How often have you thought to yourself, “I’m not creative?” Yet I’m sure you’ve also marveled at the creativity of young children playing, wondering where on earth they come up with their crazy ideas?
Creativity doesn’t disappear as we get older; we don’t exercise it quite as much as when we were younger. But, unfortunately, traditional classroom schooling also doesn’t prioritize creativity because teachers are focused on teaching the curriculum and scoring tests.
Here’s a piece of advice: If you want to spur your creative juices once again, write a book.
Wait, though! Before you start writing the Great American Novel, you’ll want to prepare an outline and know what topic you write about. If you’re an expert in a particular field, it makes sense to write about your expertise. Bonus points: your business will grow. But even if you want to test the waters with a fiction novel, approach writing a book with a plan.
Here are just a few ways you can unlock your hidden creative genius by writing a book:
Use the Brain Dump Method
Experts have proven that multitasking diminishes productivity. So instead of trying to write your book while your brain is swimming with other ideas, take a journal and start writing everything down. And I mean EVERYTHING: calling the dog groomer for an appointment, calling the pharmacy for a refill, or the need to get to those ten loads of laundry.
Whatever it is that’s taking up space in your brain, write it down.
Now that you’ve released these thoughts focus on writing your book. You’ll discover the writing process is more straightforward when you can focus on one task instead of a hundred.
Pop the Creativity Cork.
Do you ever get stuck with one idea in your mind? I do. And when that happens, it’s hard to concentrate on anything else. So release that one big idea into a book … then pay attention to other creative ideas that surface.
There’s a subconscious reason why you can’t move past your book idea and focus on other things. It’s your brain’s way of telling you to follow through and see where it takes you. When your book is done, and you have time to relax, that’s when you’ll get your next inspiration.
Writing is Creative Problem-Solving
When was the last time you made a pros/cons list to help you make a decision? Confession: I did it last week. What about a to-do list to track your daily tasks? Or mind mapping to illustrate the growth of your business?
These are simple examples of how writing is used to solve problems. Writing out the details of our problem allows us to clarify what needs to happen. Writing things out also makes it easier to see connections and solutions to problems.
Practice makes perfect
Even if you’re not aiming for perfection, this adage holds true. The more you write, the easier the process becomes. Really! I speak (well, write) from experience!
Writing content for your audience will become easier because you have the practice, and you’ve researched to know what they want.
Embrace Learning Something New
The best books are well researched. That means you need to embrace the research phase to spur your creativity. Knowing all of the facts makes it easier to tell the story.
Discover new facts, new resources, or new theories. Then carry this idea over into your personal life and mix up your daily routines to try new things. For example, explore your surroundings, take the long way home from the gym, or explore a new town you randomly choose from a map. Your brain will thank you for making it work differently simply because you mixed things up!
Creativity is inside each of us. Even if it’s dormant, it’s there. The process of accessing that creativity and using it to create something you love will be unique for every person. I promise you, though, tapping into your creative side will yield great rewards.