Creativity is one of the most enjoyable experiences a person can have in my opinion and it saddens me when it seems like I have reached my limit, run out of ideas, or done nothing but scrunch up my face disparagingly. So, if you are like me and are trying to embark on the route to a renewal of your creative spring, step this way and we’ll talk about ways you can free up your schedule of periodic, “face scrunch” routines.
If you are one of those people who loves writing or any other form of creative expression you might have stumbled on this little problem:
“I want to produce pieces that are likable and that I can share with people.”
“I want to make something good and 100% original… so why can’t I?”
Well just think about that for a bit: you want something good and that has never been done before. Now there is nothing wrong with that but hey, maybe you can’t come up with any ideas that fit those lofty goals or you can and they seem all like they have been done before. You might want a hero in your story who is cool and brave and carries a sword. You might want a Harrison Ford gunslinger. It doesn’t really matter but if you are like me than it might be really easy to flip out and scream to yourself, “What is the point of doing it again? Didn’t some guy in his mom’s basement just write something like that?” I’m holding out for myself because I’m in that situation for the moment, bless her soul.
So if the prospect of writing something that is already done doesn’t sound pleasant or you have doubts about your ability to succeed, read on because you are in the “write” place.
Lets start over. What is an example of success that we all know? You want to go way back to “the good stuff?” Boom! Ancient Greeks are wearing togas all around you! There are men drinking wine or maybe they are gathered around a camp fire of sorts and somebody goes:
“Tell us a story about that one time you went to steal milk from that neighbor’s cows and you slipped off a mountain side?”
“Well actually, that wasn’t me, that was my brother.”
“Oh, well, were is he at?”
I’d say that sounds like a pretty good story, (even if I just made it up and Grecian domestication of cows may or may not be factual) but the point is people have always been interested in things that have some root in reality and you might get an idea in an unexpected form.
Start: Set some basic structure for plot and write. This is how I write. I often obsess over how I think the story will need to be and whether it matches the mold in my head: often it just gets dumped. This is a very unforgiving and unpleasant way to proceed but it is just for practice. I have yet to meld the free flowing sensation I experience with premeditated organizing. But my theory is that the more frequently you experience your personal imagination process, the easier it gets to organize.
Did you do it already? Did you enjoy thinking in your mind’s eye?
Realize: Turn that thought into something tangeble by actually illistrating or expressing the idea. It can be drawn, sung, sculpted, painted, or realized in any form just as long as it’s something you think you think you can handle. “Finger-painting skills, don’t fail me now!”
If I start with a mental image about my character and submerse become myself into that reality, pages of literary description follow. Really what I should do is hop over and proceed without caution towards the safety rails of my normal, boring mind and jump.
If entering a world that may only exist in your mind is something you want to make a habit of, bring a notepad along because otherwise you might not recall it very vividly. Also I think it will be easier for you to proceed. You have to dare yourself to liberate from the familiar. You have to want to get soaked in rain that is alien to you, maybe climb the tallest tree in a land that has yet to receive a name. Basically, just do it.
Don’t trick yourself into, procrastinating the joyous experience of taking a ride of a lifetime. The reward of hearing and feeling in another realm is worth it but bring it to paper or a computer screen for others to enjoy with you. That is why we are here, after all.
Finally, you must be willing to commit to routine spelunking in the depths of your mind. It will be a labor and a reward at the same time. The same goes for any hobby or goal. Focus on experiencing rather than perfectionism.
I promise you though that with enough time and patience, you will emerge victorious.
The ability to think is one of the human attributes. Cherish that power to create something within your own soul and let it extend out to become something that will shape the world.
If you are trying to go for the worlds newest and most fresh character you have to let go of any insecurities you might have. Know that what is inside you is more valuable than any other criticism that you might supply out of fear or lack of patience.
What gets me feeling really happy is when I am able to just mess around inside of my own ideas, letting them grow and flourish.
I hope that the person reading this understands that even this article did not come out perfectly the first time.
Being unafraid to tell the Truth as you know it.