Writing is good for you. And I’m not just saying that because I’m writer (though obviously it gives a warm feeling inside that it does). There is plenty of evidence that suggests that writing is good for you in many ways, especially for creativity. Some benefits that have been linked to regular writing include:
Being a better communicator
Finding work more quickly
And added to all that it boosts your creativity as well and you really can’t go wrong, can you? How does it build creativity? I’m glad you asked!
Now let me just say, creativity isn’t some magical force. There is nothing mystical about it. Instead, it’s about seeing connections where other people don’t; when you have a truly deep understanding of your own psyche that becomes a great deal easier. After all, you use yourself as the mirror to which you hold up the world. So, understanding yourself better gives you a clearer mirror in which to see the world around you reflected.
So if you want to become more creative spend some time getting to know your inner feelings, demons, and preconceptions. Then all you need to do is project that outwards again and creativity will naturally emerge.
Give and take
Alternatively, you can use writing to engage with the world around you directly. After all, other people have creative ideas as well. And writing is one of the best ways to reach out and connecting with those people. In fact, other people don’t even have to be creative for you to find creativity in them.
My father always said, “Communication is the art of speaking as closely past each other as possible.” And often in that space in between creativity can be found. Can creativity be found in miscommunication? Absolutely! It’s simply a matter of not seeing miscommunication as an obstacle but as a source of inspiration.
Writing does something that thinking never can and that is that it holds you accountable. If you’re thinking it’s easy to make jumps in your logic that you never even realize you’re making. If you do that in writing, however, it’s quite easy to spot what you did wrong. From there it then forces you to take the time to solve the mistakes in your thinking and in the process you become better at it.
And since creativity is problem-solving – namely how can I look at this in a different way – becoming a better problem solver will often lead to you becoming more creative as well.
You become an observer
The act of writing makes you more aware of the world around you, something that’s particularly true if what you’re writing about is the world around you, of course. And when you observe the world you notice how the little things can inspire you.
Creativity doesn’t come out of the blue. Instead, all of it is built upon what’s already there. So it is vitally important that you actually see what’s there! And writing can help immensely in that regard.
I have some of my absolutely most creative ideas just before I drift off to sleep. You’d think I’d be afraid of forgetting all of that wouldn’t you? I never do, however. My good ideas always come back to me in the morning. It’s because I have a special trick.
You see, the very act of writing something down has been linked to making it more likely to be stored in your memory. So what do I do? I visualize writing something down in my head. I go through the entire motions. I imagine the feel of the paper against my skin. I imagine the pen on the paper and how it scratches (I know that very well because I always use the same pen) I imagine the letters on the paper. I engage as many senses as I can.
And then in the morning, I remember what I wrote.
Broaden and build
And finally, your creativity can be boosted by writing by way of the ‘broaden and build’ model. You see, writing makes is a fantastic way to reduce negative emotions. It helps make you happier. That, in turn, makes you more creative.
How does that work? Well, according to the model, negative emotions are there to focus your mind and have you deal with a specific problem. If you’re scared you’re scared of something and you’re focused on that thing. It’s the same for anger, disgust, envy and frustration. Positive emotions, on the other hand, aren’t for dealing with a specific problem. They’re aimed at broadening your mind instead. And in that way they make you more open to the world around you – making it easier for you to appreciate, build and, you guessed it, give wing to your creativity.
And so the happiness and relaxation that writing encourages doesn’t just make your life better, it makes you more creative to boot! Pretty impressive, right?
Norman Arvidsson is a passionate author who was born in Sweden but then moved to the United States with his family. Now his goal is to share his experience with others through blogging. He is familiar with such areas as web dev and design, marketing, blogging, freelancing, startups, small business, self-development, and eLearning. Considers personal growth as the main goal in his life.