How to Flip On Your Creativity Switch
Hey, you are a creative person. But someone, sometime, flipped off your creativity switch. I want to tell you how you can flip it back on.
Here’s a very haunting quote from artist Pablo Picasso. He said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Yikes! That’s scary but so true.
It extends to the art of writing too. Children are natural storytellers, but we tend to flip off their creative switch.
It’s happened to me and it’s happened to you. So, I don’t feel like I need to tell you how to be creative. You ARE creative.
Much of what I have to say here is about getting rid of the bad things you were taught that have hindered your creativity.
I want to offer you some ideas about how you can flip your own switch and live in your original creative light all the time.
Issue #1 – Someone taught you to be critical
There was a time in your life when everything was good. Remember those fantastic drawings you made with crayons on your mom’s living room wall?
Then, mom came in and was critical of your free-spirited creativity.
You went to school in later years and they taught you more ways to be self-critical.
You remember—you thought you did great work on that paragraph about what you did on your summer vacation… but the teacher thought it was only worth a D.
You began to doubt your creative powers at a young age.
The Cure – Flip that switch!
Do it by realizing that creating and criticizing at the same time will snuff out your creative light.
Creating is a right brain activity. Creativity, at its best, is allowing your imagination to soar and capturing its flights of fancy. Being in a creative mode is like being in white-light because it’s pure, good and unaffected. The right side of the brain is a child at play.
Criticism, on the other hand, is the left brain at work. You need your left brain when you plan your book and when you revise and edit your book.
But you don’t want to criticize yourself as you write each sentence. You never want to mix right and left brain work. You will kill your creativity if you try to simultaneously create and criticize your work.
Both creativity and criticism have their place, but never try to do them at the same time.
If they would have only taught us that when we were children.
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Issue #2 – Insecurity. You are filled with self-doubt
Well, someone made you insecure. You didn’t start that way—someone had to train you.
Insecurity is a dark room. You can’t be an adventurous writer if you are trapped in that room.
Insecurity raises its ugly head in many ways in the writing process. It may spring from lack of confidence, fear of failure or a sense of being overwhelmed.
Virtually all writers have feelings of insecurity, but the big question is how to overcome them.
Cure – You flip that switch.
You can do all sorts of things, like figuring out who planted that devil seed in your mind. Or seeing a therapist. Or you could just remain defeated.
But real switch flipping — the kind that gets your childlike creativity back— is when you decide to simply be brave.
Creative people are on an adventure. If you want to suck all that is creative out of your life, you need to give up the fear-induced insecurity and simply embrace your world with courage.
Don’t sort through your personal trash each day trying to figure out why you’re insecure. Be bold and abandon your insecurities.
The creative light comes on when you make up your mind to be bold.
Issue #3 – Discouragement
Nothing crushes the spirit of a creative person more than discouragement from significant others.
If some stranger tells you you’re crazy to pursue your writing project, you can generally just sluff it off.
But if a parent, sibling, spouse or close friend tells you that you are wasting your time, it has a greater impact.
That’s a dagger to your creative heart.
In fact, it can become worse—you adopt their discouragement and it becomes a part of your own self-talk.
The Cure? That’s a switch you can flip! How?
It’s simply having the quiet conviction that you are going to see your writing project through, no matter what.
Those people who try to discourage you—who do they think they are? Losers, that’s who they are.
You don’t try to argue with people like that. You put them out of your mind.
If you are in a dark place because you’re being smothered by negative people, you flip the switch of your own vision for your work and the conviction you have that you’ll complete it.
Encourage yourself—you know what you’re doing and they don’t. Bask in the rays of creativity that come with confidence.
Most educators want children to be like them. They want children to live and think in a tiny little box of ideas.
There are others in society and they think they’re doing you a favor when they tell you to “think outside the box.”
But the joke is this—there is no box! There is only the creative switch in your own brain. Flip it on and become enlightened!