Beyond the Blank Page: Activating your Creative Mind

Creative Mind Word Cloud by JohnHain CC0 Public Domain from Pixabay
“The master of your success is your creat­ive mind” Michael Lee

You conscious mind controls your body, what it does, how it does it. Yet when the body sleeps so does the conscious mind. The subcon­scious or creat­ive mind NEVER sleeps. It is this part of you that largely governs your person­al­ity, charac­ter, desires, etc. This part of the mind is great tool, but it is also under­used. When did you last delib­er­ately place a problem in you creat­ive mind?


Trouble Sleeping?

“Your subcon­scious mind works continu­ously, while you are awake, and while you sleep.” ~ Napoleon Hill
How many people have trouble sleep­ing. Insomnia is widespread in the modern world. In too many cases, doctors prescribe drugs, like Zolpidem or Zaleplon and others, for the treat­ment of insom­nia. Pills, however, are the last thing you need. According to some research, these troubles are really initi­ated by a failure to close down the conscious mind. Something I learned to do a long time ago. If I worried about the project problem I was facing then I would never sleep. They were constant and ongoing.
“Never go to sleep without a request to your subcon­scious.” ~ Thomas Edison
Two power­ful reasons to think about the power of the creat­ive mind. According to Benjamin P. Hardy of Inc Magazine “many of the world’s most success­ful people to inten­tion­ally direct the workings of their subcon­scious mind while they’re sleep­ing”. Creativity is about making connec­tions between differ­ent subjects in differ­ent parts of the brain. Creativity is a vital part of writing and blogging.

Your Actions

State of mind by Gadini CC0 Public Domain from PixabayYour state of mind has a tremend­ous impact on you and the actions you take. One reason renowned psycho­lo­gists have, for many years, sugges­ted that we devel­op a posit­ive state of mind. That state of mind helps us get things done. For the writer that means we are ready to start writing and overcome the blank page causing problems. The creat­ive mind should be ready to go.
With the subcon­scious or creat­ive part of our mind having been set a task, the writer is ready to start as soon as they face the blank page. I slept well last night. I asked my subcon­scious mind the consider ways to final­ise this piece. This morning I have the answer — am ready to fill in the gaps, know where I need more research and have the will to complete it. I even removed the addition­al clutter that confused the conclud­ing part.
“Does your creat­ive mind like the way you are”? Michael Lee and others ask. At one time I struggled with under­stand­ing why liking myself mattered. I didn’t have to like myself to live. There is a simple reason this is such an import­ant question. If you don’t like yourself will you ever like the things you produce? 
Of course you can write, or blog, without liking yourself, but how long will you last? Ultimately you will dislike writing and feel you have nothing to contrib­ute. The reason this is the first step in a process of self-improvement. Get over that feeling and you can move forward again.

Need for Change?

Do you need to change? I promise, I am not picking on you. We all need this to some degree. Indeed the need for change should be continu­ing. Each one of us has something we need to change at each stage in our life. We can always learn. There is always something we can do better. 
Recognising that can be the first great challenge. Changing is the second.
How many bad habits do you have? Habits are the hardest thing to break. Worse, for many the subcon­scious, or creat­ive, mind has developed bad habits and is no longer effect­ive. Replaced by that part of you that belittles every idea you come up with. Telling you: ‘you have no business think­ing such power­ful thoughts’. Providing an affirm­a­tion of your inabil­ity to create anything.
Confirming that you cannot do the things you think about. The worst possible state of mind for a writer. This type of think­ing that can limit any person. Why would you even get up in the morning? Change is needed. Use your creat­ive mind the way it should be used.

Programming Yourself

Program by Pexels CC0 Public DomainCan you implant a thought into your subcon­scious or creat­ive mind in order to have it work on it 24*7, even while you sleep? 
As you live your life you are always encoun­ter­ing obstacles, wheth­er real or metaphor­ic­al. They obscure the path to be taken. You put a great deal of thought into surmount­ing them. This is where the subcon­scious mind comes into its own. The reality is that you have things to do. Your boss needs the report completed, etc., etc.
This is where the subcon­scious or creat­ive mind takes over. However, I do more than that. I plant ideas in my own subcon­scious mind, telling it to identi­fy the solution, and often give it a deadline. I have always been conscious of the impact of deadlines. This works, it is why I have woken with the solution in my mind, fresh in the morning, ready to draft the words.
I am little sceptic­al of those manuscripts that tell you it is possible to think and grow rich yet it relates to use of the mind. Using it to think through ways to make money. Your mind cannot manufac­ture money, neither can it magic­ally fill your bank account. I prefer to think about ways to improve yourself and solve the challenges you are working on. This is where the creat­ive mind can play a part in devel­op­ing your future.
How do you apply this to writing your own blog? Writers would normally consider themselves creat­ive people, so devel­op­ing a creat­ive mind is essen­tial. It is that place where you can consider problems. Do it right and the writer never has to be afraid of the blank page again.

A Creative Mind

As the page opens, you know what you are going to say.
In 2015 I entered the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The challenge — write your novel in a month. When I said write, that is all it is. This is an exercise of pure writing. It is about getting the ideas down on paper, that is all. Editing comes later. In doing this challenge I found that every morning the words would flow onto the page. I wasn’t think­ing them, at least not in the tradi­tion­al way. My subcon­scious mind had the story and as I opened the lid of the laptop I was simply the conduit to pour the story onto the page. I wrote nearly 80,000 words that month.
Truth is anyone can do it. The tool is your mind and how you prepare yourself to write.

Starting the Day

Hand writing by Pexels CC0 Public DomainHow do you start your day? You can call forward the contents of the creat­ive mind any time you like. Many take time, early morning, to place them into a journ­al. This can be vital to what we achieve, as is the attitude adopted through the day.
That need for a posit­ive mental attitude, once again. Tell yourself ‘I can achieve this’. Then you are much more likely to than when you start the day by question­ing your ability.
Of course, every­one hits snags along the way. Perhaps the research doesn’t backup your thesis. Time to find an altern­at­ive route! You could either write about something else or take your idea in a new direc­tion. Your creat­ive mind has mapped out the preferred plan, but it didn’t have the results of the Google search. Follow the conclu­sions of the research, perhaps. It may be a differ­ent piece than you planned, but it can still be valuable.
To some extent, as a writer you need other possib­il­it­ies ready in advance. Place that piece back into the subcon­scious mind and write something else. The mind is a beauti­ful thing and it can work on more than one problem at a time.

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Make a donation to the upkeep of GobbledeGoox as a way to thank Peter Giblett for consid­er­ing the needs of the subcon­scious or creat­ive mind. A posit­ive mental attitude is only a part of the picture, think­ing through problems matters. Do that before writing. Something to contrib­ute? Please leave a comment. The images here were either created or owned by Peter Giblett or sourced from a public domain location, such as Pixabay or Unsplash.

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