Friday, 21 September 2012

Juicy Quest for Inspiration - More Details.....

OK, here goes.  I am currently writing my third novel and to say I am struggling is a bit of an understatement.  My characters are creating their own story and have currently driven themselves into a situation I cannot get them out of without re-writing half of the book.  As this third book is due out at Christmas, I really cannot re-write so much - so what do I do?  Think creatively.

Only one problem - my creative juices have dried up!  So, in a quest to solve the dilemma, I have trawled the internet and discovered that 9 of our historical geniuses used different methods to help them in their creative activities.  Could they work for me?  I am not sure, but I am willing to give them a go.

The 9 different methods are:

1) Leonardo Da Vinci - slept 2 hours per day apparently! One has to develop a strict programme, with a series of 20 to 30 minutes of sleep every 4 hours for a period of 24 hours a day.  This should create more free time, more colourful dreams and strict control of the body.  Mmmmm.

2) Albert Einstein - Don't give up!  Now that's easy I hear you cry!  Well, not exactly - read on.
He would think of the same problem more hours a day, for many months until he succeeded in his goal.  He declared "people only use 10% of the brain".  Apparently if you want a brain like Einstein, you need to 'work' your brain the same way an Olympic athelete works their body (many hours, every day!).

3) Charles Dickens - Faced north.  Apparently he wrote and slept facing north (head or feet first, who knows?), but apparently he aligned himself with the Earth's poles.  He believed that by doing this he would improve his creativity.  If he slept anywhere else, he would re-arrange the bed and always carried a compass with him for this purpose. 

4) Thomas Edison - power napped.  Apparently he did this in order to give his brain 'a break' from the mental effort.  In order to stimulate his creativity, he slept in an armchair with the hand supported on/by the elbow, while holding tight in the hand a bundle of balls (whose? I wonder).  This he would delegate to his subconscious some problems on which he worked.  When he slipped into full sleep he would drop his balls (the mind boggles!), and the noise would wake him.  When he woke up he would write anything he had on his mind, which was usually the solution to the problem apparently!

5) Yoshiro Nakamatsu - invents underwater.  This Japanese inventory has over 3000 patented inventions and has won a Noble Prize.  His secret?  He invents underater, having a Plexiglas water proof board.  He named this 'creative swimming' and says 'oxygen is the enemy of the brain'.

6) Cervantes - sat in water. Apparently he had to sit in cold water up to the knees before entering a creative state.  According to scientists short rounds of cold baths to and for the feet help attain maximum intellectual concentration.

7) Hemingway - wrote 5000 words per day.  Every day.  Apparently it allowed him to overcome writers block and keep his writing skills to the highest levels. Again, it is like training to be an Olympic athelete, do the same thing over and over, every day.

8) Thomas Wolfe - wrote standing up.    This method involving the whole body in the creative process can be very useful.  It could improve spinal posture and breathing!  

9) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - had a rotten apple on his desk.  Yup, he really believed it would work!  Does it have to be a rotten apple?  Apparently the brain can be stimulated by such external 'anchors'!  Coffee, plants or landscapes can also work.

OK, so here is the plan.  To mark the launch of my second book on 31st October, I am going to be trying each one of these - in order (no really!), to see if they really work in helping the creativity process of completing my third novel in time for Christmas.  Will it work?  You will have to read my daily blogs and find out, won't you?

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