Methods to Keep Creativity Flowing
I find this quote from Voltaire delightful. Isn't it lovely?
Everyone in the arts, including hobbyists, needs to feed their creativity. I've recently started writing a new novel. It's not one I had planned on writing, but this story has totally fired my creativity. This blast of creative energy is exciting!
When I think of creativity, I think of The Creator. As creative believers we get to hang onto these glorious truths:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
“So God created human beings in his own image.” Genesis 1:27a
God is the ultimate Creator, and He fashioned us in His image. When I look at it that way, my creativity is seen as an extension of my relationship with God and a component of my personality. I’m creative because God created me that way.
Are you in the middle of a project? If so, here are some methods to keep your creativity flowing:
Keep yourself spiritually charged. Remember Who your writing partner is. He who has called you will be faithful.
Pray about your writing.
Write a prayer about your project, asking God for anointing, creativity, exact words, and ideas.
Be consistent with your writing time. Write daily or create a calendar to block off time to write.
Keep a file of snippets you want to include in your project. This could consist of links for research, memes that are appropriate to what your character might say or think, pictures that inspire the setting, and memories.
Invest in your health. Go for a walk, hop on a treadmill—just get moving. Your imagination won’t work at maximum capacity if your brain is sluggish.
Read a great book. Sometimes reading great writing gives you the itch to write yourself.
Write on, friends! I'll leave you with a benediction from C.S. Lewis:
The splendor, the love, the strength of God be upon us.