Creative writers do suffer serious cognitive dissonance when debating the best approach to creativity; do you put your mind and soul into writing, or do you put your thoughts elsewhere?
Putting your thought elsewhere appears rather axiomatic, but is definitely less weird a creative writing mechanism as it seems.
I am not the only one who’s been hit with inspiration at a time of distraction, in fact many amazing work has been conceived at a time of total inattention. But the problem is there is no button one can push to unleash an “eureka”, so is the alternative a self-induced alteration of cognition?
One weird mechanism for triggering creative writing powers is by limiting awareness, of which mild intoxication is one route.
Regarding the relationship between alcohol and creativity, empirical evidence is a matter of debate, however, research like “Creativity on tap? Effects of alcohol intoxication on creative cognition”, from the journal Consciousness and Cognition, tend to supports the notion that alcohol can indeed positively influence creativity.
The concept is that interruptions from traditional problem solving can benefit creativity by refreshing inadequate mindsets while leaving room for unconscious working of the brain. In other word, while experts systematic problem solving can provide a step by step method, such efforts are only effective with prominent challenge but useless in less in reverse, it’s like trying to get new result by repeating an old strategy.
According to the study, cognitive control uninfluenced by alcohol generally supports creative cognition by facilitating the effective implementation of goal-directed processes, but it also showed that “focused attention may sometimes be ineffective and potentially even harm creative problem solving”.
Good attribute to alcohol, but we don’t necessarily require beer or wine to enter the so-called natural magic mode essential for unlocking our true creative ability.
Another weird idea that claims to bolster creativity is the concept of nothing. Reminding one of yoga, the concept of idleness doesn’t demand any specific sitting position or gesture in order to manifest, all one need to do is nothing.
Dr. Neel Burton is perhaps the biggest advocate of the idleness. It is believed that our brain’s original network and anatomy is activated when a person is daydreaming and mind-wandering, or when we are thinking about other people, remembering the past, and when we are planning ahead. In other words, when are mind if distracted from the work we want to accomplish.