6 January 2014

THE FREELANCE LIFE 10 / IMAGINATION

When i was younger, my imagination would go wild every second. Mainly that was my characteristic and until recently i thought that it still was. While trying to unwrap the plot of my book into more detail, i realised that even though i have the ability to create anything i want for my characters, there was a wall stopping me. 

When we were kids we could hear Santa's bells, or see fairies and then once we grew up we realise that none of it exists. Could it be true that we can lose our imagination? I definitely had it for granted and never thought i would seek help, but here i am. 

There are actually a few exercises that help broadening your imagination and make you more open to ideas. I've researched a lot of them, and i'm listing the ones that feel more approachable.

1.        You already know how much i'm obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. It's a brilliant book, liberating and the perfect movie to watch to get in touch with your imagination. For real, there's nothing more in it than imagination. She got it right. My very first exercise, every day; think of six impossible things before breakfast. 

2.         Get of the routine. Have you noticed how there are a few corners / places that you've never sat. Perspectives of your house that you've never seen. When in the house, i plan to sit on spots i've never sat, on the floor, not the couch or chair and day dream

3.          Go on walks, sit on benches and notice strangers. Make up stories about their lives, who they are, why they are outside, what would they be thinking about. 

4.         Always find time to pretend within the day. Pretend that you have a secret power, you are a secret agent or something interesting. Actually believe it and go on from there acting like you have this big secret. 


25 comments :

hejjuni said...

this is a brilliant post! I struggle with losing my imagination sometimes too, and often it feels like the harder I try to get it back, the weaker my grasp on it. Love your tips and I'll definitely be trying them out :)

Sarah Wheeler said...

I love this Corrina! I think these exercises would become so useful when I get a case of writers block or am stuck in a creative rut. Oh, and I cannot believe I've never seen the full movie of Alice in Wonderland (I'm a little bit ashamed!) Adding that to my to-do list this week!

Amber | And Yes To Joy said...

I believe that day dreaming is as much a form of planning as sitting down to talk strategy and concepts. Letting your mind wander is such a helpful and healthy thing. I love all of the action items you listed and I'm going to try and implement number one myself!

dianawillard said...

Love this post! I find that if I get stuck while writing, often doing some completely unrelated (and usually mindless!) task lets my mind stop *thinking* logically and start *dreaming* -- and that's usually when I come up with my best ideas. :)

Kati said...

Thanks for leaving such a darling comment on my blog!
Number 4 actually sounds like so much fun to do!

Have the best day ever,
-Kati

http://almoststylish.blogspot.de/

Peter Loves Jane said...

Love it! As a kid, I used to pretend I was a spy. I could get around my entire house in the dark without a sound. Peter Pan was, and continues to be, a favorite of mine! Why not dream up the impossible? Makes for interesting people :)

Zachary said...

Sitting in new spots and imagining is something I never realised I did until now! It sparks so many new thoughts. It's always the little things in life that bring the best of ideas.

Quyen Nguyen said...

Going on a walk and clearing my brain is the best way for me to get creative. Making up stories is such a fun thing to do. I'll try that next time. :)

Jessica (Coco/Mingo) said...

Love it! My imagination runs wild! And I miss those days of playing them out as a kid. We'd always be at the pool or the beach so I would imagine I was a mermaid in the water and would have tea parties and the bottom of the pool with my siblings. I also went a month straight of talking in a British accent pretending I was a witch and part of the Harry Potter gang. This was when I was older. LOL! Ah, reminiscing those days make me smile! Thank you for this, C!! xo

Amanda Dillon said...

what excellent advice!! I read an excellent article in Kinfolk a couple of months ago about the importance of letting your mind wander, and I really resonated with your suggestion of pretending during the day and daydreaming. VERY inspirational :)

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

Well this made me feel so much better. I feel like I have lost a lot of my imagination. With life challenges and experiences, I admit, I have become somewhat jaded. I just lost a lot of the "magic" of life. BUT, I really want to go back to that feeling. That hope. That dream. This kind of post reminds me that IS possible.

Thank you.

xo,
nancy

http://www.adoretoadorn.com

Kristyn @ Milk + Crown said...

I love this idea. It's so fun making up stories about strangers haha! I think imagination is really key to creativity :)

Tara Victoria said...

aw corina! what a lovely post! i think we definitely loose the strength of our imagination sometimes. life totally gets in the way. what a great reflection and awesome ideas on how to get those ideas rolling again!! thanks for sharing darlin'

Danielle Marshall said...

I definitely do the second one....it's so much fun!! Definitely brightens my day & gets my mind going.

Kyla said...

I love this...I'm with you, I had such an imagination as a kid and it's so important to keep it active as we get older. One of my favorite things to do is make up stories about people! I love people-watching, and trying to figure out what they're thinking and where they're going is the beset.

Miranti said...

It would be so sad to think that we might lose touch with our imagination. But your exercises sound like so much fun! I'll definitely have to give them a go :)

Asia @ The Cracked Lens said...

Making up stories about strangers sounds great

Anna-Rosa said...

Lovely exercises Corina! I think imagination is the key to happiness. Or at least one of the keys :)

Annabel Krantz said...

Love this! My whole blog is inspired by Alice in Wonderland; it's a reminder to find the imagination and adventure in everything! So I agree with you there. Good Luck with your daily imaginings!

Katerina said...

I'm trying for 2 and 3 all the time..Sometimes 4!

rooth said...

I definitely practice different accents (and pretend I'm from different places) in the car driving home from work... does that count as creativity or is that just weird?

Noor AlQahtani said...

What a great post I just love it. And I love me some Alice!

Kate Amunrud said...

I LOVE people watching and making up stories about their lives. It's such a fun exercise.

Ffion said...

I set myself a 365 Day creativity Challenge on my birthday. Not sure if I'll make it through, but it's already been worth it. I'm sharing it on my blog since a couple of days ago, the blog is currently at day three, http://mindflight.me/365-day-creative-challenge-day-3-wolf/ but I'm actually at day 21 today. Three weeks already! This challenge is definitely helping to get my creative juices going and is also helping me learn things that are otherwise permanently on my "to do someday" list. For example I'm currently immersing myself in bookbinding techniques, something I've always wanted to do!

Lisa | HappyBy said...

Love your suggestions Corina and I'm glad you chose to write about this topic, such important in most fields, especially creative ones...Found your blog some days ago and I've been eagerly going through old posts - great job!