Is Your Creativity on Vacation?

images_080Have you ever had an idea pop into your head and find no pen, no paper, and no computer near? I’ll remember. No problem.
Or, have you ever sat down at the computer and the fingers could not find the keys you need?
What about pen and paper, a notebook in the car, and you can’t remember what was so important?
No, you are not going ‘out of your mind.’ Your creativity decided on a vacation without your permission. But you have other avenues until the unannounced recess is over.
Remember, way, way back to the prompt days? Sometimes these are right under our fingers and we forget. Let’s go back a few years or so and revive our mind, brain, and get the creativity back.
Look around your home, or your office, or on your desk. Pick up the first object you see. Touch it. Feel it. Examine all of it; look at the color, the texture, the weight, and imagine this as part of a new scene. Now close your eyes and visualize this object in a story. Could this be the missing piece to your heroine’s story? Or, is this object big enough to be the murder weapon? See, now you are on a roll.
What about all of the old photographs we used to see? Pull out a picture album, if you still have one, and leaf through the pages. I’m sure there are several that bring back fond memories and others that make you want to hide under your desk. Maybe there are some that have you laughing until the tears slide down your face. Now, pick one and let your mind work its magic. You might even forget about the picture and the landscape is the most important thing you see. Hey, a new setting for your story?
Creativity still on vacation?
Go to your bookshelf or shelves. Look at all the books you have and pick one up at random. Hey, close your eyes and grab. Look at the title, but do not open the book. Think of a different story with the same title. How would you start the story? What different setting would you use? What about the characters? Would you change their looks, style, put them in a different genre? See, already your mind is racing back to your disabled story. And, by the way, isn’t that your creativity working your fingers.
    Vacation is over. Your ‘Creativity is ready to reward you with its own avenues.

Happy Writing Every Day.