At times the writing muse would evade us, just like it does today. But I don’t want to be defeated. Creativity should always be present, whether an inspiration strikes or not. This is such a beautiful world, that when our eyes fail to see what we want to see, we could borrow others’ insights on things we want to have a grasp upon.
So now, let me talk about the elixirs of creativity that others saw, used, and shared gratefully. Here are five of them:
In my blog writing, I rely heavily on the Daily Post’s daily prompts. The prompt for today is elixir. I like the word. It sometimes is a subject in movies. You know, those stories wherein the villain would go back to the past and do everything it takes just to get that potion that promises him eternal life. But I could not write about that kind of story here. It’s just not my forte. So, I resorted to reading to gather some creative grains. One place I love is Quora. What I found is the topic about the elixir of creativity. Thus, I am sharing it here. When you’re stuck, not only in writing but in any industry that you are working on, read more on that subject, and new ideas by others would inspire you.
2. Clear your mind
Before starting to write this piece, my mind was filled with thoughts of self-doubt. I could not just say: Hey, be positive, those thoughts are negative. Get it out of your system. No. Clearing one’s thoughts from negative thinking requires much effort than that. What I did was I opened my online journal—it’s in Evernote that I may access it anywhere. Then I started to write everything that’s in my mind, positive or negative. I just let it all out into the open. When I poured everything out, I slowly felt alright. I have not the answers to my questions, but the thought of letting things be at the moment is quite refreshing. What’s more exciting is the fact that I am doing something that prevents me from being defeated by doing nothing at all. As Benjamin Hardy puts, “Action is the inspiration.”
3. Listen to others
When companies want to produce creative pursuits, they brainstorm their team. They encourage each one to offer ideas, even the craziest ones that they could think of. Others even employ the six thinking hats method in order to see things in different angles. When I get angry, I ask my kids what kind of punishment they want to receive. This way, I am still creative in dealing with them and not be consumed by my irritation. Listening to others spark creativity in you every time.
I produced my most soulful writings when I am physically, or mentally stressed. I see discomfort as a sign that says a creative genius in me wants to get out. It is the pathway through which when opened, all the stresses would withdraw. Instead of fighting discomfort, turn it around to your best advantage.
5. Share your story
We love stories. WordPress created this hub that we may share our stories and validate our feelings by relating with each other. People cry over the stories in movies. I even cried after reading a facebook post of a child who lost his mother. The story was backed with photos of the child hugging his mother’s coffin, sitting beside the coffin and sleeping beside it as well. So share your story. Whatever it is; it ripples with people who would look at their life and find much deeper meaning that’s triggered by your own. I believe there is no boring story. Even animal stories are exciting.
I hope you are now fired up. Your creative genius is just there hiding. Call it. Bring it out into the open and see how wonderful it feels to produce something that enables others to see their creative geniuses too.
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