Artists all create differently. For writers, it may even be more true. I love to listen to good music or have a TV on in the background, while I write. But for many of my colleagues, they need a quieter environment in which to create. I like to say create because it’s part and parcel of any creativity. No matter what you do in your creating life, kick starting creativity may not always comes so easily. I have ways of stimulating my own writing, perhaps they’ll work for you too.
It’s the soundtrack of our life. And it may also be a way to better compose your writing. Music provides a vibrant rhythm for athletes and exercisers in the professional arena or the local gym. Studies have shown it can increase productivity and stimulate us mentally. Fire up a CD, iPod, Pandora, iTunes or Google Play music and listen to that playlist as your creative writing juices flow.
People – Talk
I love talk shows. I love to talk and love to hear people talk with each other and discuss fun and informative topics. I try not to miss Howard Stern and Robin Quivers on Sirius XM, and last year all that listening really paid off for my writing. Howard and the wack pack have an ongoing bit about Klingon sex and speaking Klingon with Robin. While listening to a particularly funny moment, I brainstormed my book, Star Trek Sex. I even dedicated the book to Robin and Howard.
Exercise – Walking
Like exercise? Like to walk? I love to walk briskly daily. You may not move as quickly or as frequently as I do, but you should consider getting out there and pounding the pavement like you’re looking for work. You are, aren’t you? Writing is a job. That creativity and inspiration which you’ve been craving may be conjured up by a relaxing walk. Walking is one of the most basic and effective ways of stirring up the creative pot. When you move at a quick pace, when you breathe more, your brain gets a workout too. Your smartphone, iPad, Surface or Android tablet can always be handy to help jot down notes for that article or book outline.
TV & Films
I’ll rent movies from Redbox, online or through my cable system, or just watch on a cable TV channel. When I’m channel surfing, I’m not always on the lookout for a new writing idea, but they definitely come about at times while watching a good movie or TV show. Maybe something about the character catches my eye, or the world they are living in is fascinating to me. These elements may intrigue me so much they linger in my mind. If they keep nagging at me, I know there’s probably something there I can use as a springboard for my own new ideas.
Casting out an idea net out for creative outlets isn’t easy, but can become second nature to a writer. Just as a fisherman throws out a net to catch what he’s after, a writer can inspire their own creativity to create something by operating in a stimulating space.