Forcing creativity.

5 Feb

I was supposed to blog yesterday. Blogging three days a week translates to Monday, Wednesday, Friday, but I was a little heartbroken after the Super Bowl, and waking up Monday morning in a cloud of despair, I ended up in “novel mode” all day and lost track of time. What is it about being a little emotionally charged that helps you write?

Creativity is elusive. There are rare occasions when creativity strikes without prodding, but this is about as common as finding that lone sock you’re missing. It happens every now and then, but you’re probably better off just buying some new socks.

So, if you aren’t feeling a little emotionally charged or “in the creative mood,” you’ve got to force it a little.

It’s like when you’re in your sweats, settled in with a Law and Order marathon and some kind of dinner from the microwave on a Friday night, and a friend calls and invites you out. You’re not just going to hop up and go. You’ve got to give yourself a little pep-talk. And by pep-talk, you’ve got to make yourself feel super pathetic for watching four-plus hours of Detective Stabler and Benson…and for wearing sweat pants…and for eating from plastic on a Friday night (although I always eat microwave meals from real dishes; it really classes them up). You’ve got to get up and make yourself a little cocktail. You’ve got to put on some music. You’ve got to force it a little.

And for the most part, you’ve got to force creativity a little to get yourself going.

Get some coffee, find the right space, put on some music (maybe some Beethoven instead of Beyoncé in this case), and just work until it flows. Not flowing? Bring out the big guns and watch some videos of animals rescuing or being reunited with their owners. That might kick-start your emotional charge a little. But be careful, you just want to open up your emotions, not add a baby Clydesdale element to your story. But seriously, after Sunday, doesn’t everyone want to raise a baby Clydesdale, send him off to Budweiser school, and then reunite with him years later at a parade. I’m getting teary-eyed just thinking about it. Time to get back to the novel.



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