This is a guide to being creative; on doing stuff that matters. These points will clear your head, make you awesome and help you do something incredible. Follow them to the letter, and then just create.
16. Watch a TED talk, BigThink interview or something similar. Read some more of lifeofbrybry.com
One of my favourite TED talks:
http://www.ted.com/talks/young_ha_kim_be_an_artist_right_now.html - for those who are reading this in email.
15. Let your imagination run wild with the future you want to live.
How rich do you want to be? What do you want your kids to talk you about in 10 years? What people do you want to meet, what places do you want to see? Write these down.
14. Get a piece of paper and actually write with a pen.
Get a pen you will only use for telling stories. I have a fountain pen for such an occasion. Make it a ‘thing’ to use the pen for stories and nothing else. Find a manual way of doing something, before computers people were creating so much with their hands and simple instruments. The PC is just a tool.
13. Do something important, like cleaning dishes. When finished, come back and write something.
It will get you up, get you working, and free your mind of chores, and if you are a little bit of clean freak, it will appease you.
12. Clear your desk, make it tidy.
Clear the clutter. Scrap all the paper you don’t absolutely need. Move those pesky devices you only use once every year. Optimise. Make it clean and lovely and non-chaotic.
11. Change your clothing. Wear less layers or more. Change your shoes.
Too hot? Take something off. Get comfortable, you are going to be here a while.
10. Change where you are sitting. Make a quick stand up desk with three basic ikea tables, or some other arrangement.
For me, couches are terrible for productivity. You slouch and end up looking at Youtube videos. Try something different than what you are used to.
9. Have a shower, go to the toilet. DON’T BRING YOUR PHONE IN WITH YOU.
I have an idea nearly every time I leave the shower. It can’t be just me, so try it out. Then immediately write down the idea.
8. Have something to eat.
You can’t do anything without food. Just don’t eat trying to be happy, eat because you are hungry. Hell be creative with what you eat. Try something new.
Boiled eggs are some of my favourites – quick, easy, low in fat, high in protein, and they taste awesome.
7. Turn your email off, remove distractions.
Turn off push notifications. They are the worse invention of the last 10 years. Do email, facebook, twitter and other social networks in batches, leave enough time for creativity.
Breath. Take a huge breath in, and a huge breath out. Relax. You’re not writing The Brothers Karamazov, you’re writing a sentence.
5. Change your opinion.
No one cares. No one sees your first draft. Don’t be a perfectionist. What you write won’t be golden but it also won’t be crap.
4. Exercise and go outside
Walk, run, exercise. Do things that will entertain your brain, then come back and start writing. 15-20 minutes should be the duration you are looking for. Do it in any way. Just do it outside.
3. Write a piece of dialogue first.
Write if someone is speaking. Write the last conversation down you had with someone. Leave it without quotation marks for a moment, you want the essence of the talk, not correctness.
2. Write randomly.
Write like this. I’m thinking if i write this that people will like me and i hope its good but it seems to be going on on on but then should I edit it but no, but remember that hamburger i had for lunch I wonder if the industry is making people fatter. I should do an ebook on hamburgers and their calorie content.
Then edit like a boss. You will probably gain something from 5% of what you wrote, but that is enough to start an entire piece.
1. Grab a story, read it, and make extra dialogue for the characters.
Buy, get, acquire a book you love and get immersed in the story. Could be even more helpful if it’s something you have written yourself.
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT
Give yourself time.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Apple didn’t invent the Macbook in a few minutes. Lord of the Rings wasn’t written on a train.
It takes time to be creative, time to think of things outside of this world, that haven’t been invented, created or thought about yet. Use that to your advantage.
If you have trouble being creative, I would love to help you. Either contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tell me your creativity problem in the comments.