I’ve been trying to juggle so many things at once lately, that when I finally get into the studio (or more accurately, the porch) to get creative, my mind is still thinking about the laundry that needs to get done, worrying about other projects I haven’t finished yet, and whatever else that is running through my head that day. All of this worrying, over analyzing, and pointless repetitive thoughts are standing between me and my creativity. Does this happen to you too?
Luckily I have discovered a way to make it all go away. I grab a notebook and just write it all out until its gone. I call it my “brain dump”, because it’s like dumping out the trash that gets jammed in my brain.
Give it a try next time you’re trying to be creative, or trying to come up with an idea but you’re stuck with a bunch of other thoughts in your head. Grab some paper and start writing. Don’t think about it too hard, just start writing whatever comes to mind; even if its “I don’t know what to write.” Keep going, and eventually you will feel the thoughts pouring out of your head, through your arm, and out through your pen. It’s a wonderful feeling to let it all out.
Most of what you write will often be negative, fragmented, or complaints; but once you get it all out, you’ll feel more free, and have room to finally think about the project or problem at hand. And as a bonus, every once in a while you may discover in your writings, a surprise bit of insight or a great idea that was stuck up in that head of yours!
Does your mind get cluttered with everyday thoughts when you’re trying to be creative? Do you have any tips of your own to help clear your mind? Leave a comment below!
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