10 Ways to Spark Creative Connections

I shared yesterday that my writing coach challenged me to use the intuitive side of my mind for my first approach to problem-solving during the month of March, and how doing so has been challenging, educational, and surprisingly beneficial.

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One unexpected benefit came by what I like to call the “red car” effect—the tendency to notice red cars (or anything else) the second you start thinking about them. By keeping the idea of intuition/right brain thinking top of my mind for the past month, I began to notice it more often. By noticing when my intuition was engaged, I was better able to take advantage of the insights it offered.

I also started to notice some of the approaches that helped me to engage the more intuitive side of my mind when writing, and thought I’d share them with you. Hope these are helpful!

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Embracing Intuition

On Mondays, I write about things to love about writing and the writing life…please join me as I celebrate the Writer’s Journey! This week’s topic: intuition and how it can help your writing.

The Intuition Experiment

This month, my writing coach gave me a challenge: every problem or challenge I faced, I was to approach it first using my intuition, or “gut feeling.” Only then (if still needed) would I use my usual, analytical approach.


You would think that, as a writer, I would be extremely in touch with my intuitive side. Intuition and creativity both require an ability to access a part of the brain that is less linear and logical—but the truth is that I tend to approach even creativity in a fairly linear fashion. For example:

  • I plot out novels in advance
  • I create timelines
  • I use a formula to help me write the dreaded synopsis
  • I analyze books to see how they are structured, how the authors handle transitions, how they parcel out backstory

There’s nothing wrong with any of these techniques. In fact, I frequently blog here about analytical approaches to writing and revision. So why would I commit to experimenting with this new approach to writing and life—one that was admittedly unfamiliar and uncomfortable?

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