Willing yourself to sit there until you write something is not always the answer. Consider that time you had a brilliant idea in the shower. When presented with a problem, your subconscious will continue to brainstorm even if you're doing something else. Why not take advantage of that? One way to unlock your creative mind is to step away from that desk and engage the visual arts..
Remember when the teacher used to reprimand you for doodling in class? Hosh Posh! Doodle away. Both the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post recognize the power of doodling. Let your doodles morph into a loose sketch if you want. Doodling is like a walking meditation with your pen. Sit in a comfortable spot with some paper, a writing utensil, and take a deep breath. Clear your mind and concentrate on the movement of your hand as it moves across the page. Acknowledge thoughts that come to your mind, perhaps jotting down individual words or phrases, then release the thought to make room for others. Doodling can release the pressure of generating ideas and turning them into words.
Another excellent way to engage the creative mind is through photo images. No experience necessary. You’re not trying to produce award winning photography for National Geographic. You’re just looking for images that will inspire ideas. Grab your digital camera (or even your cell phone) and click away. Can you find a story you didn’t see before? Try keeping an Instagram journal that you can refer to when you need a writing prompt. In fact, your computer is probably full of images just waiting to be animated by your imagination. Try digital collage software to organize images into creative themes or storyboards. Don’t underestimate old school collage, either. The tactile experience of flipping through glossy magazines and cutting out images can be meditative as well.
Similar to collage, scrapbooking and art journaling can help you move from a visual narrative to a written one. Both scrapbooking and art journaling allow you to juxtapose color, texture and image to tell a story. Like freewriting, these activities are usually free flowing endeavors limited only by the supplies at hand. Let your subconscious go to work for you, but keep a notepad close by. You’re going to want to jot down all of the random ideas that come to mind.
Like the other visual arts, there is a meditative quality to the production of a painting. Allow yourself to clear your mind and focus on the brush strokes. Experiment with shapes, textures, and colors. As you paint, you may experience a daydreamlike state. That’s a good thing! Again, capture the thoughts that come to mind then release them. If you need something a little more portable, oil pastels can mimic the textures and blending of painting without all the tubes, palettes, and brushes.
Have you tried any of these methods? How well do they work for you? Leave a comment bellow.