If I were to ask you what does creative mean, what would you say? Creative means relating to or involved the imagination or original ideas. Now, what does it mean to be creative? Being creative can mean solving a problem in a new way or taking risks ignoring the doubts and facing your fears or simply separating with routine and doing something different with the interest of doing something new. In all honesty, we are all very creative in our unique ways.
I am sure it is safe to say we have all starting writing something knowing exactly where it was intended to go, but ran into an obstacle and couldn’t finish. We may have tried going back to what we were writing and made several changes, but still were not able to finish. How many times have you struggled to find the right words or images to describe what you were trying to describe? Have you ever made so many changes that you lost the ability to tell if what you were writing was even good at all anymore? If I am being completely honest and transparent, I have more times than I can count.
When we are constantly running into a wall of writer’s block, we need a little mental and emotional distance to recapture our perspective. We may just need this break so we can look back at our work with a fresh set of eyes and an invigorated focus. I have found some helpful tips to shift my thoughts to enable me to move forward.
- Change of scenery
Sometimes developing a fresh outlook, this could mean making a physical change that might be taking a short walk or even doing a load of laundry. Various famous authors recommend numerous different things, such as David Lehman, Ph.D., the author of One Hundred Autobiographies: A Memoir suggests taking a shower. Another famous author and professor of creative writing at the University of Minnesota, Charles Baxter, Ph.D., recommends taking a car ride which preferably boring scenery.
You could take a break from the computer screen and print your work out. By viewing your work on printed pages, you may view things differently, which may create more ideas in your mind.
- Take on a persona
Charles Baxter, Ph.D. calls this “being bloody-minded” because the editing process requires a certain amount of ruthlessness. This involves you seeing the mistakes made, forgive them and then make the work better. Baxter says he puts himself into the mind of someone else, someone who isn’t compassionate towards him or his work. This isn’t done angrily, but just with a little slight chill to challenge himself. Isn’t it amazing how someone that isn’t softhearted to our work and say just the right thing to get us back on track again?
I think doing this can really allow you to test yourself. I tend to do this a lot and I do not argue with myself or anything like that, but I do continue until there aren’t any ways I could talk myself into any other changes or corrections. My mind needs to be at ease when I am officially done with what I have written.
- Create your own limits
Every time we start a new, we start with a completely blank page. We all know what a free feeling the blank page can be. There is nothing but endless possibilities and we can proceed with how we want. Even though this is an amazing feeling of freedom, it can also make us feel overwhelmed and cause a lack of motivation because there aren’t any restrictions. It might be beneficial to give ourselves some constraints. If we set a personal rule for ourselves, such as a certain number of words and or hours we need to do each day, it could force us to think more critically about our own work and in turn, help us get back on and stay track.
- Enlist new eyes
We often need to obtain perspective on our work from someone on the outside. Another person will not be emotionally invested, so they will be able to share their thoughts without bias. Of course, we do not want the person we bring into our work unwilling to be straightforward because they do not want to hurt our feelings, but we need someone that can be brutally honest.. When we are provided feedback, we can rethink what was written, which might lead us to a new direction altogether. The feedback received can challenge our minds and choices and lead us to even better work in the future.
- Heighten your senses
The best way to revitalize our work might be to seek inspiration from someone or something. Maybe watching an uplifting YouTube video could inspire us. Or maybe listening to a certain song will lift our moods and trigger the creativity we were longing for.
- Go to bed
Studies show sleeping on our problems can help solve some problems, especially because sleep lets us detach from our original thoughts. This distance can helps us view our ideas a lot more impartially. By becoming less emotionally invested, we can be more speculative.
Everyone has different ways to get their creative mind burning bright. I think it is very interesting to learn how others get their creativeness to shine and how it works for them. Our distinctive ways are what sets us apart from another, which is important.
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