Tuesday, March 20, 2012
5 Easy Ways To Get Your Creative Juices Going
Writing an article doesn't just mean putting random thoughts into words then typing and writing it. You need to put your thoughts down in a cohesive and creative manner in order to capture the interest and imagination of your readers and get them to keep reading. You need to capture their attention and pique their curiosity.
The main ingredient to cooking up an article is a large dose of creativity. While creativity may come naturally to some people, many writers may have difficulty getting those first words down on paper (on computer, whichever manner you choose.) Many writers have literally torn their hair out when they get writers block and just can’t seem to get their creative juices flowing.
Changing words into images in the readers mind is an art. A clear and crisp depiction requires a certain flair that only creativity can provide. Similes and metaphors help a lot, but the way an article weaves the words into sentences and then paragraphs is what develops the essence of the article.
So just what do you have to do when nothing comes to mind? There is no surefire ways to get the perfect ideas but there are many ways to get your creative juices flowing. No one can guarantee you of having the perfect mindset but many methods may aid you in achieving that state of mind.
1) Keep a diary or a journal with you at all times.
Ideas can be triggered by anything you may hear, see, or smell. Your senses are your radar in finding good 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. Remember that ideas and creativity can come from anywhere; it’s the development of the idea that makes it unique.
2) Relax and take time to sort things out.
A jumbled mind cannot create any space for new ideas. You need to have a clear or calm mind in order to generate your creativity. Get rid of all obstacles that can be a hindrance to your creativity. If you are bothered by something, you cannot force your mind to stay focused. Try to relax and think about your experiences and interactions with others. Your experiences are what shape your mindset and opinions, which could be reflected in your writing. Find out what triggers your emotions. Discover what inspires you and what ticks you off and use these emotions to help you in expressing yourself and your ideas.
3) Create a working place that can inspire your creativity.
Your work place can be a hindrance if it doesn’t make you feel happy or relaxed. Creativity comes from your state of mind and a messed up workplace that causes distraction won’t be conducive to writing. Surround your working place with objects that makes you happy and relaxed. Put up pictures, or scents, objects that inspire, or anything that can get your creativity cranking. A clean and well organized workplace also rids your mind of distractions and unwanted hindrances. With a good work place, you can write in peace and never notice the passage of time.
4) Set the mood.
There are many ways to set the mood. Some writers have been known to use a little sip of wine to relax and stir up the imagination. (Notice I said 'a little'.) Some like soft mood music while others prefer something a little more raucous to get their imagination working. There are those who let the lighting of the environment create the mood, and still others who enjoy walks or enjoying nature.
5) Go on a getaway and just do something unlike crazy.
Letting yourself go and have fun produces adrenaline that can make your imagination go wild. Take an adventure or even a nature hike. Whatever it is that is different from your daily routine might be what you need to get out of your rut. Whatever it is that strikes your fancy, your subconscious will make use of that experience and get your imagination working overtime.