Advanced Creative Visualization for Writers
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Creative people visualize what they want to say before they create. You may not be consciously aware of that. It is happening anyway, so you want to harness it using advanced creative visualization for writers.
Visualization is a thing to do at the start of every project large or small. Sadly, visualization has got a lot of bad press because of its association with the New Age movement and other hocus-pocus ideas. Nevertheless, there is a lot of good science behind the process of visualization.
Why should you adopt visualization? Simply because it’s already a part of your life. Dreams, daydreams, memories, and our inner dialogue (self-talk) are all forms of the kind of visualization I’m talking about.
Advanced Creative Visualization Starts Here
As I discussed in a different context in a Core Step, you focus your mind by finding a quiet place and relaxing your body.
- Consciously release the tension.
- Start by taking those three deep breaths and exhaling them slowly to the count of ten as I mentioned previously.
- Once your body and brain are prepared in this way, you engage your active imagination.
Take a few minutes to put your mind in neutral in this way. Advanced creative visualization for writers is a matter of building upon this basic relaxation technique.
Sadly, too many people don’t know what it feels like to be totally relaxed in mind, body, and spirit, so they short-circuit this relaxation process by proceeding without being in a relations state. It takes practice to become calm and open yourself to what comes when you get rid of the clutter.
Advanced Creative Visualization: TV of the Mind
Once in this stress-free state, pretend that you are watching scenes of your life on a giant screen TV. You see yourself on the screen and the various ideas you are considering. You can see various scenarios and possible outcomes. You can watch them play-out visually.
Instead of allowing your brain neurons to organize themselves automatically as above, you are more directive using this visualization technique. You want to interrogate yourself in a friendly and non-judgmental way and simply ask yourself what your inner person wants to create.
- For example, you might ask yourself, “How can I help people enough with my blog so they will want to pay me.” Ideas will pop into your mind as if they were on a large-screen television. Bring up each visual image individually in your mind for closer scrutiny.
- You’ll also see other people on that giant screen you have imagined. Significant others may criticize your passions, and you’ll have the ability to question them in this interactive experience you have created for yourself. That’s right, talk to the people on the screen.
- Ask your visualization id your ideas are good or if the personification of it can offer suggestions to make it better. Ask the visualization if the idea will produce profit for you. Let the visualization speak. You’ll learn what you need to know from the scene you see and hear.
I totally understand if you think it’s a little whack that you’re talking to the visualizations that you create in your mind. That you speak to them interactively as if they were a person and that you expect answers back from them. But it’s not as crazy as it seems. It’s just a technique to organize natural brain functions. There is little magic in this — it’s all about brain chemistry. Give it a try.
Advanced Creative Visualization: Converting Images into Action
This kind of advanced creative visualization has one weakness in my experience. That is, ideas come so fast I cannot capture them all. On one hand, I don’t want to break my relation state and what I’m seeing on the TV of my mind, and on the other hand, I want to make notes. The reality is, you can’t do both. I always prefer to let ideas flow and natively remember the best, even though I realize I’m losing ideas.
Not being able to capture ideas hurts. I come to terms with that by relaxing that my mind is an ever-flowing river of ideas. My advice is that you adopt that perspective too. Some people are always at a loss for a free idea when they need them. They are creatively poverty-stricken. I write down and warehouse my ideas so I can access them later on my computer.
I am not suggesting that you try to remember every idea you have during the day. You need to learn to write them down as they occur. But I am suggesting that advanced creative visualization sessions as I mention here produce such a flood of ideas that you can’t capture them all.
Make Advanced Creative Visualization a Way of Life
You do many things as a way of life. You get up. You eat. You work. You exercise. You entertain yourself. You sleep. I am suggesting that you adopt advanced creative visualization if you are a creative person. It will help you open your doors of perception.
The human mind is in a constant state of stress. Therefore, setting aside a time and place for advanced creative visualization is refreshing. You let your brain process what is within you rather than shoving thoughts to the back of your consciousness. You want thoughts to play out in the visualization process so you can absorb them on a conscious level.
Advanced creative visualization will help you get ideas and make decisions. The process will enrich your life.