I’ve been on a bit of a slow slide downhill lately regarding my writing. We authors live and breathe by our creativity. It is not something you can see, feel or hear. It exists inside our skulls, it flows through our veins, and at times, it can be elusive. I’m sure my friends are tired of me asking them for ‘words’. You see, I have an 80K novel due at the beginning of May and I’m 25K words short. It’s not writer’s block, it is simply stifled creativity.
So I’ve been looking at how I get the creativity flowing lately, which then results in ‘more words’. This can apply to any creative project, not just writing, even business stuff because there is a spark of creativity in all that we do. Usually when a project refuses to budge for me I’ll set it aside for a week or more, if I can. (Current 25K-lacking project has been sitting two weeks.) Sometimes if I pick up a new project that I haven’t been staring at for six hours a day, seven days a week, it’s as if a butterfly opens its wings inside my head. Ah! There it is again. That part of me that sparkles and sings.
I don’t have a real hobby (though my son once termed my writing a ‘hobby’; I don’t recall him being fed that day AT ALL). I like to color, yes color. I find an afternoon of artistic play gets my brain humming and often I’ll end up with a few notes scribbled in colored marker to be used when I find myself behind the computer again. I do play guitar, and music always takes me to a creative private place, though I haven’t touched it much lately. Hmm…
For writing, and starting new projects, I have a trick to get the creative ideas going. I was recently asked to come up with a proposal for a story in two days. It may sound easy to write four pages detailing a world and its inhabitants, but trust me, it’s a challenge. So when I’ve no idea where to start, I use pictures and especially artwork to stir the embers. Take a look at this cool pic I found at cghub.com.
What kind of guy do you think he is? Good? Bad? A little of both? The moment I saw him I knew he had to be my villain, but not necessarily a bad guy. Visuals help me to tell stories, so I always tend to have pictures of my hero and heroine on the desktop. After over an hour of combing this fantasy art sight, I had the plot for a new story in mind.
Music is another creativity booster. I can’t listen to music while I’m writing, but let me tell you, there’s nothing like a drive in the car with the stereo blasting. Man, do I get ideas that way. Anyone else work that way?
Fiction is good, as long as it’s not in the genre I’m writing. And magazines are awesome. I can’t get through a magazine without tearing out a page with a picture of furniture, a car, a person, or clothing or a landscape. And don’t get me started on movies; we all know how images on the screen, even a few seconds, can fix into our psyches and influence us.
I think whether you are a writer or not, we all incorporate some tricks to boost our creativity/productivity in our daily lives. It may be that brisk lemon soap you use in the shower every morning, or the re-run episode of NYPD you have to watch before you do the household bills.
I’m interested in hearing what you all do to ‘find your words’. Or in other words, how do you get your creativity flowing?
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