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Training Your Creative Self: Five Tips for Ultra-Creativity

Copyright (c) 2002 by Angela Booth

If you knew you could be as creative as you wished, whenever you wished, what could you achieve?
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Surprise --- you can be as creative as you want to be. Creativity is a

 state of consciousness. And here's the best part --- you can access this creative state anytime.

Try modeling those whose creativity you admire. Whether you're a writer or not, you can learn from super-creative Barbara

Barbara Cartland, the prolific romance novelist, completed one
romance novel a fortnight. She wrote two complete romance novels
a month. That's 24 novels each year. She wrote 24 romances a year
for many years, as well as writing other books. She was in a
perfect partnership with her creative self.

=> Tips for Ultra-Creativity

Based on Barbara Cartland's methods, here are five tips for
ultra-creativity. They work.

==> Tip One: Routine acts as a trigger to your creative state

Each afternoon, Barbara sat down on her sofa, covered herself
with a rug, and dictated that day's word count to her secretary.
The secretary sat on a chair behind Barbara, out of her line of

The key here is that Barbara trained her creativity to perform on

Your creative state is a state of consciousness. It's a flow
state, that you can trigger at will once you understand what it
feels like.

The easiest way to trigger it is via a routine. If you use the
same triggers until they become a habit, accessing your
creativity will be like throwing a switch.

However, changing consciousness takes a little time. When you
change consciousness from wakefulness to sleep for example, as
you do each night, it takes you around ten minutes to go from
wakefulness to sleep.

Your triggers to changing consciousness to a state of sleep are:
showering, putting on your pajamas, climbing into bed, turning
off the light, wriggling until you get comfortable...

It takes around the same ten minutes to change consciousness from
your normal busy-busy, slightly anxious, slightly hyper everyday
state of conscious, to a creative state.

====> Takeaway: changing states of consciousness takes ten

When you know this, you'll stick at tasks which initially seem
distasteful just that little bit longer. For example, when I'm
walking, I know that at around the ten minute mark, I'll start to
enjoy the exercise. I'll have changed my consciousness to an
"exercise" state.

What do you hate to do? Or what habit do you want to break? If
you're breaking a smoking habit, for example, and you really,
really want a cigarette, fight the craving for ten minutes, and
it will dissipate.

If you're creating, stick with your creative task for ten
minutes. You'll "get in the mood" so to speak, at around ten or
eleven minutes.
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==> Tip Two: You can't get there from here

Barbara never set limits on her creativity. She had her routine,
and she knew that accessing her creativity was as simple as
turning on a tap.

You don't know what you'll produce in a creative state until you
produce it. So you get into the creative state by using your
triggers, and you start to work --- write, paint, design --- and
your creativity surprises you.

But you need to know that your creative inspirations aren't
accessible to you in another state. You need to get into the
creative state first.

The feelings of: "I'm not creative", "I don't feel in a creative
mood", "I'm too tired/ sick/ stressed to work" belong to your
normal state of consciousness. Ignore these thoughts, and the
feelings of discomfort which accompany them. Then get into your
creative state via your triggers, and what you produce will amaze

==> Tip Three: Command your subconscious mind (intend)

Whenever she finished a novel, Barbara said that that night she
would tell her subconscious mind: "Tomorrow we begin a new book.
Get it ready."

The next day, she'd sit on the sofa, cover herself with her rug,
and begin to dictate her new book. Yep, as easily as that.

Your subconscious responds to words spoken aloud. So if you want
to write an article, tell yourself out loud (in private might be
best) "At eight tonight I am writing a new article. Get the idea

==> Tip Four: Negative thoughts are just thoughts --- replace
them with positive feelings

Barbara Cartland understood the value of positive feelings.

Developing the ability to feel positive about yourself starts
with recognizing when your thinking is negative.

Thoughts are like waves on the ocean. The ocean produces waves,
your mind produces thoughts. Thoughts lead to emotions. You can't
stop your thoughts, but you can refuse to buy into them.

Noticing your thoughts, especially recognizing negative thoughts,
is a major achievement. It takes a while to realize when you're
thinking negatively, because for most of us, negative thinking
comes more easily than feeling positive.

When negative thoughts discourage you, replace them with a
positive feeling. Think of something you love: going to the
movies, pizza, puppies. Think how you feel when you see a puppy.

Encourage that feeling in yourself. When a negative though
intrudes, immediately switch to thoughts of a movie, pizza or a
puppy, whatever makes you feel good.

==> Tip Five: Do what you love. It matters

Barbara loved to write romance. That made it easy for her to be

When you enjoy what you're doing, it will come through in your
work. Loving what you do helps you to be creative, and ensures
that you don't burn out.

Therefore, choose creative work that you enjoy.

Good luck with these techniques. The more of them you can apply
each day, the more you'll train yourself to be creative on

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Getting ideas that sell


Copyright (c) 2002 by Angela Booth

As the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you
can't make it drink. You can offer your writing too, but if no
one wants it, you're stuck.

You've got to train yourself to come up with saleable ideas, for
specific audiences. Somehow, someway, you've got to discover what
people want, and give it to them in your writing. The more
successfully you do that, the more you'll sell.

==> To get more ideas, write more

In an article, the prolific thriller/ horror writer Dean Koontz
said that when he wrote more, spending six to eight hours a day
at it, he got more ideas. He frequently found himself writing one
book, while making notes for another two or three.

It's true. If you're not writing, you won't get ideas. Your
subconscious mind is lazy. You haven't convinced it that finding
ideas is important to you, so you don't get them.

Start a program of writing every day. Write anything, but make
sure that you're doing it for at least an hour, and that you
force yourself to write. Get your fingers on the keyboard, and
move them. Let whatever wants to come out, come out.

Sounds like work, right?

Sure. At first it is. Then it's fun. And easy. The first couple
of days you do this, you may feel that it's pointless. But I
promise you, keep at it, and within a few days you'll start
coming up with more ideas that you know what to do with.

==> If you want to know what people want, ask them

One way to find out what people are interested in is to read the
bestseller lists. What are people buying? Extrapolate from these
lists. Can you find any new trends?

On the other hand, the best way to discover what people are
willing to buy, is to ask them. Go to the online places where
they hang out, and ask.

For example, let's say that in your day job, you're a
nutritionist. You know that diet is a perennially popular topic.
You advise dieters on how to eat, and you've garnered a lot of
experience in how and why people put on weight, and ways that
they can safely dump the lard.

You decide that you need to learn what people really want to
know. So you subscribe to a few discussion groups, and after
you've read the postings for a few weeks, and have posted
responses to some questions, you ask your own questions.

Be straightforward about this. Just admit that you're doing
research, and ask for help. Post a questionnaire for people to
fill in. (Assure them that their privacy will be respected.)

After a month of this, you'll get ideas for products (articles,
books) that will sell.

==> The sure-fire formula for winning, instantly saleable ideas:
combine entertainment and information

You need to be clear about what you're selling. With non-
fiction, you're selling information. With fiction, you're selling

The best way to sell either fiction or non-fiction is to combine
both in your writing.

Mix a dash of entertainment with your information. That is, when
you're writing an information product, an article or a book, even
though it's non-fiction, don't be dull. Check out the wildly
popular For Dummies series of books: good information, delivered
with an entertaining style.

On the other hand, if you're writing fiction, ground it in real
life with good information. I'm a fan of Diana Gabaldon's
Outlander series. Definitely fiction, but Ms Gabaldon grounds her
time-travel historical novels in their era with fascinating facts
that make the unbelievable plots credible.

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