Take a few minutes to read something before you begin working. No, I don’t mean curl up with a juicy novel, read for hours and never get around to your own project. What I do mean is take 10, 15 or 20 minutes to read something that interests you. Think of it as a creative warm-up for your brain. If you’re afraid you will get sucked in by what you’ve chosen to read you can either set a timer or set a goal of only reading one chapter or section. You don’t want to get distracted, rather the point is to get your mind thinking in a creative way.

You can approach this type of reading in two ways. You can research something you need for your project. Find instructions for how to do a new crochet stitch or read an article on a pivotal World War II battle. Or you can read about a completely different subject. If you are writing a novel you could read about how to grow vegetables in planters on a balcony. If you are a watercolor painter, why not try reading a flash fiction story in a genre you don’t usually read? Play around with different lengths of reading times and different subjects, related or unrelated to your creative project. If you are working, but feel your creative energy waning, try taking a few minute break to read again. It might be the boost you need to get back on track.

If you give this Creative Vitamin a try, please stop back and leave a comment about how it worked for you.

13 thoughts on “Creativity Vitamin: Read

  1. This is sound advice, but I would probably stick to research material as I’d likely get drawn into other stuff for longer periods of time and forget all about writing.

    1. Using a timer or setting a one chapter limit could be used with fiction, but then you would have to make up your mind to stick with that limit. Maybe better to try flash fiction, huh?

    1. That does make perfect sense. Reading is reading. So I say if it helps then by all means, continue to do it. Different types of reading helps different types of writers.

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