I started writing creative pieces in Japanese in 2018. Before that, I was working as a writer. I wrote lots of articles for my clients which doesn’t mean that I could always write how and what I really wanted to write.
As I continued writing for somebody else, my frustration, — I want to write what I want to write! — was getting bigger and bigger, and then, I started my creations. Actually, It was not the first time for me to write fictions. I used to write stories when I was in my 20’s, but it didn’t last long. It was just for fun, I didn’t have any idea of professional writing at all.
Anyway, I started writing a little more creative things, including essays, short stories, and fictions. And then, I realised that my life has been changed.
That is not completely right. It is not true that my life was changed. I should say that my attitude toward my life has changed. Creative writing is different from simply writing how-to articles or putting useful information on a page, reporting what you learned (you can still use your creativity on these types of writing, though). If you want to write creative writing, you have to be creative.
Creativity is not easy to catch, you cannot grab your inspiration even if you research online with Google. It is not very enjoyable to be sitting in front of the white screen of the computer and waiting for a creative idea of writing or muse coming up. It is much better to have an idea of creation before you get yourself seated at the desk.
So, how can we be creative? Is it any royal road to get inspiration?
From my experience, my muse often comes to me in my daily life when I was not expecting. For example, when I am taking a shower, when I am in bed, when I am having a cup of coffee, or when I am meeting with my friends.
Jun Wu wrote that neuroplasticity is the key. If I understand correctly, it is good for our creativity to let our brains iteratively exhibit different brain wave patterns which depend on focusing or relaxing. She said, “Your brain likes change.” Our brains don’t need a dynamic event or tragedy, they only need to have small changes in normal life.
To get my brain more active to receive inspiration, I try to do more various activity than before, such as meeting people, going for a walk, getting fresh air, read a new book…
I love writing. I can just sit with my laptop and keep typing all day. However, it doesn’t mean that I can produce creative pieces every day. In order to be more creative, I push myself to have small changes in my life. As a result, my every-day life became more various and exciting.