learn to write. You could take creative writing classes or just read good books — you will pick-up how different authors use words to create imagery so real that you feel you could touch it.