Two Sylvias' Weekly Muse: November 20, 2022
We hope you have had a wonderful week since last reading the Muse. For this week’s intro, we are revisiting a topic that often plagues writers—lack of inspiration and lack of motivation (often referred to as writer’s block). We have included quite a few strategies for getting your creative juices flowing again in past issues, but we recently came across a new method for reopening the innovative areas of our minds where new ideas reside.
According to Hal Gregersen, an executive director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), we need to revise and transform the familiar tool of brainstorming when it comes to the creation of new ideas. Brainstorming is often recommended as a traditional “cure” for writer’s block—without editing, write out as many new ideas as possible for poems, short stories, creative nonfiction, etc. Once you have your list, weed out the over-the-top ideas and focus on a few that have the potential to make a great poem or series of poem…