Drayton Bird has wryly observed that some people have 20 years’ experience, and others have one year’s experience repeated twenty times.
You probably know a few such people yourself, which is why the quip is funny—but the problem actually hits closer home than we might expect.
It turns out that even thoughtful people who are proactive about their training end up doing a lot of practice that is not only pointless,
Wouldn’t you love to be consistently creative?
It’s great when our friends and family support us and think we can do anything as long as it involves words, and a keyboard or pen.
The truth, though, is that we all get stuck from time to time.
Creativity is fickle.
Getting past the stuck places can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are seven techniques I use to boost my creativity and get out of a creative funk.
It sounded an excellent plan, no doubt, and very neatly and simply arranged. The only difficulty was, she had not the smallest idea how to set about it.~ Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland
Who is in charge of your creativity? Are you?
Or is your inspiration like a wellspring that flows one moment and stops the next – without you being able to control it?
The good news is that we can learn to be consistently creative.
Find the 7th book from your bookshelf. Open it up to page 7. Look at the 7th sentence on the page. Begin a poem that begins with that sentence and limit the length to 7 lines.
Open the dictionary to a random page.
How intimately do you know the blank, virginal screen?
Do you have a love-hate relationship with it?
On the one hand are many writing options, waiting to unfold.
On the other, a dread of the unknown that freezes your fingers.
And always, that vast, nagging question: what shall I write about?
You’re surrounded by brilliant writing ideas waiting only for you to grab them and transform them into riveting pieces.
Have you ever wished you were more creative?
Of course you have!
I mean, who hasn’t?
The problem with creativity is that it can get crushed so easily.
A negative remark from a teacher long ago, or an insensitive quip from a friend can be all it takes to stymie your ability to create.
Luckily, there are ways to restore your innate creativity.
Sometimes it’s a struggle to find what to write about, don’t you agree?
A blog is like a hungry beast, always asking for more.
Sometimes, you’re stuck and just can’t get anything onto a page. It happens to me too.
A short while ago I was on a flight from Thailand to New Zealand and I was determined to write a post. I opened my laptop, put my hands on the keyboard,
Last week, your writing seemed fine.
Well, maybe not fine, but at least okay.
The plot and pacing in your story worked well enough. Your poetry flowed. You like where your nonfiction outline was headed.
Out of nowhere, your imagination runs dry.
Today, nothing’s right when you write. You struggle with the blank page, clawing for each word.
Would You Like to Bust Through Your Writing Block?
You know what it feels like to have writer’s block, don’t you?
You sit in front of your computer and nothing happens. No ideas come. Your mind is a blank slate.
When you think of writer’s block, you think of nothingness – a void in which you can’t think at all, when you really need to think of something spectacular to write about.
You want to write, so you sit down to begin.
You stare at the blank page or screen. And stare. And stare.
After this happens a few times, you come to the conclusion: “I want to write, but I don’t know what to write about”. You shelve your writing dreams and believe you’ll never be a writer.
Here are some ideas disguised as quotes to banish blank page blues and get you started:
Write your truth