Many brilliant writers have said that they are first, and foremost, avid readers. I too have found that my best writing is inspired by the work of other amazing writers, and so I endeavour to read as much as possible. Here are 5 ways in which reading makes you more creative:
#1. Perspective Shift:
Reading fiction allows you to take on aspects of the characters in the story. You can entwine yourself in their lives, and experiences. This ability allows you to empathize, and to shift your outlook. Understanding things from another perspective is an tremendous asset in creativity – it allows you turn a problem upside down; to explore it from all angles.
#2. Broadens Horizons:
The ability to imagine the lives of other characters, in different places, means that we can live vicariously through them. This often means that we get to experience things we normally have’t in our daily lives. Varied experiences greatly expand our creative minds, broadening the boundaries of what we consider possible.
Reading fiction has been shown to improve focus and concentration. The more you read, the more you improve your ability to concentrate deeply on one experience at a time, immersing yourself fully in the story. This can be hugely beneficial for the creative process; enabling you to apply that same focus to your own work.
The more we read, the better we become at crafting the story inside of our own minds. This is an essential ability for creativity, because it allows us to forge connections between seemingly disparate elements. This is one of the most important hallmarks of creativity.
#5. Stress Relief:
Reading fiction has been shown to have excellent effect in relieving stress. A calm, clear mind is essential to creativity, and can greatly improve the mind’s ability to form connections. Reading before bed has also been shown to be one of the most effective ways to get a good night’s sleep!
Do you think reading makes you more creative? Tell me in the comments below!
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