Keep Those Ideas Coming

Annette Youngby Annette Young

I am constantly asked how to keep creative ideas flowing and yes,  this can be difficult if you feel overwhelmed by the day to day problems in life, feel tired or, just low in spirits. The trick I have found at those times is to take myself out of the office and go for a walk. It may not be a high-tech answer but for me, it clears the cobwebs from my brain.

A change of scenery, a cup of strong coffee and a chance to observe life from your chosen spot is often all you need.

It can help if you can train your brain to respond creatively on demand though. The trick here is to force yourself to write even if you don’t want to. Yes, it’s the last thing you will feel like doing but, once you get past the first stages of, ‘I hate this,’ you’ll find your brain starts to respond. The more you do this, the easier it gets to tap into creativity.

Start to think and feel like a writer. I’ve always said that I live and breathe the written word and if you are writer through and through, you’ll do the same. Even when you are not writing, you are observing life and there can be no better way to get ideas by the masses. Fiction and non-fiction requires the experiences and observations of life. I’ve always said, no experience is ever wasted. At the very least, it becomes fodder for your writing.

If you really want to write with heart and with conviction, go and live a little. It will freshen up your ideas and your abilities no end.

 

Daydream Believer

By Joy DeKok

 

With the recent death of teen idol, Davy Jones, the words to Daydream Believer have been running through my mind more often. It’s been a favorite of mine for a very long time.

 

When I was in grade school, my teachers sometimes had to pull me back from my daydreams to the classroom, and they did this with varying degrees of patience. Okay, so math was enough to cause my brain to freeze and science put me into a deep trance; I tried hard to concentrate. When numbers and science came together, I closed my eyes to hold back the tears. Really.

 

My parents were told I was a daydreamer as if that was a dirty word. Here’s the truth about all of this: I didn’t waste a lot of school time on daydreams. They were fragile, beautiful things that might get damaged or ruined. It’s probable when I was starring off into space, they’d simply lost me, again, and it’s highly likely I was hoping when I looked back at the blackboard, I’d finally get it. It never happened.

 

After a negative moment in the sixth grade (Yes, I was starring at the door, wondering if I could get a hall pass to get a drink), I tried really hard not to let my mind wander. It didn’t go well, and I gave up. I welcomed daydreaming into chemistry class and algebra. I wasn’t going to understand either of them, and was likely to get accused of daydreaming, so why not?

 

Slipping away in my mind was easy. I could be wearing the coolest of the cool hip-huggers with elephant bells, and dating either Davy Jones or Donny Osmond. I never entered the teen magazine contests, but I could win in my imagination.

 

But you know what? I knew none of those dreams would come true. It was the other daydream that mattered; the one where I was a writer with readers. Words filled my heart, my head, and my notebooks. Poetry flowed, and stories danced in my dreams. My mind was at home in these misty moments. It felt good and right. It still does.

 

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t indulge in a little daydreaming from time to time. We writers dream about what our words will look like on the pages, our names boldly printed on book covers, our characters, our reader take-aways, and emails from people who bought, read, and love our books.

 

Some experts call this visualization. This simple terminology switch, transforms daydreaming into a healthy exercise.

 

Now when I get time to stare off into space or close my eyes and go deep in a daydream, it counts as writing. Forget the hip-huggers; this is the coolest of the cool.

 

There has always been a difference between my teen idol infatuations and my writing daydreams; I believed writing was a part of who I am and what I was created to do.

 

That makes me a daydream believer.

 

Is there a daydream you’ve put off? If you dare to believe in it, you might get to live it.

 

Joy DeKok is a published author, speaker, and author coach. Because Joy is living out her dreams, she knows others can too. This is one of the driving factors in her writing, coaching, mentoring, and speaking.

 

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