It is the mid-year now. Being a creative writer myself, I know for a fact that when the New Year started, many of us right-brained professionals resolved to read as many books as possible. Well, even though it is one of the healthiest New Year resolutions for the people whose bread and butter comes from creativity and imagination, however, only a handful are able to fulfill it.
Today’s post is a wake-up call for those creative individuals who, somewhere among all the hassle of managing finances and coping with clients, forgot to read altogether. From reading I don’t mean going through Facebook posts or skimming over Newspaper headlines or Tweets. The true essence of reading indeed comes from a book.
So, following are some of the many ways in which the habit of reading books can help creative individuals in multitude of ways.
Sharpens the Imagination
The human minds works in a way that with each and every word in your memory, it associates an image. You should practice it sometimes. Just close your eyes and ask a friends to say different words. For instance, if he says “fresh” the Nano-second reaction your mind will give is to send an image of green, leaves or grass to your mid.
So a similar thing happens when you read. When you go through the words, your mind creates complex scenarios related to the things you are reading about, and whether you know it or not, this is the process of your imagination being sharpened.
Imagination is to creatives is what gasoline is to cars or food is for body. It is the very fuel on which the creative automobile runs. In this case, reading acts like an automatic exercise of your mind to produce imagination, and in turn, creativity.
Source of Inspiration
It does not matter on which subject the book is based on, it can act as a great source of inspiration for creatives. Basically, a book is an amalgamation of a million little things and any single aspect of a book can have its influence on a creative mind who is always in search of one. A book can inspire you in two ways.
One, as I mentioned before, any element of the book can give you food for thought for your next project. Reading is especially useful when people are having creative block. In such a case reading acts as a laxative to a constipated mind. Disgusting analogy, I know.
Second, it is a good source to learn from the experts. When art students first start in art schools, their first lesson is to learn about the masters and take inspiration from their ways. Books, especially good books and their writers have such effect on readers which acts helpful in their creative pursuits.
Good Relaxation Therapy
People in the field of creativity are constantly processing ideas and thoughts in their minds. In order to produce original work they bind themselves to the project, which can sometime end up in burn-out. For people with a tiring chained routine, reading gives a great opportunity to relax the nerves.
Reading is also a great source of entertainment. Although, watching TV or listening to music can also be considered a good soothing therapy, however, reading has its own peculiar unwinding effects for a restless mind.
Adds up to the Knowledge
A book is a composition of hundreds and thousands of facts, figures, stories and concepts. Regardless of which subject it belongs to, a single page of a book covers so many aspects of general knowledge any of which can prove helpful to a creative professional.
Especially if you are reading a book on the very thing you are working on, it can give you a world of information to be used and inspired from.
Helps You Write Better
Last, but not the least, good reading is most often influences good writing. Almost every famous writer has emphasized that in order to write well, one has to read god books. With reading you get different perspectives of things and also a look into different writing styles. And when you finally sit down to write, whatever you read previously helps you with smoother flow of thoughts for your writing.
Reading is one of the few practices that have only the advantages associated to them. Habits like these help them to relax and empower their creativity in so many ways. Reading gives a new perspective to how you look at things around you. Though it is a great practice for everyone, but most of all, for creative professionals it is almost necessary.
Reading not only help creative people to improve their knowledge and concentration, but is a great source of inspiration as well. As Victor Hugo most truthfully, once said “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”