Writing is an art-form. And not just any old art-form…
It’s a process in which clever creative minds take words and all their power, and harness them to paint pictures in the minds of those who are reading. Let’s just a second to appreciate that as a process. It takes great skill and patience to learn this craft. And a great deal more to master it.
Off the back of that comment, there’s on thing that all great writers have in common: a powerful imagination.
Of course they do. How else can someone paint entire worlds with no colour, and pull at the heartstrings of an audience with no visual input? Imagination is a huge, huge part of this game. And it’s because of this that it’s also the downfall of so many.
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Imagination From The Pages
We say this a lot, so if you’re a regular reader here, we’re sure this message is already stuck in that wonderful brain of yours. But… we’re going to say it again. Regular reading is a great way to improve your writing.
Not only does reading help us to explore those imaginative fields, but it also teaches us the fundamentals of great writing. When we read great books, our subconscious minds digest all of that greatness, and slowly but surely, we begin to learn the art of what makes a great story. This applies to any great book, in any genre. It’s tried and true. Reading is plain and simply a great way to improve.
But… is it actually a great way to improve our imagination? Well, perhaps not as much as you’d first think.
Sure, books will feed your mind with ideas and creative backdrops, but those are the ideas of other writers. All you’re doing here is studying the imaginations of other wonderful creatives. And hey, that’s not a bad thing, but it’s also not the best way to go about improving your own imagination.
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So How Can You?
Easy. Through life.
If you want to improve your writing, please try out this simple, yet incredibly deep and effective exercise. This will really up your imagination game, and will help you to paint the most colourful black and white pictures that your mind has ever seen.
First of all, taste life. Get out there and live a little. Travel; see the world and all of the different people that roam it, and really think about who these people are and what they’re here to do. Focus on not focussing. Focus on learning with minimal effort. The best imaginations are those with the most natural stimulus.
To make this into an exercise, try this: think of random things around the world – place names, people’s names, items and objects, car brands – and try to reinvent them. Try to come up with words that don’t exist and inventions that aren’t already out there. Just get really damn creative.
This is a great way to train your imagination. You’ll really strain your mind and push it to come up with things that don’t already exist. It’ll be hard, but that’s why it’s a great exercise. The harder it becomes, the better your imagination will subsequently become, because if you can come up with things that don’t already exist when you know so much about the world… then that’s a sure-fire sign of imaginative progression.
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If You Want It, Get It
There are many ways to improve your imagination. This is just one simple suggestion that could really change your game. Think long-term with this one, and set aside an hour or two each week to put real focus into this strategy. That’s when you’ll see the results.
Tune out to any negativity and distractions, and really focus on yourself and your goals. Just focus on what matters most. And if you’re a writer, a strong imagination is a pretty big deal.
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