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The small quiet voice needs some small quiet time

David Rock
David Rock

I mentioned this idea a couple of posts ago. Click here for the science.
Essentially it works like this: even just doing normal tasks generates some much neuronic noise in your brain that the relatively quiet process of creativity can go undetected amidst the traffic.

The implications of this are HUGE. It means that you may already be having amazingly creative and innovative ideas. But you’re so busy focussing on other things that you cannot hear them in the noise.

What does this mean for you as a writer though? It’s quite simple: you need to create quiet times where you really aren’t thinking about ANYTHING so that you can start to hear the subtle noise of your creative impulse in action.

Highly creative people report getting their best ideas when they are:
In the shower
Running
Driving to work
Gardening
Working out
Cooking
What these activities all have in common is that they are not brain intensive. You are following a routine or activity and the roar of your processing machine has fallen silent. Into that silence connections get made.
Eureka
10 Steps to Get You There:
1) Identify an activity that you know gives you mental peace and rest.
2) Make sure you do it often enough for it to become a habit.
3) Cultivate an awareness of this activity as a wonderful quiet time that feeds you
4) Frame the problems you are trying to solve in your mind clearly and concisely
5) Let them go. Stop consciously thinking about them
6) Get on with your life
7) Do the brain-quiet activity
8) When your mind starts randomly joining the dots, relax, sit back and watch
9) Don’t force it
10) Record your thoughts immediately after

It might take some time for you to get into the flow of it, but it works. Be conscious of this time and the benefit it can give, but do not go into the activity waiting on results. Remember, it’s quiet time, not thinking time!