Mental training

Since being creative brings up so much fears and doubts- it is bound to happen-having a mental training regime might me a good idea. Learning self hypnosis from a CD or similar is a good first skill set. It also helps with relaxation, which is a really good tool to have when you are stressing yourself out over situations, deadlines, etc. You may also find one or two creative solutions in this relaxed state. It balances the relation between the right and left brain, creating a hotbed for the creative powers within.

Being in a constant state of writer´s block

…Is not necessarily a bad thing. It means you are constantly and abundantly creating, which constantly and abundantly a generating new questions and pathways. If you reframe your relationship with the block, and have a healthy relationhip with deadlines, etc, you can be constantly in tune with the creative flow that is also constantly happening.

 

Are you stuck in a rut?

A lot of writers, comedians and musicians come into their craft as a voice for something in their past. It could be anger they are carrying, sadness, a trauma. Nothing wrong with turning this into something positive. But when you get credited for being the angry guy, it solidifies that character, especially if you are getting paid, and/or have other people expecting you to create more of it.

This can actually create more of a block in life, and it is not a very creative process in itself. Life gets anti-creative, and you get stuck in a rut more than anything else. So be first and foremost the author to your own life.

Kiss the right side of your brain

Creativity is not always celebrated in our society. It means breaking the norms, and creating new ways. This challenges the status quo, and will create some friction with the surrounding world, in various forms and doses. You need to be the one offering yourself  the nurturing assistance needed to make room for your creativity. You can actually kiss the right side of your brain and do something creative with your life. But you will first and foremost be the one reaffirming the validity of your path

Deadlines are dead lines

Creative pressure can be a good thing, but deadlines can also put artificial stress on your creation, cutting it of from its true context. Have your ever put a deadline on the birth of a baby? Ok, it has quite established time frame, but i think you get my point. You never really know what the nine months for your specific project is, and you don´t want to force your creation out in the world without all its organs in place.

What the time frame is you can only intuitively know, it doesn´t necessarily follow the same clock as the outer pressure that may be imposed on it from the outside by your or other people. Let your baby come out when it is time. This is not the same as procrastinating. Have you ever procratinated giving birth to a baby?

 

Are you in a creative environment?

Creative chaos in all its glory, a bit of feng shui might be what you really need for your creativity to grow. Having your room fresh and in order helps the birthing of new ideas. Make sure it is fresh and clean, without being to tidy. If its not, clean it and notice how the result affects your mind. I tend to be sloppy with it, even though i know the benefits. After i clean, i always notice some kind of shift, even if it is just stress that gets released.

Colours also affect the creativity in positive ways, so make sure to have colours around you that you like.

Learn to focus

Learning to focus is a good quality to enhance your creativity.  It is very much needed to have the kind of monk like focus that creates flow, an intense state of focus on a task, that brings all your capabilities into play.

Learn how to meditate. Look up trataka, an intense concentration building exercise. This will also help you stay focused in disturbing environments, helping you own your own focus in the chaotic world we live in.

 

Soften your focus

The creative process is full of paradox. On one hand you need to focus intensely on a task and be able to concentrate. On the other hand, you need to learn to soften your focus, to open yourself to a wider broadband of ideas, since you in fact are creating something new. Being receptive to a wider range of inner perceptions is needed to open up to the unknown parts of the creative process. Your are stepping into unknown territory, be careful not to claim that you know everything.

Learning the art of detachement is equally important as learning the art of focus. They are the yin and the yang of the creative process.

Take a break

Sometimes a bit of detachment is useful, and the hardest part is walking away from a problem, or a frustrating part of the project. But if you step away, to another part of the room for just 30 minutes, you will often find that the situation is reframed when you return to it.

Just walk away from it for a while, play pool, a video game, hang out with friends, jut enough to detach from the problem at hand. Learn to incorporate this strategy into your creative process instead of banging your head against the wall.

Who in the band are you?

Often co-creation is an important part of the creative process. But we can get stuck in our roles. Sometimes it is needed to go solo. Creativity is also about breaking old patterns, and while you might be Ringo in one creative context, you could be Paul in another.

Have you tried to step out of the known context to discover who you really are?