People look for creativity techniques because they seem to think creativity is an elusive ghost.
Some people have it and some people don’t. Or, if you have it, it comes and it goes when it wants.
Everyone can learn to harness their own creative juices. Here are a couple insights into creativity and tips to help get you started.
Creativity Starts By Limiting Your Focus
One common misconception about creativity is that it’s about not being limited by your choices.
Duke Ellington composed music by determining the limitations of certain band members and then composing within the constraints of those limitations.
If you don’t impose a structure (limitations) to what you are doing you will never even get started. So, start limiting (focusing) your vision of what it is you want to do.
- Where does the story take place?
- Who are the main characters?
- What plotline is best suited for this story?
Most novels are never written simply because people don’t start writing their ideas down. By imposing limits, you increase your focus.
Once you know that your story takes place on a Battleship in World War Two you will know what kind of characters you need and how they will speak.
Start writing your ideas down and then more ideas will come to work within that frame work. Creative writing prompts more creative writing, just as one creativity technique will lead to more.
The Most Powerful Of All Creativity Techniques
I know it may sound strange. But, when you find yourself stuck with a problem your novel has given you…
- When you can’t figure out where the scene should take place.
- When you don’t know how to portray the emotions you need to portray.
- When you have tried everything under the sun and you just can’t find the answer.
You heard me.
The Law of Reverse Effect states that the harder you try the more likely it is you will fail.
Why is this?
Because your conscious mind is tampering with things that are better left to your subconscious mind.
Don’t Believe Me? Try It.
Some of my best ideas came to me days or even weeks after I had given up and thrown in the towel.
This is how I accidentally discovered the most powerful creativity techniques. But, you can also actively use it as well.
Next time you are stuck on your novel try this.
Write out what it is you want to achieve 25 times.
For example, “I now know how to portray the dialogue between Joe and Petra”.
It must be stated in the present tense and positively, in the affirmative, what you want to achieve not what you want to avoid.
Then forget about it.
Do that once a day until you get the answer you want.
What you are doing is seeding your subconscious mind with what you want. It is only a matter of time until the answer to your request will bubble its way up into your conscious.