“The pleasure of exploration ... ?”
Ah, yes …that reckless abandon of falling into fantasy (or even the fresh ideas and views of life that come from interesting non-fiction.)
It’s important for us (as writers) to remember how enjoyable that is, and keep that freshness flowing in our own work. The best way to do this is by simply remaining lifelong readers ourselves.
Reading automatically becomes an investment in the quality of our own writing.
What an effortless and enjoyable way to sharpen our skills and develop our craft! -J.M.Clark
EXERCISE THE EYES
Finally, some exercise I can get behind! Too bad it doesn’t burn more calories. This creative principle is all about connecting the right and left sides of the brain. Researchers are finding that inter-hemispheric interaction produces more creative but practical ideas.
I’m going to be honest, I’ve been moving my eyes back and forth (from left to right) for about five minutes now and I’m not sure I feel more creative. Definitely feeling dizzy, though.
Give it a shot and let me know what kind of results you see.
(Take some time today and write to the people who matter the most,
the people who love and care for you.)
Write a letter to each of your children
Write a letter to someone who recently
made you feel good about yourself.
DISTRACT ME NOT
Remember that notebook and paper I keep telling you to carry around with you. Well, here’s another time it’s going to come in handy. When the writing begins to flow you really don’t want to dam it up again with things like, “Dang it! I forgot to pick up milk,” or “I have to call the dentist today.” That’s why the notebook is so important. It allows you to write down the important thought for later resolution.
I recommend a notebook rather than your phone on this one because the phone has an awful lot of distractions that are just as likely to pull you from your writing as that wayward thought that sent you scrambling for it in the first place.
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