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.