When do you feel your most creative?
I’m a bit of a night owl to be honest and whilst I write, shoot and edit throughout the day, I love losing myself in my blog and book writing when the house is asleep and all is quiet. There are no distractions on or offline and having written for a lot of the day, my creative muscles are warmed up and ready for the sprint. I feel that the magic hour creativity happens for me when the moon emerges. It’s when I do my best work. I’m most focused and committed then.
Here, I wanted to share some creativity boosters for times I feel lacking in motivation and need a push.
As I’ve shared many times before, the more you write, the you write until the process is naturalised and you create free-fall, overcoming self-doubt as confidence surges and creativity becomes your default. It’s those times you forget everything else and hone in on your art. It’s magical.
Luckily, that’s where I’m at most of the time. Through dedication. We do all flounder and fall though, it’s part of the journey and that’s why posts like this remind me of what works, small triggers which boost my creativity and get me back on track. I hope they work for you too!
Music can stir, inspire and uplift. It can set your working ambience too. I would often play music relevant to scenes in screenplays I used to write to help set the tone, for me and my characters. Cypriot songs in particular played whilst I wrote short films would transport me to the world I was creating. Music was a powerful creative tool and it’s one I return to time and time again.
Classical music is a tonic for the soul. I often play Classic FM in the morning to help ease me into the day. It’s also the ideal way to eliminate school-run stress for all the family.
Get it on in the car.
If you find it hard music playing as you write distracts you from the words on the page/screen try playing tracks before you start, selecting songs to suit your mood and the tone of your work.
Repetitive action e.g. Driving/running/ ironing.
I find inspiration often strikes when I’m mid repetitive action. I often conceive my best ideas on the treadmill. Don’t cut off from driving to write down an idea of course (stay safe) but once you’ve pulled up get it onto paper so you don’t forget it. I like to write blog post titles of my idea with a few notes in the body so I remember to return and flesh them out at a later date. It helps me be prolific.
You are more productive when you rest, recover and relax. Working in over-tired mode rarely creates the best results and whilst we’re all so busy, juggling and hustling, it’s vital to take time out even if that’s means just 20 minutes a day to do something unrelated to work that feeds your soul and restores your energy.
Yoga, painting, a walk in the countryside, a mani or some meditation using the Headspace app will allow you to garner greater results when you return to get your head down.
Take time to visit art galleries and the theatre, to read widely across all genres, to enjoy the feel of books between your hands, to feel fully immersed and inspired by the world around you and on living life. It sounds so simple but you need to live in order to write. Without experience you have nothing to write of.
Surround yourself with other creatives. People who understand, stimulate and stretch you. Those who make you ask questions, critique your work, self-reflect and inspire you to share your art with the world.