How to get your creative juices flowing

You’ve heard the expression, “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” You need to use the creative side of your brain every day so you don’t lose your creative powers. I speak from experience.

I wrote my ass off each day for two years while earning a Master’s in Journalism at NYU. After all, journalism school is all about writing. As a result, my creative juices were flowing. Overtime. But after the master’s program ended, there was no outlet for my creative skills. I wasn’t able to fill a big empty space inside me. As a result, I felt disappointed and frustrated because I was experiencing writing withdrawal.I had become as addicted to a writing habit as I had to a smoking habit years before. However, writing is a healthy addiction like exercise. And working out had also became a habit.

How did I get my creative juices flowing again? By exercising my brain first thing each morning. I made an appointment with myself to write something, anything, creative for five minutes.

How can you get your creative juices flowing? Whatever line of work you’re in, a short brain workout each day should do the trick. I’ve known artists who start the day by exercising their visual muscles as they take a few moments to draw quick sketches. Bob Eastman, who headed a radio representative company bearing his name, kept his creative selling juices flowing by reading a few pages of an inspirational book each morning before starting work.

Some fiction writers exercise their muscles of the imagination by jotting down descriptions of scenes in their notebooks. Some writers, like myself, often use a technique called “rapid writing.” Whenever I allow my creative juices to take a vacation, I sit in front of a keyboard for five minutes to capture any thoughts that come to mind. Sometimes, I let my mind free-flow on an idea that needs development or a problem that needs to be solved. Spelling and grammar don’t matter here. Only writing down whatever comes to mind. The ideas or solutions I’m seeking are almost always found within the free-flowing writing I’ve just performed.

Solving crossword puzzles, studying languages online, and reading books are other ways to get your creative juices flowing. When it comes to reading, a study by Emory University showed that reading a novel causes physical changes in the brain. As you follow fictional characters through their adventures, your brain functions are strengthened. Because your brain controls your body, the benefits of mental exercises are also physical.

The story about how my creative juices dried up after graduate school ended and how I got those juices flowing again almost repeated itself recently. I had finished writing a book about how to find jobs and manage careers. While waiting a month for my editor’s comments, I needed a writing outlet to keep those juices flowing.

That’s when I decided to build and start hosting this website to provide the same kind of  job finding and career coaching to Internet readers as I have done in my recently published book, “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.” Click here for more information about the book and to order from Amazon.com.

Copyright © 2016 by Ransom Place

About the Author

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RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.