Writer’s block is a myth.
Just in case you’re one of the ones that it does afflict, this is for you. As a Creative writer’s block can be, a poison to the artist’s spirit. This will help guide you through the tough obstacle course of writer’s block. I compare it to an obstacle course because it’s not permanent. My obstacle course has nothing in it, so it doesn’t exist for me. Yours can get there, or at the very least, you can dominate that course.
Let’s define creativity
Creativity is connecting the relationship of two different things that are not seen by an untrained eye. I say untrained because if creativity is connections, you have to expand yours.
The Map is not the Territory
This is how I keep my creativity fresh. Try it and apply it, without action you never make a choice. If it doesn’t work for you, then it doesn’t. I will give you more than a few tools.
Experience is your best friend
Living life, introvert, extrovert, whatever you consider yourself. Living life is the best way to expand your creativity because you are gaining experience. You have to be conscious of that experience. Put that phone down, the world can wait. It’s your life. Could you imagine going to the movies and the main characters stared at their phone, through the whole film? Experience the moment is all I’m saying.
Health is Wealth
This one is probably the hardest tool. Which is why I think most of you may try it. I’m talking about your health. A clear mind is a creative mind. When you calm the sea, you can see the picture clearly.
Physical health, what you eat affects you. I want to write until the day I die, and I want that to be as far away as possible. Take it from Jenny though, food does affect your creativity. Physical fitness gives you the freedom of mobility, think about that.
Sleep is critical. If your mind is tired, it won’t be of any use to you. I now sleep about 7 hours a day. I sleep great, my body wakes up naturally, and I’m in bed by 9. Managing my sleep has been a rewarding choice. Your dreams can help you solve problems.
Jimmy Kwik has excellent advice on how to remember your dreams. Follow these steps, but first, you have to manage your sleep.
Physical is only half of your health. For a lot of us, this next part is where the most challenging obstacles come in. Mentally you have to remove roadblocks. Amy doubt you have in yourself will surface as writer’s block, its another obstacle. Tune out the doubt inside of you and tune out the doubt outside of you. Life is all about balance. When you start working on the physical aspects, the mental elements become easier. It’s because working out is not for the body its for the mind.
If you have any questions on this one, please reach out. I understand that these are easier said than done.
Feed the Brain
Read, if you’re a writer you should be reading. You have to understand the different complexities in the world. You can become diverse or hone in on your craft but read. If you’re not a writer, learn, learn from the past and present.
Humans are productive when we are happy. Check out this awesome Ted Talk by Shawn Achor. Life’s hard, no one is denying that. That’s not what I’m disputing. My context is that if you’re in a good mood, you’re at 100 percent if you’re not happy, you’re not at 100 percent. You can get there. Believe you can and you will.
Avoid destination happiness. The idea that once you reach a certain point, have an individual person, or attain a particular object, you will be greater. Avoid it. Listen to Gary V on this one, love the process. Life isn’t about death, it’s about everything in between.
Force the right chemicals in. I like to take an active role in my life. Working out is me grabbing my brain and saying, “Listen here! You’re going to be happy because I’m not giving you a choice. It’s like hacking the system, but it works!
Write daily, Write diversely
If you’re unsure of what to write, start writing your current thoughts. Write about your perspective on life. Write about anything, but please write. This also applies to all Artists. Whatever your craft is, do it daily.
Excellence is what we do, daily. Not what we think.
The idea that you have to lower your expectations is impractical. You need an optimistic outlook. Art does not have to be of value to someone else to be considered art. All that matters is that you’re honest with yourself. You gave it your best, as long as you try. Too many people settle on their dreams.
“Perfection is beautiful because we can only envision it and never reach it. As humans, we can only strive for perfection.” Artificial Imagination
Finally, instead of some long boring history lesson, I leave you with some Chinese Philosophy I am inspired to share because of Bruce Lee.
Bruce Lee symbol for Jeet Kune Doe had a Chinese phrase around it that said.
“Using no way as way, Having no limitation as limitation.”
Let your creativity flow.
Hope you enjoyed this, if you remove your obstacles, message me! I would love to hear about that experience.