Thursday, July 4, 2019

3 Ways to Getting your Creative Juices Flowing

image of creative juices

Writer's Block. A thing that terrifies most writers (though personally I believe it's an excuse of not properly outlining or a lack of direction in amateur writers) there are always days when you don't feel like writing. So I felt like talking about what personally works for me when my brain just doesn't want to write.

Most notably, I always find out that my best writing is done when I power through the "lazy mode" and just get to write. The trick here, is not to read what you write immediately but in fact just let it sulk in there, and get back to it at a later date, and one of two things will happen: either you'll edit it and make it great, or you'll be surprised that it isn't as bad as you originally thought. That is why experienced authors will always tell you, straight to your face that perseverance and consistency are better friends than inspiration and motivation. An argument always comes that the likes of Stephen King don't have Writer's Block, and they sure as hell don't outline their novels, and I'd say that is absolutely true, however it took Stephen King so many years of hard work and (a great number of books) to do what he does without outlining anything. Writing is more so a habit than talent.

1. Change Your Scenery


Hey, it works. If you are used to write in a dark, candle-lit room (don't judge me) with loud epic music in the background then do the opposite, go to a coffee shop, plug in those noise canceling headphones and write. Recently, I went to Kuwait and stayed at a hotel that offered a great sea-view and my first thought was "I can't wait to write to this!"

Here's a picture for reference:

grand hotel view in kuwait
Grand Hotel, Kuwait
With this beautiful view, the sound of waves and buzzing noise outside gave me the inspiration and motivation to write the scene that I always shied away from: a great horde is coming towards a rich city, but now more than ever, all must band together to try to fend off this attack (honestly, if you get this reference, get in touch and tell me what you think this is, and I legit will ship you a prize).

Sometimes, this is the single thing you have to do to get out of the writing slump. Even writing at a different location of your candle-lit room might do exactly that for you, and whatever you write: DO NOT DELETE ANYTHING. Move them in a separate document, and call it "trash.docx" or whatever.

2. Read More Books


This is a straight forward thing. If you're struggling to write, then there's no reason to fret. Pick up another book similar to your genre and read. A writer that doesn't read, shouldn't exist. Often time, this pushes our brain to the basic animistic vibes. See a writer's brain works differently, and chances are when you are reading that great book, about a dozen ideas will pop up in your head and you'll be asking the poisonous question that all writers possess "what if that happened? What if this happened?" 

I think this can be summed up really well by sharing the time when I saw an interview of Neil Gaiman when he was asked "how do you get ideas for your books" to which he replied: "Our brains work differently, when we read that a bite from a werewolf turns them too, we wonder... What if a werewolf bites a goldfish?" 

Lately, I've been reading Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, and this book, I swear is so addictive but unfortnately, between work, writing and other family obligations I only have time to read when I am flying out of/to the country but I cherish those moments very much. It always rejuvenates me to see another writer doing what they do best: write. 

3. Live Your Life!

live life to the fullestA lot of writer blogs often tell you to force yourself to write even if you don't like it, however, if you don't have a main project at the moment, it is absolutely fine to go out, have fun and enjoy yourself. Writers should always write from experience, and that is why you shouldn't miss out on any sort of experience because at best, you'll have fun and you'll have a great tale to tell. And at worst, you'll have a great tale to tell. 

Go out with your friends, or meet up with family... go on an adventure, just do something that doesn't make you feel secluded and isolated. That is one of the reasons why writers struggle and get gloomy when they can't write. Realize that you got to take care of your mental energy as much as you pay attention to your physical health. 

Quite recently, my latest WIP (work in progress) was about a character who was twisted, tormented and a misogynist. Too arrogant for his own damn good, and I often felt that I needed to disconnect from the story because of how gloomy the whole world seemed to me. 

I'll have to end this here. If you've any questions or comments, don't hesitate to let me know!

Until next time,
Write on.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great post ... question regarding the third point: what do you do if you cant travel or change your settings?

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    1. You don't have to. Instead of writing in your room, just go to the atic, or the guest room. Perhaps if you have a library there or even the living room will do. A change of scenary cannot be constrained by travel.

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