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  • Spring Into New Ideas!

    The cold and blustery winter keeps us cooped up in stuffy buildings and puts creativity on the back burner. With spring upon us, it is a perfect time to get your creative juices flowing again! Get outside, open the windows, any way to get some fresh air can be a good jump-start! With fresh air, comes a fresh idea! It is like spring-cleaning for your mind. Let go of all the angst you had this winter and let the fresh air and sunshine bring you new ideas and creative thoughts!

    I like going for a run or walk to clear my head and start my writing process. I love stretching and exercising my body, while stretching and clearing my mind. There is nothing better than running through a familiar place and seeing new things. Exposing yourself to nature and new places has obvious effects on your attitude, which inherently factors in to your creativity. I encourage everyone to spend some time going for a walk or jog somewhere you have never been, or even trying to see something new in a familiar place. This does not have to be far away, just the neighborhood across town or even that park down the street! Just be attentive of your surroundings and let the change of seasons bring new ideas!

    Do you know what other writers use exercise to jumpstart their imaginations?

    Joyce Carol Oates is an avid runner. “I find myself running in a place so intriguing to me, amid houses, or the backs of houses, so mysterious, I’m fated to write about these sights, to bring them to life (as it’s said) in fiction. I’m a writer absolutely mesmerized by places; much of my writing is a way of assuaging homesickness, and the settings my characters inhabit are as crucial to me as the characters themselves. I couldn’t write even a very short story without vividly ‘seeing’ what its characters see.”

    Haruki Murakami runs every day and has even written a book about it. “I try not to think about anything special while running. As a matter of fact, I usually run with my mind empty. However, when I run empty-minded, something naturally and abruptly crawls in sometime. That might become an idea that can help me with my writing.” (Haruki Murakami)

    What propels your writing? Exercise? Meditation? Dreaming?

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