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Soaking, Yeasting, Creativity Takes Time

LifeDev, a blog with the nifty tag line “Empowering Creative People,” has an article called: Letting It Soak: A Success Strategy for Projects Needing Creativity

It uses dishwashing as the metaphore and it works. I find that any and all new writing projects need soak time, or what I call yeasting. It takes some time, and for me often a hot shower or two, for a writing project to gel.

The article details several steps, all of which I use except the discuss cycle. Well, I guess I use that one too in my discussions with the client, but I rarely talk much about the actual writing with others. 

How do you handle your creativity? Let’s talk about it.

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  • “Sleep on it” is an old saw, and very good advice, too. A little coffee, a visit with a friend, walking around the block barefoot, reading a good book (or a bad one: “hell, I can write better than this!), working on a different project for a while, doing a crossword, all these things can help. A full-on frontal assault on the project usually doesn’t work as well as taking a course 90° to one side or the other, or sidling up to it over a day or two. That applies to a lot of life’s challenges, I think.

    “Upward, not northward!” –E. Abbott, “Flatland.”
    .-= jorgekafkazar´s last blog ..Tenirax, Ch V =-.

  • Hannah

    I love how the article says to schedule time to think about your project. I have the opposite problem; I have to force myself to take a break from thinking about it.

  • I think discovering your ‘creative cycle’ is key. I have discovered that my mind loves to come up with great deas for new articles while I am riding on the train, which I do at least once a week, so I make sure I have a notebook with me to jot down at least the basics, and great phrases that rise to the surface. I’ve also discovered that my brain prefers to rewrite while I am doing something else… like washing the dishes or hanging up laundry.. . I don’t pretend to understand why, but there is something about the distraction of a physical activity, and having my hands full that seems to hit the rewrite button in my brain! The tricky bit is writing it down before I lose it. Sometimes I walk about like a senile woman, repeating it over and over in my head until I can get back to my computer or a piece of paper.
    For clearing my head, I agree with Anne, anps are good, and long walks, getting outside is absoultely the best for me (I jsut wish I’d remember to do it more!)
    .-= Paula Swenson´s last blog ..What Would YOU do if you knew you couldn’t fail? =-.

  • admin

    lol, I recognize “…creativity handles me…” Yes, you’re getting to understand your creativity… I do switching between projects too. I find a hot shower often clears the cobwebs, and I love naps!

  • Edna

    Most times I still think my creativity handles me, not the other way around. But I’m working at it, trying to find my peak creative times and times when I actually want or need to do mundane things and give my brain a rest. I have found that doing a draft of an article and letting it sit as long as I can before its due, is very helpful. I can come back with a fresh, often objective eye and do some effective editing.
    I also switch between poetry, fiction and non fiction writing which also helps my creativity, I used to do this more often and am trying to get back in the habit. Additional ideas and suggestions are welcome!

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