Establishing an Environment for Creating
In her essay
When you enter your workplace each morning, your mind shifts into work mode. Your environment instantly triggers a change in your thinking and behavior. To get your mind into creative mode, designate a place solely for the purpose of self-expression. It might be a room in your home, an attic alcove, a sunny spot in your yard, or a corner of your garage. If your home doesn't allow you the space you need, find a place elsewhere. You might like to go to a little café near your home to write. Perhaps you could find the privacy you seek in the local library. A walk in a park might stimulate your imagination. When you enter your special place, your consciousness immediately shifts gears and enables you to focus on creative pursuits.
Establish a ritual to prepare yourself for self-expression. Brew a cup of coffee. Light incense. Take a bath. Play an inspirational CD. The routine becomes a stepping-stone to creativity. Like Pavlov's dogs, which salivated when they heard a bell ring, your subconscious will soon connect the ritual with your objective and start producing ideas.
Remove distractions — television, radio, telephone, reminders of daily tasks — so you can concentrate. Set a goal for yourself. You might opt to write two pages of prose or draw for twenty minutes, even if you end up throwing away what you've done. Through repetition and dedication, you develop the habit of creating. After a while, it becomes second nature. And, as is true with everything, you'll improve with practice.