To be creative we must create . . . Create anything. A mess. An emotion. A doodle. A simple drawing. Anything. One thing these all have in common is action.
Make time to dream
I thought about the importance of daydreaming. The silence in the air, and solace quietude can be difficult to find in the midst of our chaotic and hectic lives, but even just a few minutes of daydreaming every day can reap significant results.
Our professional work and personal our lives would be pretty useless without the logical sides of our brains. Our writing would be a frenetic wash of color and emotion, which would probably end up being indistinguishable to anyone but ourselves. We need that logical side of our brains to help us organize our thoughts into coherency. But the power of art is almost always the result of the right side of our brains, the unconscious side. So let’s keep our conscious brain out of the way long enough to tap into our unconscious creativity … And this is how we do it!
Don’t censure ourselves
Creativity is a delicate and temperamental creature, and it often wilts away under the weight of “the rules” or the carping of our infernal internal editors. Not everything that bubbles up from the depths of your unconscious creativity will have worth, but give yourself time to get it on paper and let it rest for a while before judging it.
Tell our left brain to zip it
Our left brain can be a pushy character. When he’s telling us he thinks he knows best how to write this story, tell him to stow it for a bit, so his chatter doesn’t distract us from the offerings of our right brain. Our left brain will get his chance later.
Focus on the senses
Our subconscious works on a level deeper than words. It feeds our brains with images, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings, which our conscious brains then translate into words. Nothing wrong with those words (they’re the tools of our trade, after all!), but give a try to focusing on the raw sensations. Close your eyes and visualize the scene you’re writing. What colors stand out? What can you smell? What does your body feel like? This is the best way I know to find those all-important “telling” details that bring a scene to life.
Listen to our gut instinct
Ever get that itching feeling that something is wrong with a story? You’re zipping right along, having a good ol’ time with your characters … but something just doesn’t feel right. I’ve learned to trust my gut instinct. I can’t think of an instance in which it has ever failed me. We just have to learn to interpret what it’s telling us.
Once we recognize and accept that fact, we are then able to take advantage of the tremendous opportunity of harnessing our unconscious minds. The two sides of our creativity, the conscious and the unconscious, working in harmony, the one pulsing and pounding ahead, the other slowing and refining, are capable of producing some pretty fantastic things. So let’s clear our heads and start fresh with our creativity process. It’s great for the soul and adds an impressive perspective in our way of life. 🙂
Bonjour Monday! Wishing everyone a great week! 🙂