Writing an article doesn?t just mean putting down thoughts into words then
typing and writing it. You have to capture the interest of your readers and get
them to keep on reading. To send your message across you have to command the
attention of the reader explode their interest and ignite their imagination.
The main ingredient in baking up an article is a large dose of creativity. While
creativity may come natural to many people, some get writers block and just
can?t seem to get their minds in gear. Many writers have literally torn their
hair out when they get writers block. But there is a safe and effective way to
get that fountain of words flowing.
Converting words into images in the readers mind is an art. A clear and crisp
depiction of an idea requires a certain flair to make it come alive. It has been
said that the imagination is the Mother of creativity. In the imagination of the
writer the idea is born, and the imagination of the reader is stimulated
thereby. So we must build a total environment ie, physical and mental, that
encourages the imagination,that mighty engine of ideas, to come forth and
manifest. The strategic use of Similes and metaphors are devices that are born
of and fostered by dynamic creativity. The creative process generates an idea
and then guides it and nurtures it sentence by sentence then paragraph by
paragraph until it?s eventual end is a full blown thought provoking, emotion
stirring , gut ripping get out and take action article.
So just what do you have to do when nothing comes to mind? There are no surefire
ways to get the perfect idea. No one knows when it might strike. But there are
easy ways to get your creative juices flowing. No one can guarantee you of
having the perfect mind set but many methods may aid you in achieving that state
of mind. Here are five easy ways to accomplish that .
1) Keep a diary or a journal or micro-recorder with you always. Ideas can be
triggered by anything you may hear, see, or smell. Your senses are your radar in
finding great ideas. Record all of them and file them away for future reference.
You may also write down anything that you have read or heard, someone?s ideas
could be used to develop your own ideas and this is not stealing. Remember that
ideas and creativity can come from anywhere; it?s the development of the idea
that makes it unique.
2) Relax and take time to sort things out. A jumbled mind contains no space for
new ideas.Everyone must have a clear mind if one wishes to have their creative
engine go full bore.Let go of all of the problems and concerns of the day. If
you are bothered by something, you cannot force your mind to stay focused.
Try to relax,and think about your positive experiences and interactions with
others. Your experiences are what shape your mindset and your opinions which
could be reflected in 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 as grist for the mill of idea generation.
3) Create a working place that can inspire your creativeness. Your working place
can be a hindrance if it doesn?t make you feel happy or relaxed. Creativity
comes from being in a calm and positive state of mind, and a disorderly working
environment can throw a wrench into the creative process. And while anger can
stimulate ideas, actually converting those ideas into a logical flow of text
requires a calm focused mind.
Populate your work place with objects that make you happy and relaxed. You may
put up pictures, or scents, objects that inspire, or anything that can provide a
proper framework within which the process of creativity may flourish. A well
organized and ordered workplace limits distractions and hindrances. With a good
working space, your mind can literally take flight into the realm of ideas.
4) Set the mood. A properly constructed workspace is part of the process of
setting the mood , but you can go further. Don?t cringe, but a 10 minute jaunt
around the block can have beneficial effects on your overall frame of mind. The
increased level of oxygen in the blood and the increased flow of blood to the
brain that exercise produces,can stimulate the brain in positive ways. Perhaps a
sip of wine or a cup of your favorite coffee could do the trick. Caffeine is a
powerful stimulant. My favorite is a double mocha latte!
5) Go on a getaway and just do something crazy. Not too crazy. But just enough
to loosen the restraints we place on ourselves daily. Letting yourself go and
having fun produces adrenaline that can cause the imagination to go wild. Do
something different.Take the long way home one day. You just might see something
that triggers that million dollar idea. Try getting out of bed on the opposite
side a few times. The drudgery of every day life has stifled many a budding
artist or writer.But by the same token, that very drudgery, if viewed properly,
can serve as an impetus to amazing intellectual and creative achievement.
Now get in there and write that article!.
Jerry Johnson is the owner and operator of
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