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Silence

Silence opens the door to Creative Flow

It is only in the last year, as I have embarked on my spiritual Soul journey, that I have heard time and time again that to connect with our creative flow, we need to step back, slow down and be open to the Universe.

Now, I don’t know about you, but this sounded extremely strange to my mind.   I failed to see how doing nothing could provide the solutions or insights needed to undertake a task.   I was used to working hard to get things done with the instilled ethos – keep working away to get results.   This new method was alien to me.

However, if nothing, I am curious.   When something is brought to my attention three times (thank you Universe) I sit up and pay attention.  And so it was with this concept, I decided to test the theory for myself.   There was something appealing about easing up and allowing the answers or creative ideas to flow to me. 

So what happened?

Well, I decided that it warranted further investigation and did some further research into this approach.   My findings were quite interesting, and really quite rewarding.

The all-important step was to learn how to embrace the “silence”, and there are 3 methods I tried out:

1) Meditation

2) Mundane/routine tasks

3)  Time in Nature

Calm the Mind with Meditation

More and more we are reading and seeing meditation integrating into our mainstream way of living.  For example, Yoga and many other fitness and spiritual disciplines utilizes meditation.   It has been proven that allowing the mind to enter a quiet state, allows the mind to think more clearly and the body to de-stress.  

 

People who meditate regularly often say they receive solutions or creative ideas in this calm mind state.   It would seem that whilst the mind is clear of all the noise and clutter –  open it to receiving new insights.  

 

Even Einstein proclaimed that opening the mind was the way for ideas to be generate.

The Power of Mundane Tasks

Another way to allow the brain space to work, is to do boring mundane tasks.   Many creative geniuses, including a few well-known bestselling authors, have managed to create great works while still working their day-jobs.  

Many have found that doing routine tasks frees up the creative side of the brain.   Routine tasks occupies the ‘Left Brain’ and creates space for the creative ‘Right Brain’.  I know that while doing ironing my mind goes off on a tangent and soon it is a buzz with thoughts and ideas.   I must admit, as I am writing my first fiction book, I see the storyline with characters appearing in movie-style screens in my mind.    So often doing some mundance household tasks ends up juicing up my writer’s mind.  I just need to make sure I allow time to sit down and write it all down.

Time in Nature

Walking in Nature is also a great way to clear your head and as you focus on the moment, taking in the beauty around you – your mind will use the silence to formulate ideas.    Many creative souls include a walk as part of their daily routine.  

 

My Conclusions

The results have been extremely supportive, and I enjoy the peace and calm each method brings.   I cannot say that one method is better than the other.  It totally depends on the individual.   I find that a mixture of all methods work well – one day I might enjoy a soul-boosting walk, the next a quiet meditation, and even ironing has prompted useful insights.

As the adage says “Silence is Golden”, and it certainly can be for writers.

Make time for SILENCE in your day – you too will be surprised at the results.

 

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Writing on the Go

Time to Break Free From Your Writing Desk

This week I had to go up to Zürich, some 2 hours by train from where I live in the mountains.   Now, usually when I make this journey, it is often early (and I mean early, I get up at 04.30!), as I normally accompany my husband on one of his days working in town.  The time on the train is usually whiled away listening to an audio book, or catching up on a Netflix series (right now I am enjoying the exploits of Captain Janeway and her crew on the USS. Voyager).

However, this week it has hit home to me just how much work I need to do to get my book ready for release later this year – I have realized to meet my deadline, I need to utilize all available time, and that includes long periods of time away from my desk.

On the train I ended up using the time to do a read through of the last piece I had written.   It was great as there were no interruptions and indeed many of my fellow commuters where also working, as many were students.  I managed to make some notes for improvements for when I come to the editing phase, as well as correcting some typos and several sentences that did not read well.    It also helped to refresh my memory all ready to pick up and continue with the next section.

 

Writer’s Café

In town, I had some time to kill before my appointment, so I visit a lovely café near the Opera House in Bellevue, where I enjoyed a coffee and spent just shy of two hours writing.   It was bliss.  I was happy to have company around me, creating a sort of “white noise” around me and I am sure it helped with my creative flow.   Sometimes I get more distracted by the overwhelming silence around me in my mountain hide-away.

Writer Cafe

Next stop, as I needed to stretch my legs and to recharge my laptop, I ended up at a Starbucks coffee shop (yes, we have a few around in Zürich, and I will admit I do enjoy their Cafe Latte).  Knowing where to find that all-needed power supply is a must, particularly if you are away from home for some hours.

Once I was all plugged in, I had a short break to enjoy my Latte and to people watch.   I am inately curious about people and find watching their behaviour and interactions extremely interesting.   In my mind I make my stories about them and who they are meeting and why.   I am sure if some of the people only knew what my imagination was generating, they would be surprised, if not shocked.   This is a great creative “improvisation” exercise, and sometimes it just provides you with an idea you will run with in your future writings.

 

Literary Light Luncheon

After Starbucks, it was time for a light lunch, and a location I often frequent during my days out in Zurich – Jemoli (a high-end department store in the heart of Bahnhofstrasse).   For me it is a safe haven, where I can grab a tasty lunch at affordable prices, there are toilets on hand and it offers another useful place to do more people-watching.   Alas, the only drawback is there are no power plugs.  I guess if they did put them in, then people like me (writers, business people and students) would really outstay their welcome.

 

Creative Progress

In the end, it proved to be a productive day. I managed to write a further 4,000+ words, and read through a previous section, as well as pick up a few character ideas.  Not on only did I boost my word count, but I had a notebook at hand and managed to save a few ‘golden nugget’ ideas before they vanished into the ether.  (One of my top writer’s tips – always have a notebook and pen at hand!)

In conclusion, I found that ‘writing on the go’ was rewarding and quite easy to accommodate with some forethought and a little planning.   I now am wiling to accept that as a writer, I don’t need to be confined to one location. I look forward to my next outing and I would encourage you too to grab your laptop and/or notebook and head out for a change of scenery.  You never know how it might inspire you and encourage your creative flow.

I would love to hear your “writing-on-the-go experiences”.

 

 

 

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