Thursday, February 23, 2012
Real Creative Juices- Part One of Four
It's not what you're thinking.
It's not sinful to taste the real secret of activating your creative juices. You are a writer, aren't you? You need your creative juices to flow.
Creative juices are real. When you're in the writing zone, your biochemical balance isn't the same as someone who's tying their shoelaces. When you're in creative mode you are physically different. Your system is flooded with a real mix of creative juices.
It's a mental game, say the writing courses and the workshops. It's all about theme, economy, character arc, etc. Can't go wrong with them. Kind of like as a writer you're a factory working assembling parts into an automobile. Sounded great when you were surrounded by all those other students, and there was the teacher looking at you, waiting for you to nod.
It's just you when you go home and sit down to write.
There are no machines helping you to build your story. The other people in the class aren't there either.
You're all alone.
You sit in front of the computer. You want to write, but your mind is kind of empty. More like completely blank. Something doesn't feel right. You're not in the mood. Workshops lie- it's not just a mental game, there's a physical aspect that's as important as any trope or theme. It's your creative juices. If you don't attend to your personal physical chemistry and state, great writing just won't happen.
At the workshop and in all the books you've been reading, you're supposed to come up with a theme first. They gave you a list. Or maybe it was a trope. They gave you a list of those, too.
And you even received a character trait assembly kit. Writing a really powerful story should be easy.
If only your brain would cooperate.
What if I told you that it helps to take care of your brain? What if I told you- and I was serious- that I know six recipes to jump start your brain and help put you into the writing zone?
Writers aren't factory workers mindlessly assembling stories.
We're creators, and we need our mind/ body chemistry to be in high creative gear.
Booze and drugs will burn out your brain. We don't need them. But we do need total stimulation. We need our systems to crank up their production of creative juices. Certain recipes will do that. Writers aren't supposed to know. If we did, we'd buy less books about writing and write some really good fiction.
Stick around for this series and learn with me. It's about time your creative juices started to flow.
If we're lucky, M. Farivar, M.D or Charles Gramlich, PhD might stop by and comment on this.