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SENSORY inspiration

Stimulate your senses and refresh your creative muscles with inspiring ideas from Kerrie Flanagan

Creativity is at the core of everything we do as writers. Without it, our protagonists would lead mundane lives, articles would be boring lists of facts and poetry wouldn’t exist. Creativity is the fuel that breathes life into our writing and adds colour to the worlds and characters we create.

If creativity is a key to writing success, are there ways to enhance and cultivate this part of us? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, psychology professor, leading expert in this field and author of Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, believes there are. After years of studying creative individuals in different fields from science to the arts, he found ways we can develop our creativity and as a result, become stronger writers. It is much easier to be personally creative when you maximise optimal experiences in everyday life, he wrote.

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