How about taking advantage of the first Sundays of fall and winter to carve out some time for yourself? Creative writing might be your new cognitive outlet.
The month of September has gone by at a brisk pace, and you are already bloodless in the face of November and its festivities, exhausted in advance at the idea of embarking on the preparation of gifts and tasks to be completed before the end of the year.
What if, instead of waiting for 2022 to make good resolutions, you take advantage of the seasons before, to slow down and give yourself some time for yourself and your creative development?
What if writing was within everyone’s reach?
“There is no such thing as talent: Talent is to want to do something,” said Jacques Brel. The methods of creative writing were born in the Anglo-Saxon world and support the idea that the writing of fictions, poems, or scenarios is a practice within the reach of all. Creative writing is taught today across the world at the university level, where creative writing masters offer research spaces for the authors of tomorrow.
As you begin to try your hand at creative writing, give yourself at least 30 minutes a week to do writing exercises. You can find manuals devoted to the subject, draw inspiration from the great classics of the writing workshops, or enlist in one of Knovva Academy’s 1-on-1, or small live lesson classes on the subject. To avoid the anxiety of the blank page, don’t start off with the aim of writing a tetralogy. Start with simple ideas and simple goals: texts of 10 lines that will put your foot in the stirrup.
“Pastiche,” or spontaneous writing
In the style of the French writer George Perec, try creating indexed poems: List the places where you have slept since your childhood and try to describe them in one or two sentences focusing on sensations (smells, noises, textures). Likewise, have fun indulging in pastiche: picking up the style of an author you are particularly fond of. Or, practice spontaneous writing: For 15 minutes, force yourself to write down everything that comes to your mind, such as sensations, colors, shapes, and passing thoughts.
In our ultra-connected societies, where the separation between public and private space is difficult to establish, it’s essential to take time to be in the present, far from the constant solicitation of notifications. Creative writing allows you to give yourself the chance to live those almost meditative moments where, for a few minutes, there is nothing except you and your pen.
A way to focus on yourself
To reap the benefits of creative writing — improving your sleep, stimulating your creativity, and reducing your stress — get in the right place. Isolate yourself in a quiet and well-lit room, make sure you are not disturbed during your session (which can last between 20 minutes and an hour), and switch off your cell phone.
If you’re using a computer, it’s essential to deactivate your Wi-Fi connection to avoid distractions from the untimely arrival of an email or text. At the end of a session, whatever the level of satisfaction you have with your artistic production, you will undoubtedly feel the benefits of this soothing break, which allows you to gently sharpen your concentration.
An original gift to offer to your loved ones
Have you practiced creative writing diligently for a few weeks? Are you satisfied with your progress? Why not share your prose with your loved ones? All you need to do is transcribe your work to a computer (if you weren’t writing on a computer all along). Printed on pretty paper and expertly laid out, your text will create so many opportunities to evoke common memories, to move or amuse your reader, and to reveal your hidden talent.