The beast that I am constantly writing about, creativity can sometimes be likened to a bear. Sometimes you need to be running full-tilt as it charges you and other times it's like it has gone into hibernation. Like when you're staring at a blank page and are full of motivation to get something written down but the beast lies dormant and the page stays blank.
It's one of the worst feelings in the world when things just don't happen!
Fortunately for us there are some quick techniques that we can use to kind of poke the damn bear into action.
First out of the blocks is a quick, tried and true technique that has been around forever, even though you were actually told off for doing it. Grab yourself a pen/pencil and some paper and doodle away. Don't get caught trying to think of what you're doodling. Just doodle for fun!
Just to be clear. When I say 'doodle' I mean the act of taking the pencil to the pad and letting your fingers do the walking. I really don't want to know what else you thought it meant!
Often, we try to be creative in the same surroundings that we are always in, for instance the office. If possible, take your meeting or just yourself with your doodle pad out to some other surroundings. The different sights, smells and noises can have the impact of getting those juices flowing!
Relive Your Childhood
Don't go right back to your nappy days, probably just a tad too far. Start looking at life the same way you did when you were a toddler. Everything is new! Everything is FUN! Go ahead and press the walk button on the lights 23 times and then get excited when the 24th time you press it the light goes green! Talk about power!
This is a good one that can help sometimes. Basically get a few random words, however you can think them up. If you can tune in to the net, there's plenty of resources online for random word generators. Take those words and create a very short piece about them. Keep it really short, say 100 words or so. It's crazy how writing a very quick short piece about the Bacon Collage of Astronauts in Custody can kick-start the creative juices. Let's face it, everything is better with Bacon!
Above all, don't stress. Stress is the natural enemy and killer of creativity. Creativity can kill stress but it is also susceptible to it. Talk about a weird relationship between these two! A Marriage made in Hell. Probably should try to add Bacon to it and see what happens.
Hmmm, Bacon Collage of Astronauts in Custody - catchy title for a new book. Now I just need to figure out what the story is about and just what a 'Bacon Collage' actually is... If you have any thoughts on the story line for this book, drop me a note. I'll be off doodling!