Why Creative People Need to Write
Creativity and writing are closely linked. I am not talking about “Creative Writing” – the type of imaginative writing you may have done in high school, I am talking about writing, which in turn, sparks your creativity. If you are truly a creative person, you no doubt have lots and lots of ideas swimming in your head at any given time. Perhaps you wake up and already feel so full in thought the day overwhelms you. This is where writing comes in.
Last year, I attended a women’s retreat and so much of the day involved journaling in order to bring about your hopes, wishes and best self. My putting these ideas “out there” you announce your intentions with hopes they will come back to you. I have rarely written in this journal since, however, I am constantly reading what I wrote that day as a source of inspiration.
Other creative sources, such as the popular book “The Artist’s Way” suggests waking up each morning and writing a few pages of uninterrupted thoughts and ideas, anything goes – This will just get your ideas flowing and get you thinking and your mind going for the day. Sometimes the best ideas come in the quiet moments when we unplug and give ourselves the chance to breathe, versus the moments when we are forcing creativity.
I recently stumbled upon a really cool website called 750 Words. Taking the idea from “The Artist’s Way,” this website provides a private place for you to journal each morning an helps you keep track of the amount of writing you are doing. The cool thing is, this site takes away all the bells and whistles of most sites so you can do what you came to do- Write! I personally prefer to hand write my thoughts, mostly in my “Brain Book” that goes everywhere with me. To each his own!
I am not sure if we all have time to wake up each morning and write, however, incorporating some writing into your day or even week is bound to help you become more thoughtful and creative, giving you that reflection time you crave and we never seem to get!
Do you have your best ideas when you sit to write or think in the quiet? Maybe you prefer sketching?
What gets you thinking creatively?