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 juices. 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 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, repeated itself recently. I finished writing a book about job finding a couple of months ago. I had nothing to write about while waiting for five weeks while my editor’s comments.
The creative juices began flowing again when I decided to build a website—www.yourcareer service.com—to provide the same kind of job finding and career coaching to Internet readers as I have in my soon-to-b-published book.
So writing is one of the ways that I keep my creative juices flowing. How about you? Please comment on your experiences. We’d love to publish them here in Your Career Service.
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