By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Writers Magazine
I do not know about you, but sometimes, I just have to sit and quiet my brain.
Shelley Carson, author of Your Creative Brain suggested, “When starting a project, take a moment to reflect. What is the subject of the piece? Who is the audience? What main idea do you want to convey?”
Do you recognize this is an interview? You are sitting down and interviewing yourself. You would be surprised at the great answers you would receive if you did this. I like doing this because I like talking to myself! Lol
Carson went on to say, “Once you’ve set creative parameters and constraints, your brain will scan your stream of consciousness for usable ideas.”
Think of it in terms of typing in a question for Google to find the answer. Just about the same process.
When asking yourself questions like this you are causing your brain to act like Google. It will search for the answers and let me tell you it comes up with great answers.
You may have to schedule you some mindless work to do while your brain is searching for the answers, you know the kind––dusting the house, cleaning out a closet, or planting flowers. You get the idea. This frees the mind to wander while the brain is working. It helps with the clutter. Eventually answers will come, just be patient if they do not come right away.