Ever notice that sometimes the technical reports that require precision, detail, and research are easier than the creative pieces that offer you more freedom?
If you’ve experienced this, you’re the victim of creative damming. Not a biblical damning, but something that’s blocking your creative flow. That’s why the things that require no creativity seem to sometimes write themselves.
Seems backwards, right? The creative stuff, the articles and posts that can go anywhere you want them to… those are the ones that should be easy.
The problem? You’re probably blocking your own creative flow with your own internal dialog. Here are the mental mantras that may be keeping your right brain chained by the left, and stopping your best thoughts before they reach your screen…
“Black and white, wrong and right…”
If some variation of this is bothering you, you’re a victim of all or nothing thinking. In creative writing, there is more often than not, a complete lack of anything definite. The glory of creative writing is that anything goes, and if something is locked into a black or white category, you severely limit the direction you can take your thoughts.
Most people have a problem with uncertainty, and insist on pigeon-holing everything. If you can explore gray areas, you’ll actually have the advantage over many of your peers… your work will certainly stand out if it’s exploring areas that most blog writers are afraid of.
“I’m just not that creative…”
Yes. You are.
Even the most left-brained, inside-the-box, thinker is capable of imagination. We all read fairy tales at some point in our lives… even if we quickly turned in favor of biographies and scientific theory.
It doesn’t matter what we prefer, what we’re accustomed to, or what we think is best, it doesn’t change the fact that the human brain is capable of creativity. Use yours and quit telling yourself you can’t.
“That’s not exactly in my area…”
It doesn’t matter what your job is, you’re probably capable of a lot of things that aren’t in your job description. Even if you’re comfortable with your “norm,” try reaching out and expanding on it just a bit sometimes.
Just jumping a little bit outside your box can cause all kinds of great creative material, so branch out and see where it takes you.
“If it’s fun, then it’s not work…”
This is the economy that’s conditioned you to believe that if you don’t hate your job, you’re doing something wrong. We all hear the “myths” of those people who love what they do… and believe that they’re either not doing “real work” or they’re enjoying pharmaceutical help to enjoy themselves.
Guess what? Those people are real, and if you’re a writer who enjoys writing, then you’re obviously doing something right.
Stop second-guessing your good fortune, give yourself credit for a job well done in an enjoyable field, and just do what you want. Enjoy that fact that you’re one of those few lucky souls who can work and play at the same time.
“That’s just not practical…”
Some article writers are hung up on trying to be believable, offering a feasible explanation for their ideas. If something isn’t practical, they give up on the idea.
Let me point you back up to the title of this article… see the word “creative” up there anywhere? Creative means you can write about whatever you damn well please, regardless of how practical it is.
Do you think Tolkien got hung up on practicality? If he’d worried about that, there would have been enough rings to go around, the power of these rings would have been evenly distributed, and we would have had a lovely story about a Hobbit romance and a wizard setting off fireworks (carefully, of course)… that no one would have read.
“It has to be this way, that’s the rule…”
If we all liked to follow all the rules, none of us would be working from home, freelancing in our pajamas…
Put simply, blog posts that follow the rules don’t get much attention.
Surprise people, shock them, even offend them and you will have a post that gets passed around. Breaking a few rules now and then is what separates the creative writers from the typists.
“That’s not politically correct…”
Again, you’ll attract more attention and gain a bigger readership if you shake things up a bit. Who cares what the mainstream opinion on legal weed is? Write about what YOU think it should be. Give YOUR opinion.
If it’s not politically correct, someone will be sure to mention it in your comments… you can rebut… and send your blog post viral with the sheer number of people that show up to argue about it.
“It has to make perfect sense…”
Alice. Mad Hatter. “Off with his head!!” Contrariwise and a white rabbit late for tea.
None of it made a bit of sense. It came to be one of the most read creative writing pieces ever put to paper.
I rest my case.