As a writer you never know when a new idea will present itself to you, whilst at other times they may just be non-existent. Creativity is defined as, the use of imagination or original ideas. Keeping ideas and your creative imagination is imperative, however at times this proves to be a difficult feat.
Here are 4 key ways that help to maintain creativity and inspiration:
Have an adventure or go into nature.
Go on an adventure, get out out into nature and marvel at its beauty. Or take a risk and challenge yourself with a solo adventure to a place you’ve never been before. These kinds of activities keep you humbled, appreciative and open-minded they give you new experiences which are sure to get those creative juices flowing.
Get into a good routine.
There is no one-size-fits -all schedule but experiment and see which one serves you best. I for example am a morning person, therefore I prefer to rise early and get most of my work done at the beginning of the day. I’ve found that my peak focus occurs in the morning and therefore also attempt my toughest tasks for the day at this time. One of the most important things to consider is to make sure you’re getting the optimum amount of sleep for your age, health and lifestyle. I know many writers struggle with having healthy sleep habits but this will in time inhibit your creativity so try to get an average of 8 hours per night.
Actively consume creative mediums by people that you admire, naturally I’m an avid reader and have found reading to be crucial when I lack inspiration. By exercising your brain in this way you will find yourself having a brainwave idea in the middle of the chapter of that book you just can’t put down. I find that with the accessibility of social media these days it’s easy to replace this time with browsing Facebook rather than reading- be careful of this time wasted.
Join a community or group.
Staying inspired and cultivating great work can be a lonely task, ensure that you surround yourself with a good support network. Whether this means joining a group or maintaining good regular relationships with friends and family. Talking and connecting others helps to create new ideas and gain insight. Likeminded individuals such as those in a writing community are likely to have perspectives and tools to share. Sharing ideas helps grow even more ideas!
Whilst everyone is different always question and challenge yourself, it’s ok to doubt, that is part of the creative process! Just make sure you always have a notepad handy to write down any ideas that come your way, you never know what may stem from one simple, experience, conversation or novel that you are currently reading. Using your imagination is one of the most exhilarating tools! Hope this has inspired you.