Stretching Yourself Creatively

Finally, a more cheerful topic…hehe. This is going to be a short one because I want to put more time into finishing Parallax as soon as possible.

It’s often preached that you should stretch before you exercise. Stretching loosens up the muscles, warms up the body, and gets you ready to do your routine.

Surprise, surprise, your creative muscles work much the same way. Granted, they aren’t physical in nature unless you consider your brain, but the principle still applies. Creative muscles can get flabby when we limit ourselves to what we are most comfortable. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing to stick with either what works or what we enjoy most, but anything that is good can be made better.

What do I mean?

Let’s say you are like myself, a writer who enjoys writing fiction. You do it every day, you rack up tons of practice time, and you’re probably pretty good at telling a story. So, why not explore non-fiction efforts like writing a blog or even submitting articles to magazines or newspapers? It doesn’t have to take up all your time and it doesn’t have to go anywhere specific. The point is that you are expanding your skill base and your experiences.

When we stretch ourselves creatively, we open up new doors of exploration. We take ourselves out of our nice, warm, and friendly surroundings and go into an unfamiliar jungle with a machete and cut ourselves a new trail. Every journey lends itself to enhancing what we already know and I’ve never believed in a wasted learning experience.

So, unfurl that creative flag, strap on your pack, and get out there. Your world is waiting for you. 🙂