The Importance of Being EditedOctober 17, 2023
Creativity is the driving force behind any writer. It’s the petrol in your tank and the food in your belly. Without it, you would stare at a blank screen with nothing to show for your time.
Whether you’re writing a business book, novel, short story, or blog post, you all need to find that creative spark which comes from unearthing what inspires you.
Understanding who or what inspires you, places that leave you feeling moved, or why you find something stimulating is key to unlocking your creativity. Filling your creative well is vital, but you can only do that by immersing yourself in tasks, people, or places that bring you joy.
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” Pablo Picasso
Other authors are a great source of inspiration, although you must appreciate their work rather than copy it. If you write romance, you must actively read titles in this genre by authors such as Katie Fforde and Isabel Allende. YA writers would benefit from reading the latest big names, such as Kiran Millwood Hargrave or Tomi Adeyemi. Non-fiction authors must fill their shelves with books by leading experts in their field, such as Steven Barlett and Simon Sinek.
Reading books published within the last five years is necessary for new writers as themes, styles, and genres change and adapt over time.
Writing on the go is great for enhancing creativity, and you’ll find plenty of stimulus on the open road. It doesn’t matter if this means visiting a different coffee shop each week or jumping in your car to tour the local countryside.
How you discover new places and people is up to you, but stay aware of your surroundings and use what you see, hear, taste, and smell to encourage a story or motivate you to start a writing journal.
There is plenty of scientific research to back the concept of ‘cells that fire together, wire together’, which means that the more you use your creative brain, the more creative it becomes. Every established author will tell you how they cringe when reading back over their early work (me included!).
Practising and writing often boosts your creative mind and naturally evolves and improves you as a writer. Science doesn’t lie! Give it a go. Tell yourself you’re going to be creative today, and then be creative.
Boosting your creativity
Here are some simple ways to boost your creativity this year.
- Go back to school – I’m not talking about resitting your maths exam, although if you want to do that, then who am I to stop you? I’m talking about researching a topic of interest. Learning something new is a fabulous way to inspire original ideas. Delve into genealogy, medieval history, nomadic living, or space travel. With the internet at our fingertips, broadening your knowledge has never been so easy.
- Write your ideas down – How many times have you promised yourself you’ll remember that great idea you had when you were in the shower? As you age, your memory doesn’t behave the way it once did, and we need to offer it a helping hand. Keep an ideas notebook within easy reach so you can capture all your inspiration when it hits.
- Do the crossword – Challenging yourself with word puzzles such as the crossword or the Wordle game is a wonderful way to access that creativity. One word could trigger an idea or memory.
- Take a break – It may sound counterproductive to stop writing as a way to boost your creativity, but it works. Stepping away from your project for an hour, a day, or a week can be what you need to rediscover your motivation and inspiration. Pushing yourself will only lead to burn out and poor writing.
- Writing prompts – Writing prompts are a fabulous way to warm up your writing muscles ahead of a longer session or break through any blocks you might be having.
You wouldn’t hit the gym without warming up first – writing is the same, just less sweaty!
- Spend five minutes writing about everything you can see outside your window. What’s the weather like? Is there anyone walking or driving – where do you think they’re going? Can you see any wildlife?
To enjoy your writing, you need to be passionate about what you are writing. To be passionate, you need to feel creative. It’s a never-ending cycle that sometimes needs careful maintenance.
I use all these tools on my writing journey and even document some of my writing related trips in my campervan on Instagram. Play around with techniques and strategies until you find something that works for you then give it a go.
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