Big Magic, the book by Elizabeth Gilbert freed me to live a more creative life. She instilled in me the courage to write my stories and stop doubting myself; or worrying if someone will like what I wrote. Holy batman, this is huge! Now, I lovingly tell my inner critical voice to shut the hell up so my creativity can flow. Don’t you love it when your creativity manifests itself? Creativity brings us benefits that go far beyond artistic expression. Being a creative person can help you to be a better writer and better problem solver and an all-around more effective person in anything you choose to do.
Even if you don’t think of yourself as an especially creative person, you’ll be glad to know that it’s there within you just waiting for you to use it! Creativity can be expressed in many different ways. Plus, there are many techniques you can use to develop and nurture your natural creativity.
How to Spark Creative Magic in Your Writing
Do you think that a person is either creative or they’re not? What a myth! If you long to be more creative, then go for it!
Here are five tips you can use to become a more creative you:
1. Believe. Think of yourself as creative. We all have the spark of creativity inside us; it’s just a matter of fanning that flame to keep it alive. The first step is to know that you’re creative. Think positively about this and work to see your creative side whenever possible.
2. Mind Mapping is a great brainstorming that is a visual representation of your ideas. You can use it to create a character profile, visually outline your story, or play around with a variety of ideas if you don’t know what your story is about.
3. Take Action. Put your new ideas into action. Don’t worry what other people will think. By trying out your creative ideas, even if you don’t succeed at first, you’ll learn something and give your creativity a chance to flourish. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
4. Be inspired! Stroll through a museum or art gallery, take in a play, read an inspirational book like, Big Magic or Chicken Soup for the Inspirational Writer’s Soul, try going somewhere you’ve never been or seeing something you’ve never seen. Inspiration sparks creativity.
5. Modeling. Learn from the pros but don’t copy them. Study the work of some of the best writers in your genre. Take a writing class or participate in an online 5-Day challenge.
Remember to be patient when nurturing your creativity. Try one or more of these techniques and you may discover that you’re one of the most creative people out there. Great writers believe in themselves. Take a bold action today – Believe in You!