If you suddenly find yourself required to work from home, the time that went into commuting to and from work can now be used to spark your inner creativity…and I have THE BEST idea for you!
How often have you thought to yourself, “I’m not creative?” Have you marveled at the creativity of young children playing, wondering where on earth they come up with these crazy ideas? Creativity doesn’t disappear completely as we get older; we simply don’t exercise it quite as much as we did as kids. If you want to spur your creative juices once again, the best way to do it is to write a book.
Of course, before you start writing the next New York Times Bestseller, prepare an outline and know what topic you’ll write about. If you’re an expert in a particular field, it makes sense to write about your expertise so your business will grow. But even if you want to test the waters with a fictional novel, approach writing a book with a plan.
Here are just a few ways you can unlock your hidden creative genius by writing a book:
1. Use the brain dump method to empty your mind.
Research shows that multitasking actually diminishes productivity, so instead of trying to write your book while all these other ideas are swimming around, just start writing everything down. And I mean EVERYTHING, including calling the dog groomer for an appointment to calling the pharmacy for a refill. Whatever is taking up space in your brain should be on that paper. Try out my free Brain Dump and Weekly Schedule Worksheets – both are receiving rave reviews as a tool to help you more effectively manage your time.
Now that you’ve released these thoughts onto paper, focus solely on writing your book. You’ll discover the writing process is easier when you’re able to focus on just one task instead of one hundred.
2. Pop the creativity cork to release other ideas.
So often we get stuck with one idea in our minds and it’s hard to concentrate on anything else. Release that one big idea into a book…then pay attention to other creative ideas that surface afterward. There’s a subconscious reason why you can’t move past your book idea and focus on other things; it’s your brain’s way of telling you to follow through and see where it takes you. When your book is complete and you have some time to relax is often when you’ll get your next inspiration.
3. Writing itself is a creative problem-solving process.
When was the last time you made a pros/cons list to help you make a decision? Or a to-do list to track your daily tasks? Or mind mapping to illustrate the growth of your business? These are simple examples of how writing is used to solve problems. Writing out the details of our problem allows us to clarify exactly what has to happen when and it’s then easier to see connections and solutions to these problems.
4. Practice makes perfect.
Even if you’re not aiming for perfection, this old adage holds true. The more you write, the easier the process becomes. [bctt tweet=”Writing content for your audience becomes easier with practice and ample research that allows you to know what your audience is seeking. ” username=”@kimsbuchanan”]
5. Embrace the idea of learning something new daily.
The best books are those that are well researched, so embrace that research phase to spur your creativity. Discover new facts, new resources, or new theories. Carry this idea over into your personal life and mix up your daily routines to try new things. Explore your surroundings, take a more scenic route home from the gym, or explore a new town you randomly choose from a map. Your brain will thank you for making it work differently, simply because you mixed things up.
Creativity is hidden inside each of us. The big question is… are you going to access your creativity and use it to create a business you love so you can begin to yield great rewards? If you are inspired and interested in starting your journey to becoming a published author, take a moment to answer these few questions so I can give you the information you really need to move forward and write your book.