Creation relies on having a good store of ideas. In the busy world we now inhabit, quite often our stores of ideas can run low: We get tired, overwhelmed and stuck.
Have you ever had the experience of needing to come up with a solution to something but the more you try to solve it, the less able you become? Then later on, when you’re walking the dog or having a shower the solution comes to you? This is because when you are in a more meditative state (i.e. relaxed) your brain makes room for thoughts to flow.
This made me think about our stores of creativity. When we think that we don’t have enough good ideas left, what we actually need is to move out some of the crap and make room for the creative juices to flow.
This is why it’s very important for EVERYBODY to find time out from every day tasks and allow our brains to relax. This will have a dual result. Your brain will be freer flowing with great ideas and solutions and you will stock your ‘cupboard’ with more interesting, creative content.
Here’s an example: Over the past weekend, we took time out at the beach. We walked on the sand with bare feet and shared in the unbridled joy of a six-month old puppy as he enjoyed all the beach offered him in terms of being in the moment – chasing waves, digging holes, meeting other dogs. I soaked up every detail and stored it away in my brain: The texture of the sand, the feel of the wind on my face, the joy of the puppy. It’s all stuff that you cannot pay for but will help me in my writing because I have connected to life and will be able to engage with readers through my ideas.
Be curious, say ‘yes’ to more opportunities and explore the world around you. The creations will follow.
One of the hardest parts about writing is sitting down at the desk and actually writing. Unless you schedule it into your diary, it may end up on the bottom of the to-do list.
Depending on the intention of your writing, your priorities will be different. If you’re dabbling in writing a novel but work full-time, you may not be able to give it your full attention. Because of this, many people struggle to write the book they dream about.
What are the excuses? Many say there aren’t enough hours in the day. Some say that family, work or partner gets all of their attention. Others that they’ll get around to it when they retire, when they have time.
Let’s look at the hours in our day. How many are used affectively? How many times do you check Facebook, emails, Instagram or LinkedIn? How much TV do you watch? Is it more than 15-20 minutes? Two hours? Why not grab just 20 minutes per day to devote to your writing.
Put it into your diary.
This is what I did every day for nine months in order to write the first draft of my novel. I had spent ten years writing the first 20,000 words of my novel. It took nine months to write the remaining 50,000 words and rework the earlier draft. I did this on the advice of my writing mentor who suggested that I put aside 15 minutes per day. I set my alarm 30 minutes earlier than usual to do this. I can’t tell you how good it felt when I hit ‘save’ on that last day. I no longer listen to people like myself who say that working six days per week is an excuse.
Here are my tips for keeping on track:
Use your diary/planner to schedule in your writing time and keep it regular.
Find a writing buddy or mentor to keep you on task.
Make writing a priority.
Our team at Busybird Publishing has created the Australian Writer’s Companion to help you keep on track and achieve your writing goals.