How do you know when they are being struck by an urge to create through writing? How does one funnel that creative urge into something productive and beautiful? And what’s the point of taking the time to write, anyways?
The preteen and teenage years are ripe with creative urges, as girls are unfolding new ideas and truths about the world and find themselves eager to express their emotions about it all. Creative writing, whether it be through journaling, storytelling or poetry helps to produce psychological and emotional well-being. Psych Central, an award-winning website run by mental health professionals, states that writing frees the brain “to create, intuit, and feel. It also “removes mental blocks” so that one may “better understand [herself] and the world around [her].” As a result, one can clarify thoughts and feelings that previously confused her. One will better know herself and be able to identify beneficial and toxic elements in her own mind and in her environment.
But sometimes taking the time to write, or knowing how to begin, is easier said than done. To get the most out of creative writing it is important to know when one is being inspired to create. Have you ever imagined a scene or dialogue or an event that never actually happened but came vividly alive in your mind? Had thoughts about something or someone that got you really excited, really sad, or really angry? Experienced something that you long to hold on to but don’t know how? These instances are more than just random weirdness; they are the creative impulse – your mind and soul telling you they want to create things, to make the random beauty of your mind into a reality that other people can read if you choose to share with them. Instead of letting those feelings and imaginative scenarios slip away make them into a reality. Write them down.
There is no one way to write. You decide how you want to go about creating the written word. Some days you may feel the urge to write in the form of a diary or journal. Or perhaps you prefer to write random bits of poetry. Maybe you love to tell stories when you write. You can write poetry one day and journal the next, or dedicate yourself solely to one type of writing. Nonetheless you may experience times when you want to express yourself creatively but you lack inspiration and are unable to write the way you want to. In times like these there are tricks to get the creative juices flowing. Making collages from pictures and phrases cut out from magazines often awakens the artistic urge. Reading poetry and highlighting words and imagery that inspire you has a similar effect. As well, neuroscience research shows that exercise or any type of vigorous physical activity boosts creativity. Keep a pen and paper nearby while exercising so that you can jot down any interesting ideas before you forget them.
Don’t believe you need to be a star writer or creative genius to begin writing down your thoughts and experiences. Writing is a form of medicine for the soul because of its ability to open up the individual to new ways of understanding herself and the world around her. Even if no one ever sees your writing you benefit from the psychological well-being that writing promotes. Give in to your creative urge!