With the long-anticipated latest Star Wars movie Rogue One being released in a few months, I thought it would be fun to apply the lessons learned in the first six movies to writing… So, enjoy Part 1 of 3 of this fun article series, and join me in my love of great storytelling!
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there lived a little boy and little girl who dreamed of growing up to be authors. There was something inside them (the Force, perhaps?) that pulled them, drew them, and beckoned them into writing. They came up with the most amazing tales, which astonished their parents and teachers. As luck would have it they grew up, and over time—on the battlefield of mundane living—they lost touch with their creativity until all that was left were distant dreams.
If you can relate, if you feel like your ambition succumbed to the Dark Side of the Force, then learn these Jedi-master skills to reawaken the creative spark within you.
1. “Remember, the Force will be with you always.” ~ Obi Wan Kenobi
You never lose the ability to be creative. It might go dormant, but it isn’t gone. So, how do you get it back? One thing I’ve observed is that adults don’t play enough! The power of play is sadly underrated. Learning to play again will reignite your imagination. It bridges the gap between problems and solutions. Grab some Legos, clay, crayons and a sketch pad (not all at once) and make something. You can even make a mess, and that’s okay! Get on your hands and knees and crawl on all fours around the house to see things from a different perspective. A simple change in perspective is enough to stimulate your creativity.
2. “The Force is strong with this one” ~ Darth Vader
Nurture the desire to write, whether its blogging, journaling, or getting your first novel started. Put your skills into practice. The more you write, the more you’ll feel like writing. Take action first and the feelings will follow. Make writing a daily practice. It doesn’t have to be perfect; it just has to be.
3. “Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, farm boy.” ~ Han Solo
Becoming a successful writer takes work and effort. First you “dust the crops” in a slow, single engine plane, killing weeds (time wasters, procrastination, disorganization), preparing the ground and conditioning it (playing, dreaming, practicing) so it becomes fertile soil. A time for planting and a time for reaping. Be patient.
Patience is not one of my natural strengths, but I learned to develop it with all the health issues I had while growing up. Patience doesn’t come easy to most people, but it’s something you need to learn if you’re going to be successful as a writer. After you’ve kept at it and put in your dues you’ll be ready for hyperspace!
4. Judge me by my size, do you? ~ Yoda
Somewhere in the Bible it says, “Do not despise these small beginnings.” And this gets back to patience. Success doesn’t come overnight, and neither does your novel or non-fiction book. It might take months (or years) of producing content, networking, and marketing before making your mark in the world of books. Don’t turn down small opportunities because you’re waiting for that one big break. Big breaks usually don’t come until you’ve taken advantage of all the little ones.
Discover more ways to become a Writing Jedi Master in Part Two!