Surfing the (Creative) Flow, Literary-Style

Gigolo-Seduction 2012 Book Tour

Or, for those of you not in touch with your cosmic sides, how to come up with writing ideas.

I confess, I’m rarely short on ideas, actually, just time and sleep to bring them all into being. Still, on occasion I find myself needing to submit an article that just isn’t coming together, and I’m forced to use Other means to get the creative juices flowing.

For those who don’t know, in my other life I’m a lifelong intuitive and have done readings (and energy work) for others for years. Despite my natural intuitive gifts, or may in spite of them, I’ve never jelled with set divination systems such as the Tarot, I Ching, or anything that requires a close relationship to specific symbols and their meanings. More of a renegade, I often break from esoteric tradition and do what’s considered a chaos reading. Chaos magick is considered a contemporary practice of working with whatever you have, to intuitive ends. The method draws on the resources of what is right in front of me, and my ability to intuitively connect with it on the spot.

I am clairsentient, meaning, I can touch objects and read from them what they have to say about whatever situation I’m in, etc. Pretty nifty skill when I need insight on the fly. Over years of coming up with topics on the run, it only seemed appropriate to blend chaos readings with finding writing topics. Ultimately, I’ve honed a cool skill that keeps my mind open and my skills fresh.

Try this:

  • Think of the venue you need to write for, the qualities it embodies, and hold your mind open. If you are stumped on a current writing project, think about the part of it that needs attention.
  • Look around your immediate area and find three objects. Doesn’t matter what they are, but go with the first three that grab your attention. Don’t cheat and choose them with intention. Go with the first three that catch your awareness.
  • Remember the order you noticed them in and write it down.
  • For each object, go back and write down everything it stirs for you. What does it make you think of? What memories does it jog? What feelings are inspired? What senses does it affect? Be as descriptive or vague as you like. The point is that you be honest and thorough in regarding each object.
  • When you have exhausted how you relate to each object, write a summary statement for each, emphasizing how each leaves you feeling.

The order in which you engaged the objects is significant. The order carries the following associations:

  1. The first object represents the way you’ve been approaching the lack of topic, or the point in the project that’s unclear.
  2. The second object represents the change in how you need to approach it.
  3. The third object represents the best approach you can take on this project.

Now that you have identified clear feelings about each objects and how they relate to your project, you can form an overall connection to the project. For instance, I’ve been stuck on how to approach cover art for a current project. With that in mind I gather:

  1. bottle of lavendar oil
  2. pencil, old school style
  3.  a feather

(my desk is an odd mix of function and poof)
Lavendar oil helps me feel peaceful. Having it beg my attention tells me I’ve been too emotionally involved in determining this cover art.
The hand-sharpened pencil stirs feelings of a simpler time, when things weren’t overly complicated. It reminds me to keep this art organic.
The feather leaves me feeling like I can rise above. It tells me to trust my instincts.
Point to consider in deciphering the message before you are:

  • Where do these feelings manifest in my project? In the way I think about my project?
  • How can these feelings inform me of approaching this project in a stronger way?
  • How do these feelings foster your ability to trust your project’s process?

Remember, sometimes the information you get isn’t about manifesting the project, it’s about taking care of yourself while you do. In the throes of tending your own needs, clarity comes.

So. What sages are on your desk? What do they have to say about your current project? The next time you are stuck on a project, remember your allies are right in front of you—literally.

Originally posted at Laura DeLuca’s Blogspot.

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