Unlock Your Creativity
Posted on July 25, 2000
by Michael Southon
The Internet is a highly creative place. Every day people
are launching new business solutions, writing new software,
creating new scripts that do things we couldn't imagine just
a few months ago. And in the publishing world, a quiet
revolution is taking place. People who never dreamt of being
authors are writing and publishing their own eBooks.
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A key to succeeding on the Internet is your ability to come
up with new ideas. But where do creative people get their
One day in the mid-1970's a young man stumbled into a diner
somewhere in the United Sates. Slung over his shoulder was a
kit-bag that contained everything he owned. He was unshaven
and needed a shower badly. He had very little money, but
enough for a phone call.
He rang his bank and asked how much was in his account. A
woman's voice informed him, to his amazement, that the
balance in his account was four million, three hundred
thousand dollars. His name was Richard Bach. Six months
before, he had submitted a short story, barely 10,000 words
long, to a New York publisher. For the last three months he
had been living the life of a nomadic 'barnstormer',
sleeping in fields under the wing of his bi-plane. He had
been completely unaware that his manuscript, titled
'Jonathon Livingstone Seagull', had become a run-away
Years later, Richard Bach talked about how he got ideas for
his writing. He referred to what he called his 'Idea
Fairies', silent intimations that came to him and whispered
in his ear.
To capture those ideas you have to be very alert, because
they're often barely audible. They'll come to you
unexpectedly, early in the morning, when you're in the
shower, or late at night as you're drifting off to sleep. Or
they may come to you after meditation.
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Meditation is an excellent way of tapping into your
creativity. Why? Because in meditation you go beneath the
surface level of thought, where most of us spend most of our
time. In meditation you dive down into a much deeper
current, a subterranean stream of creativity that runs
through all of us.
As well as being alert and keeping an open mind, another key
way to get new ideas is to read.
Ideas are living things, and like any other living thing,
they meet and fertilize each other. When you read an article
or a book, your ideas are coming into contact with someone
else's, and something new is born. Indeed, that's the very
reason the Internet is so creative; millions of minds are
coming into direct contact in a way that has never before
been possible in human history.
This process of cross-fertilization happens spontaneously
and beneath the level of conscious thought. Suddenly you'll
have a new idea and you won't even know where it came from.
So when you're feeling stuck or feeling that you've run out
of ideas, read, read, and read some more.
Michael Southon is the publisher of 'The Free Directory of
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