Is it time to wake up the creative writer in you? Writing an article doesn’t just mean putting down thoughts into words then typing and writing them. You have to capture the interest of your readers and give them a reason to keep reading. You have to get the attention of the reader and have a firm grasp of their interest and pique their curiosity.
The main ingredient in writing an article is creativity. While creativity may come naturally to many people, some of us get writer’s block. It can be a hair-pulling ordeal just to get your creative juices flowing.
Putting words into images in the reader’s mind is an art. A clear and crisp depiction requires a certain flair that only creativity can provide. Similes and metaphors help a lot, but the way an article gets entwined word for word, sentence by sentence then paragraph by paragraph into a whole article develops the essence of the article.
So just what do you have to do when nothing comes to mind? That’s a fair question but unfortunately, there are no surefire ways to get those perfect ideas to pop into your head. But, there are easy ways to get your creative juices flowing and put you into a perfect mindset and state of mind. Here are five of them.
Keep a diary or a journal in your pocket or with you at all times.
You just never know when an idea is triggered by something you may hear, see, or smell. Your senses are your radar in finding great ideas. Write all of them into a journal and keep it with you for future reference. You may also write down anything that you have read or heard, someone’s ideas could be used to develop your own ideas and this is not stealing. Remember that ideas and creativity can come from anywhere; it’s the development of the idea that makes it unique.
Relax and take time to sort things out.
You need a clear head. A jumbled mind cannot create any space for new ideas. If you are bothered by something, give yourself permission to get rid of it for a while. Put it in the closet for a few minutes. Try closing your eyes and allowing yourself some quiet time. Block out all the sights sounds and smells around you. Turn your focus inward and breathe.
Try to relax every time that you can and think about your experiences and interactions with others. Your experiences are what shape your mindset and your opinions which could be reflected in your writings. Try to discover yourself, find out what triggers your emotions. Discover what inspires you and what ticks you off. You can use these emotions to help you in expressing yourself and your ideas, and grow as a creative writer.
Create a working place that can inspire your creativeness.
Creativity comes from being in a good state of mind and a messed up workplace that causes distraction won’t be conducive to firing up your creative flow.
Surround your working place with objects that makes you happy and relaxed. You may put up pictures, or scents, plants, or anything that can inspire you, relax you and get your creativeness cranking.
Set the mood.
Setting the mood requires you to just go with the moment or to induce yourself to feel what makes your mind works best. Finding out what makes you tick could help you find ways to get your creative juices flowing. Set the pace and tempo for your mood and everything else will follow.
There are many ways to set the mood. Some writers have been known to have a little sip of wine to stir up the imagination. Some use mood music while others let the lighting of the environment create the mood. You decide what sets your mood.
Go on a vacation and just do something crazy and out of the norm.
Letting yourself go and have fun produces adrenaline which can make your imagination run wild. If your day is usually a busy one, take a quiet adventure or a solemn hike. Whatever it is that is unusual from your daily routine can take the rut out of your schedule.
In no time at all, your imagination will make use of that experience and get you to be the creative writer that starts working in overdrive.