Writing an article does not simply mean putting down one’s thoughts into words then typing out the words on a computer. You, the writer, must capture and hold the interest of your readers and get them to keep on reading to the end and maybe even get them to take an action at the end of their reading. To get your message across you need to grab the attention of the reader, have a firm grasp of their interest and intrigue them.
The main ingredient in baking up an article is a large dose of creativity. While creativity may come naturally to some people, many would-be writers drive themeselves half crazy becasue they get a mental block that stops their creativity dead in its tracks. Many writers have metaphorically torn their hair out when they get writers block and just can not get their creative juices flowing.
Putting words into images in the readers mind is an art. A clear and crisp depiction requires a certain flair that only creativity can provide. Similes and metaphors help a lot, but the way an article gets built word by word, sentence by sentence and then paragraph by paragraph into a whole article requires a creativity that has to be carefully fostered and developed.
So just what do you have to do when nothing comes to mind? There are no surefire ways to get the perfect idea but there are easy ways to get your creative juices flowing. No one can guarantee you having the perfect mindset when you sit down to write but many methods may aid you in achieving that state of mind.
Here are five easy ways to get your creative mind working.
1) Always keep a diary or a journal with you. Ideas can be triggered by anything you might remember, hear, see, or smell. Your senses are your radar to find great article ideas. Write all your ideas into a journal and keep it with you for future reference. You may also write down something that you have read or heard, someone else’s ideas might be used to develop your own writing – this is not stealing or plagiarism! Remember that ideas and creativity can come from anywhere; it’s your development of your idea that makes it unique to you.
2) Relax and take some time to sort things out. A jumbled mind cannot create any space for new ideas. Writers must have a clear mind if they wish to have their creativity in full flood. Get rid of all obstacles that can hinder your creativity. If you are bothered by something, you cannot force your mind to stay focused.
Try to relax every time that you can and think about your experiences and interactions with others. Your experiences are what shape your mindset and your opinions which could be reflected on your writings. Try to discover yourself, find out what triggers your emotions. Discover what inspires you and what ticks you off. You can use these emotions to help you in expressing yourself and your ideas, with this you can grow creatively.
3) Create a working place that can inspire your creativeness. Your working place can be quite a hindrance if it doesn’t make you feel happy or relaxed. Creativity comes from being in a good state of mind and a messed up workplace that causes distraction won’t be conducive in firing up your creative flow.
Surround your working place with objects that makes you happy and relaxed. You may put up pictures, or scents, objects that inspire, or anything that can get your creativeness cranking. A clean and well organized workplace also rids of distractions and unwanted hindrances. With a good working place, you can work in peace and never notice the time pass by.
4) Set the mood. Setting the mood requires you to just go with the moment or to induce your self to feeling what makes your mind works best. Finding out what makes you tick could help you find ways to get your creative juices flowing. Set the pace and tempo for your mood and everything else will follow.
There are many ways to set the mood. Some writers have been known to use alcohol, a little sip of wine to stir up the imagination. Some would like some mood music while others let the lighting of the environment create the mood.
5) Go on a break, even if for just a few hours and just do something crazy. Letting yourself go and have fun produces adrenaline that can help your imagination run wild. Take an adventure or a solemn hike. Whatever it is that is a break from your daily routine can take you out of the rut of your normal schedule. In no time at all, your creativity will make use of that experience and get your imagination to go into overdrive.
So, there you go, five ways to get the juices flowing – most importantly though remember that good writing flows from a good mental attitude. All the techniques above are about improving mental attitude.
Who knows, taking a break from yourself and your routine might help more than just your writing, some of my best business ideas have come when I have been taking a little break from life and working on my own mind.