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Creativity Is All About Listening to the Voice in Your Head.

Creativity Is All About Listening to the Voice in Your Head

And letting it express itself through you

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Have you noticed how easy it is to create when you’re all alone and in a quiet place? On many occasions, I’ve opened my laptop to write without any idea, but somehow, I start to write, and ideas start to pour. I’ve noticed that even if I have something to say but try to write in a noisy place, it’s almost impossible to write anything down. In a quiet place, I just listen to myself and let my mind takeover

Musicians are that way too. They hear a sound in their head, and they try to recreate whatever they’ve heard in the studio. We all have creativity within us. We all have that voice that’s trying to express itself through us.

The people who are popularly tagged as creatives have mastered the art of allowing the voice to express itself freely.

Think about an artist that makes abstract designs. How do you think they came up with the idea? It’s not completely from what they’ve seen, but from the eyes in their minds.

We all hear and see things in our minds, but many times, we discredit them because it would feel like we’re the ones just talking, and it’s nothing serious. Yes, your inner voice sounds like you, has your accent, and many people would argue that it is just you talking to yourself, but you shouldn’t wait until you hear a completely different voice before you know that it’s your inner voice speaking.

See your inner voice as your friend. People call them different things; I call it my guardian angel or the plain-old ‘my mind.’ The general term is the subconscious mind, though. But whatever you call it, there’s a voice in your head that’s there to serve you.

But if you don’t listen to it, you wouldn’t benefit from it.

We are all on a mission to find ourselves. We try new things, go to new places, and travel, all in the name of finding ourselves. But it’s more about finding our voice because the ‘self’ we’re seeking is and would always be within us. We just have to learn to listen to it.

And in all the noise, distractions, and activities in the world, listening to yourself can be difficult.

Traveling can be helpful too because it allows you to think and look into yourself due to the different circumstances. You see people with different culture thriving and surviving. You start to see that your way of life is not the only way. And all the while, you’ll be in your head having a conversation with your mind trying to figure things out.

It’s one of the reasons why Universities are essential. Many people find themselves or their voice in the University. You discover things in themselves that they hadn’t noticed before. You make mistakes, learn, and adapt to new realities. The absence from home lets you look inwards to see how you can adapt.

Looking inwards is where all creativity begins. Carl Jung said:

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

You can travel all you want, meet as many people as you like, and stay away from your comfort as much as possible, but if all those activities don’t make you more reflective, you’ve wasted your time because that’s what traveling and being alone gives you. You have to look deep into yourself to see what you want.

You have to get familiar with listening to your inner voice if you want to have something to produce continually. The good thing about it is, the more you use what the inner voice suggests, the more ideas it gives you.

It’s just you appreciating it for its excellent job, and the more appreciative you are, the more you get ideas.

“The problem with introspection is that it has no end.” — Philip K. Dick

It’s why writing in a quiet place is necessary. It allows you to listen to yourself. I get frustrated when I’m writing, and people around me are talking because I won’t be able to listen to myself. What I do is, I go somewhere with little distractions. I’d turn off the light, make sure everywhere is quiet, then start to write.

I admire people that write fiction because of how they can create captivating stories — I hope to write a best-selling fiction someday.

Final Note

Whatever you create starts from your head. Get familiar with the voice in your head, and it would do more for you than you can imagine.

All you have to do is listen.

Thank you for reading

Creativity Is All About Listening to the Voice in Your Head. was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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What I Do When I Feel Like Giving Up

I don’t remember all the motivational articles I’ve read by the way

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Sometimes reading inspirational articles stresses me, not to talk of writing them. We all have different situations and moods to deal with, so these motivational speeches may not be useful sometimes.

I’m not disputing motivational or self-help writers because doing so means contradicting myself. Because most of what I write here is focused on helping the next person. Whether we see it or not, we’re someone’s motivation. People look at all you do and find inspiration to keep going.

At the same time, you can also get fed up of seeing motivational articles. It happens to me a lot. Some days when my energy level is low, and I don’t feel like hearing and reading anybody’s content — I just want to lie down and do nothing.

It happened to me some days back. I didn’t feel like writing. I got tired of the whole concept of writing. I was feeling restless and just wasn’t in the mood.

You might think, how can this happen to me — the same person that preaches about writing every day. It just shows how human I am. We are not robots. We are humans with varying moods. Some days, we feel down, on other days, we’re energetic and can do anything.

It happens to everyone. You come on Medium and just browse through the headlines, and you wouldn’t be able to deal with it because it feels like everybody is saying the same things.

So you would instead not take any action and stay idle.

But in times like these, is when you need yourself the most. You need to find inspiration from within because you’re the only one that can save yourself.

Since you seem to be tired of what you do, and won’t listen to what anyone has to say, you’re the only one responsible for bringing yourself back to regular terms.

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Questions I ask myself when I feel like giving up.

When I feel this way, different thoughts start to pop up in my head. I begin to wonder if this is all there is to this writing thing. I would feel like doing quitting, but I’d give you a list of questions that usually bring me back to my senses.

I remind myself why I started?

Reminding yourself why you started is the key to understanding if what you feel is real or you’re just venting.

It is justifiable to quit if you started for the wrong reasons, but if what drove you to start is healthy, you should hold it firm. Because these bouts of confusion, show up from time to time. You would be faced with challenges or things that look like better options compared to what you do that would tempt you into doing something else. But you stick with what you do long enough; it would become more attractive.

You should always keep the reason for starting in your mind.

How would you feel when you’re no longer doing it?

Sometimes I would complain to myself and everyone ready to listen that writing is killing me, and I need to take time off. Then after about 6 hours of “taking time off,” I start to feel restless again and wonder why I’m not writing.

It would feel like I’m missing something — like something is not right. This has happened to me countless times. This is because writing has become a habit for me, and it’s now second nature.

If you decide to quit a project because you’re not in the mood, would you start to regret it later? If you think you would start asking yourself the “what ifs” then you should think again.

What’s your end goal?

What’s your end goal for your writing career or the project you’re considering quitting.

You started because you wanted to achieve something, right? So quitting would mean you’re no longer interested in achieving it. If you feel you’re okay with forfeiting the end goal, then you can go ahead.

Why do you want to quit

Yes, you still have to ask yourself this. It’s all about you. You’re the only one that understands how you feel.

Are you quitting for a reasonable reason? Are you quitting because you’re not in the right mood or who you are doesn’t align with the end goal anymore?

You must feel some type of way to start considering all these things. I understand because I’ve been there too, and I know how it feels. Whatever reminds you of what you do seems frustrating. You don’t want to get involved with it anymore.

But these things happen to the best of us. It’s part of the process. Sometimes the persistence that you hear about entails the battles you fight in your head.

You’re your best motivator. You know how to calm yourself down best. You know how to get inspired. Use it.

Thank you for reading

What I Do When I Feel Like Giving Up was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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