10 Ways to Be Creative

Now some of you might be thinking after that last post… Why is a writer posting about being active? I thought this was a writing blog. Well, I’ll tell you.

Being a writer, a creative person, has an awful lot to do with being active. Sorry to say it. But I’m not. Both at the same time. I know. Confusing. I’m not sorry because without being active, writing becomes approximately 99.99% harder.

As a writer going into the adolescence of his journey – six years and counting – I have come to the conclusion that writers before me and sometimes I myself find it tempting to do what early writers do – ask far more than enough questions about ideas and how to get them and which ones are good and all that jazz.

Want ideas? Get creative. Don’t know how? Get active. If you already know about being active (see last post), then read this post. It’s about creativity.

  1. Do something ridiculous.
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    For me, whenever I do something goofy, ridiculous, or anything that falls under the thesaurus listings of those words, I find myself mentally free of being practical. To be clear, I’ll just say that I feel a whole lot more open to crazy ideas if I do something crazy myself.
  2. Do something easy.
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    I know my last post had this one in it as well, but it’s a beautiful web of interconnectivity. It’s just a creative and simple way to let go of the grip your left brain has on your right brain.
  3. Get away from screens.
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    Seriously. Those things kill creativity. Get real. Get moving. Get active. Seeing the beautiful interconnectivity?
  4. Play a game.
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    Is there an element in the game that is related to an idea your rolling over in your mind? Is there a story in one of the elements of the game? Do players make moves and strategies that you aren’t expecting (most likely)? Is there a character in there? A motive? A goal?
  5. Let your mind wander.
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    Stare out the window and just think. Think about anything. Create a mental mind map, literally, and just jump around from idea pad to idea pad. Think of ways you would change your life and turn into a story form. Or something. Go somewhere in your mind and then try to bring it back to your writing.
  6. Engage in wordless entertainment.
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    Being a writer, an individual of words, a communicator, can make it exhausting to have to listen to more words and the like when away from the work. No wonder a lot of us writers are introverted weirdos.
  7. Delve into your notebook of ideas and recordings.
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    Assuming you already have one. Any ideas in your journal will work. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be an “idea journal” with stickers all over the outside. It can be a roll of paper towels (I tried it and for some reason, it really messes with your brain and things are easier to say on paper towels). Hey, a paper towel is still paper. Just let it all out and then let it simmer between the covers. Then come back a few weeks later and let the aromas of your life after having written all those thoughts and ideas down soak it all back up.
  8. Don’t worry about rules or getting your ideas right or make them have to make sense.
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    You can always, if you think you can, brainstorm the idea more and combine it with another idea and build, shape, and morph the not-so-awesome ideas into characters, plot points, settings, set-piece scenes, or whatever.
    Are you seeing that picture? The one with the sofa? The absolute ridiculousness of it? Well, it’s not ridiculous. It’s pretty funny. But it’s not ridiculous. To some, it’s not ridiculous. To others, it’s the epitome of stupid. Or to others, it’s just “cute”. Do you have any ideas like this? Perhaps in that journal of yours?
  9. Obtain ecstasy.
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Serve others. Go out of your way to make someone’s day. The smiles and the love bring about more love and the creative juices just start flowing. Writing is creating. Creation is an act of love. So, when we spread love around in ways besides writing, it doesn’t matter how the effect turns out with the preliminary love – we still get giddy and we want to write and now we have a wonderful experience to write about. At least, that’ll get us going in the right direction if we’re stuck. Whether it be in the creative process, or an actual piece of writing.

  1. Try not to “have” or “get” ideas.
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    The best ideas come when you’re just driving along the road, reading the paper, waking up, clocking out of work, letting a mad customer fume at about how good of a job you’re doing, watching the dog sniff in all the air. It is in those moments, when we least expect it, that the best ideas come. Because the best ideas don’t start out as “ideas”. They start out as feelings. As emotions. As viewpoints. Don’t write a character to be funny because they gripe about their job all the time just because you can. Experience what people, places, or situations are like. Live!

10 Ways to Stay Active

 

 

I know what you’re thinking. Why should I be taking advice about staying active from a guy who can’t keep up with his own posting schedule? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s because I’ve been giving it some thought recently.

  1. Go outside.

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How does this help you? Let me count the ways. Never mind. I’m pretty sure there are quite a few ways and I’ll just let this article fill you on them.

And no, you don’t have to go where this picture was taken to go outside. That’s no excuse to not go outside.

2.   Drink water.

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You’d be surprised about what sticking to water as your go-to beverage will do to you. There is too much to know about water to put it all on this page. So here’s this article instead.

3.   Breathe in and out for one minute straight.

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I took vision therapy for about a six-month period recently. Whenever I found myself unable to focus, I simply remembered or had to be told to breathe. And you know what? It worked. Things cleared up. I was able to see. Sometimes this whole ADHD society gets too far into our minds and puts even our breathing at bay just so we can move on to the next thing. Just breathe next time. Breathe right now.

4.   Don’t start shutting down before the 90 – 120-minute cushion before bedtime.

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When I get home from work, the first thing my body wants to do is just find the nearest screen and scroll. But, seriously, that’s rolling the dice and going to jail on purpose. There is a time for everything, but your day could have so much more in it if you put the device down and picked your butt up.

5.   Get on your feet.

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I read an article once about how sitting is the new smoking. Your body automatically starts powering down and letting up on all those bodily fluids that get you through your day. If you were on your feet enough, your productivity would boost past just being healthy by standing more often.

6.  Challenge yourself.

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Of course, this whole staying active thing is a challenge to begin with but these are only a few areas I am personally challenging you in. What are some more subjective ways you can challenge yourself? Or others?

7.   Do something easy.

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I’m not talking about a video game. Compile a list of super easy to-do’s and one by one, knock ‘em dead. You’ll build momentum and you will have, hopefully, served others in the process. Which is a way better feeling than just knowing that you’re staying active. Or getting active so you say tomorrow that you’re staying active.

8.  Take the dog/s out for a walk or something.

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Not only when you do this will you be getting outside and getting all that Vitamin C, but you’ll be bonding more with your pet/s. Plus it compiles just about every single one of the previous ways I’ve just listed for you into one. There’s a flock of birds just waiting to get hit by this one little rock.

9.   Or just, you know, work out.

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You could fill a book, a lot of books, with how working out helps you out. In ways, more than one. And they have.

10.   Stop reading this post.

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And don’t get sucked into another one! Too many times I find myself trying to improve myself and find ways to save time and all that jazz. The one piece of advice I almost never see is the one that says to stop reading about how to save time.

 

So, until next time. This is j/LARGE.

Here I Am

So. Here I am. A writer. I am a writer. Hence the name of this blog.

So…

Having tons of free time, now that I am not working on a trilogy screenplay that took me six years from idea conception to the final draft where I could leave it alone for awhile with a peace of mind, I psychologically have more time to blog.

I say ‘psychologically’ because, in the writer’s mind, I cannot keep up a blog if I’m “working” on a trilogy. Believe me, there were plenty of times when I wasn’t working on my trilogy.

So the way I’m writing this is I just type whatever comes to mind in the domino line of ideas. There is a general connection between everything I’ve said already.

Right now, my little sister is having a photoshoot with the camera and her main subject is me. So, I’m having a little problem with thinking. It’s funny, but kind of annoying.

I just decided that since I don’t really use the camera that much, except for making home films and videos, that she and I can use the camera. It will be our camera.

Oh! Yes!

I remember what I was going to say. Back when I was working on my trilogy and trying to start up a blog, I “prepared myself” by Googling “how to blog”, “how to start a blog”, and the like. I put “prepared myself” in quotation marks because I thought I was getting ready. But it was really just a rather mild, yet stifling form of procrastination.

So I decided to just start writing a blog post. I will also be trying to not worry about the number of views or likes, let alone comments, on any of my posts.

I will try to come up with around three, maybe four posts a week. If anyone is actually reading this and has come this far (I’m already sounding doubtful), then I hope you can direct me to other blogs.

That sounded terrible.

In its wording, that is.

Before the parentheses statement about my doubtfulness, I knew what I was going to say. But it just flew out my left ear.

Ug.

So, yes. I am a writer. Not a published author. I guess I am an author. Just not published. These posts will be as you have read already, rather journalesque in rhythm and kind of like freewriting.

Almost like a way to make sure I keep on writing. My job at the Dollar Tree since last August has seriously turned to powder my fear of talking to strangers and almost not caring about being kind of ridiculous at times.

Wow. I’ve already this much. That’s exciting. Makes me want to write a whole bunch more!

In closing, I went running this morning. I decided to finally do it. No matter how weird it was for me to run by complete strangers that are my neighors. I just finally did it. I’ve been studying creativity and the writing life recently. One of the keyest keys to ideas and the ability to pour words out onto the page as I have done here, is wordless activity.

No movies, although they do help me, no music with lyrics, that sometimes helps me with passion about things I care about, and no reading. Although reading as  a writer is very important, it is draining to the creative mind. Actually, I’m no expert. So I shouldn’t be saying that it drains the creative mind. I just know that watching movies sometimes helps, listening to music (I listen to the theme from the HBO miniseries, John Adams when I want to feel empowered about freedom, our God-given unalienable rights, and all that, I listen to Star WarsLord of the Rings, sometimes The Hobbit, Pirates of the Caribbean, and maybe some other things when I want to think about epic stories and sagas), and playing games helps with my writing.

So I don’t want to bore you or make you want to scroll to the bottom to see how much is left. So without further ado… see ya’round.

Y’all come back now, y’hear?