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Summary: Want to be able to turn on your creativity like a tap? You can. Follow these simple tips for ultra-creativity.
Training Your Creative Self: Five Tips for Ultra-Creativity
Copyright (c) 2002 by Angela Booth
If you knew you could be as creative as you wished, whenever you wished, what could you achieve?
Surprise --- you can be as creative as you want to be. Creativity is a state of consciousness. And here's best part --- you can access this creative state anytime.
Try modelling those whose creativity you admire. Whether you're a writer or not, you can learn from super-creative Barbara Cartland.
Barbara Cartland, prolific romance novelist, completed one romance novel a fortnight. She wrote two complete romance novels a month. That's 24 novels each year. She wrote 24 romances a year for many years, as well as writing other books. She was in a perfect partnership with her creative self.
=> Tips for Ultra-Creativity
Based on Barbara Cartland's methods, here are five tips for ultra-creativity. They work.
==> Tip One: Routine acts as a trigger to your creative state
Each afternoon, Barbara sat down on her sofa, covered herself with a rug, and dictated that day's word count to her secretary. The secretary sat on a chair behind Barbara, out of her line of sight.
The key here is that Barbara trained her creativity to perform on command.
Your creative state is a state of consciousness. It's a flow state, that you can trigger at will once you understand what it feels like.
The easiest way to trigger it is via a routine. If you use same triggers until they become a habit, accessing your creativity will be like throwing a switch.
However, changing consciousness takes a little time. When you change consciousness from wakefulness to sleep for example, as you do each night, it takes you around ten minutes to go from wakefulness to sleep.
Your triggers to changing consciousness to a state of sleep are: showering, putting on your pyjamas, climbing into bed, turning off light, wriggling until you get comfortable...
It takes around same ten minutes to change consciousness from your normal busy-busy, slightly anxious, slightly hyper everyday state of conscious, to a creative state.
====> Takeaway: changing states of consciousness takes ten minutes
When you know this, you'll stick at tasks which initially seem distasteful just that little bit longer. For example, when I'm walking, I know that at around ten minute mark, I'll start to enjoy exercise. I'll have changed my consciousness to an "exercise" state.
What do you hate to do? Or what habit do you want to break? If you're breaking a smoking habit, for example, and you really, really want a cigarette, fight craving for ten minutes, and it will dissipate.
If you're creating, stick with your creative task for ten minutes. You'll "get in mood" so to speak, at around ten or eleven minutes.