“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
Vincent van Gogh
Sometimes small steps can lead to big benefits! Here are a few simple techniques I’ve come across that can easily be incorporated to your day and might just give your writing an extra jolt of creativity and insight:
Tracing triangles: Facing a thorny plot problem or scene snag? Here’s one quick way to find a solution: Take a minute to doodle a few triangles with points that reach toward the top of a page. Here’s why: According to psychology experts, the triangle symbolizes self-discovery and revelation, while the upward points signify driving toward a goal — so sketching a few triangles when you’re stuck can help you unleash a flash of inspiration. Sounds like an easy solution-stoker — I’m going to try it!
Standing up: Want a simple way to rev up your creative energy and focus? Try thinking on your feet: According to a recent study published in Social Psychological & Personality Science, when groups tackling the same project worked either sitting down or standing up, the standers generated the most innovative ideas. Why? According to study author Dr. Andrew Knight, standing fires up activity in the sympathetic nervous system, which leads to improved energy, focus, and mental speed. Maybe this is why so many writers — myself included — love to walk or run: we’re giving our brains a boost!
Sitting up straight: Good posture doesn’t just help your back, it helps your brain. When people tackling stressful tasks were asked to sit up straight, they felt more enthusiastic and strong while slouchers felt sluggish and unmotivated. Straightening your spine sends a message to your mind that you are alert, focused, and ready for action, according to a new study in Health Psychology. This positive mental message not only sharpens your concentration, it also improves your overall mood.
Reciting poetry: The ear-pleasing patterns of rhyming poetry spark right-brain activity, enhancing memory, focus, and reasoning skills.
So let’s all doodle, stand up and sit up, recite poetry – and write on!