How I Started Writing
ONCE UPON A WRITING TIME …
… on a bright and definitive day …
FIRST A QUICK WORD OR TWO; THEN A FEW PHRASES THEREAFTER.
Before long, a single cursive sentence became a stack of flowing paragraphs.
On and on I went like that until …
THAT UNLEASHING WAS A TRANSFORMATIVE MOMENT; ONE THAT’S LEFT ME ENTHRALLED AND QUITE STIRRED SINCE.
3 TIPS TO GET YOUR CREATIVE WRITING MOJO FLOWING
Need to get into your creative writing head space?
Here are 3 tips to get you inspired:
1) Try ditching your keyboard too!
If you’re trying to engage your creative inner self, sometimes you can activate that vibrant part of you a bit more by removing the computer (or keyboard) sitting between you and your words. You don’t have to pen a whole script on paper but even just a scribbling a few lines of text or doodling a couple of words out onto your notebook will help get your writing juices flowing more than you realize.
2) Counterforce inspiration
Chinese philosopher Laozi reminds us, in his The Book of the Way, that “every force has its counterforce.” Thus, all words and ideas, in turn, have their respective counterforces (e.g. each word, for example, has its antonyms). As you ponder your writing angles, be sure to explore relevant antonyms and related counterforces stemming from your ideas. Often it’s there you’ll discover unexpected inspiration to nourish your creative writing practice.
3) Unlock your creativity with a crayon.
Grab any sheet of white paper and a color crayon (any color will do) and just start coloring. Don’t try to be fancy but do use consistent strokes as you crayon-scribble across the page, making sure you color on as much of your paper’s surface area as possible.
Instead, this is a mindfulness exercise to help you center your thoughts and expose your view to the inspirational energy color can exude.
As you color, try to focus on the pigment being released from the crayon. Feel the waxy coverage under your fingertips as you scribble and move your arm and wrist to and fro. Enjoy the gradual spread of vibrant color as it coats your sheet of paper, turning it from stark white to blue or green or whatever your crayon hue may be.
In other words, go spew your words! And don’t try to author anything perfectly. The goal is to unlock your raw words and enjoy the unharnessed power of your creative expression.