Do you ever wonder where some authors come up with their amazing ideas? Sure, there is a skill to getting those ideas written down, but imagination and creativity play a large role in their development. Both imagination and creativity are inborn – we can develop them, but everybody has them. The problem is that as we get older, a lot of people lose their creativity because they don’t exercise it. Here are some ways to practice creativity and reignite your imagination.
Let your mind wander
We are very used to being in control of our thoughts and minds, but we tend not to let our minds go past what is real or realistic. We may wonder about the future, or contemplate the past, but these are often worries or memories, not creative concepts. Sit quietly and let your mind ask questions and explore untapped territory. Don’t force ideas or stress, just allow your mind to open and see where it takes you.
Write everything down
We have a million ideas every day, but we often don’t recognize them as actual ideas. And many of them are so fleeting that they’re gone before we even realize they’re there. Or we recognize the great idea, and commit it to memory only to forget it not long after. Learn to notice the thoughts that pass through your mind and write them down immediately. A lot of the ideas may turn out to be nothing, but you never know when you’ll stumble upon one that will turn into something brilliant.
Going for a walk or a run not only releases endorphins and gets your blood pumping, but it is also a fantastic tool that you can use to clear your mind. Sometimes, writing can be a little overwhelming. You’re not sure where the story is going or how to develop a certain character – it can really put a strain on your brain. Exercising can release that stress and get the ideas flowing.
Adults forget how to be imaginative, so practice is key. But, how do you practice being creative? There are many ways! Doodling on a piece of paper is one very easy, and even relaxing way to get your creative juices flowing. Reading is another. You can also practice writing mini short stories – just quick hits of creativity. They don’t have to be good, and nobody even has to read them, they just need to be unique.
Take some time to just write ideas. Don’t try to write any further into a story or come up with any additional information about the characters or the scene. Just write ideas. Write 20, 50, or even 100 ideas. Again, they don’t have to be good, but they do have to be yours. You can sift through them later and pick out the good ones, combine multiple ideas together, or simply do nothing with them. It doesn’t matter, as long as you push your creativity to the next level.