March 18, 2016

Keeping Ideas Flowing

By Cyci Cade

Do you want to write a book but don´t have any idea how to develop the story? Or have you already started it but, suddenly, the ideas disappeared and you don´t know how to finish it? Maybe you think that it happens to everybody; after all, who had never problems to write a chapter? It may be true, but the question is, how to solve this problem? I tried some things and they helped me very much.

I won´t talk about reading books, watching movies, looking pictures related to the work you´re doing or observing people and places, traveling… because these tips everybody knows. They help a lot, but sometimes, it´s necessary something else.

1- Imagine yourself in the place of the character – Close your eyes and imagine yourself facing the same problem; then, ask, “what  would I do, say, feel in this specific situation? How would I feel?” When you have the answer, then type the ideas. After that, it´s much easier to turn those ideas in a chapter full of emotion, action, or whatever is the intention of the chapter.

2- Eliminate all negativity – Negative beliefs, feelings, and emotions block creativity. I´ve used EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to get rid of all negativity and it´s impressive the way my creativity improved. Ideas just appear in my mind and it´s easy to accomplish all my tasks, to execute them.

3- Write in the morning – It´s proved that from 8:00 to 12:00 a.m. is the best time of the day for test-review, problem-solving, report-writing, and math-oriented work.  It happens because there are two types of memory, declarative and semantic – differently throughout the day. In the morning, our ability to recall exact details, like names, places, dates… is bigger, it´s working the declarative memory. In the afternoon, predominates the semantic memory and we have more ability for tasks like to integrate new information with what we already know.

4- Meditation – It diminishes anxiety and stress that are negative emotions and block creativity. It improves memory and increases the gray matter in the brain that contains most of the brain´s neuronal cell bodies. The gray matter also includes regions of the brain involved in sensory perception such as seeing, hearing, memory, decision making… To experience the benefits of meditation, it´s necessary regular practice, just a few minutes a day or a week.

Well, this is it. Just four tips will help you to improve your creativity and keep ideas flowing easily. 

The results will appear soon, and, with the practice, it´ll become natural. Try for a month and see the results. If it works for me, it´ll work for you.
Cyci Cade is the author of Dragon´s Curse the first book of the series Dragon Princes.  She is a Brazilian writer and started her career writing articles for magazines, newspapers, and blogs. She has books published in Brazil and she accepted a new challenge recently, to start an international career. She writes urban fantasy and fiction novels for young-adults.  When she´s not writing, she´s in the gym. She can be found:

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