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==> Tip Two: You can't get there from here
Barbara never set limits on her creativity. She had her routine, and she knew that accessing her creativity was as simple as turning on a tap.
You don't know what you'll produce in a creative state until you produce it. So you get into creative state by using your triggers, and you start to work --- write, paint, design --- and your creativity surprises you.
But you need to know that your creative inspirations aren't accessible to you in another state. You need to get into creative state first.
The feelings of: "I'm not creative", "I don't feel in a creative mood", "I'm too tired/ sick/ stressed to work" belong to your normal state of consciousness. Ignore these thoughts, and feelings of discomfort which accompany them. Then get into your creative state via your triggers, and what you produce will amaze you.
==> Tip Three: Command your subconscious mind (intend)
Whenever she finished a novel, Barbara said that that night she would tell her subconscious mind: "Tomorrow we begin a new book. Get it ready."
The next day, she'd sit on sofa, cover herself with her rug, and begin to dictate her new book. Yep, as easily as that.
Your subconscious responds to words spoken aloud. So if you want to write an article, tell yourself out loud (in private might be best) "At eight tonight I am writing a new article. Get idea ready.")
==> Tip Four: Negative thoughts are just thoughts --- replace them with positive feelings
Barbara Cartland understood value of positive feelings.
Developing ability to feel positive about yourself starts with recognizing when your thinking is negative.
Thoughts are like waves on ocean. The ocean produces waves, your mind produces thoughts. Thoughts lead to emotions. You can't stop your thoughts, but you can refuse to buy into them.
Noticing your thoughts, especially recognizing negative thoughts, is a major achievement. It takes a while to realize when you're thinking negatively, because for most of us, negative thinking comes more easily than feeling positive.
When negative thoughts discourage you, replace them with a positive feeling. Think of something you love: going to movies, pizza, puppies. Think how you feel when you see a puppy.
Encourage that feeling in yourself. When a negative though intrudes, immediately switch to thoughts of a movie, pizza or a puppy, whatever makes you feel good.
==> Tip Five: Do what you love. It matters
Barbara loved to write romance. That made it easy for her to be creative.
When you enjoy what you're doing, it will come through in your work. Loving what you do helps you to be creative, and ensures that you don't burn out.
Therefore, choose creative work that you enjoy.
Good luck with these techniques. The more of them you can apply each day, more you'll train yourself to be creative on command.
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Australian author, journalist and copywriter Angela Booth has been writing professionally for over twenty years. She writes business books and copy for businesses.