When a person mentions getting out of your comfort zone you may have visions of bungee jumping, swimming in a shark tank, or skiing down tricky slopes.
I haven’t the slightest idea why, but for some reason these things don’t always appeal to people. Go figure. Luckily, for those of us who don’t feel the need to engage in death-defying stunts, you can use something much more mundane to spark creativity.
As a matter of fact, changing even one thing in your typical daily routine can be enough to give you more ideas. Taking a different route to work, for example, can put you in unfamiliar territory (you might want to make sure you don’t end up in a dangerous part of town first) which can give you tons of ideas. No, really….it’s true!
Have you ever tried to envision a setting for your book, but been unable to really make it pop into the reader’s mind? Just borrow some of the aspects of the new place you see. We take a lot of things for granted so it can become difficult to bring things to life for a reader. It’s easy to rely on descriptions like, “the warm apple and cinnamon aroma of dutch apple pie”, but maybe you can find a different way to describe it.
In honor of trying minor changes to help spark creativity, here’s a suggestion for a difference of the culinary variety: add some spices to egg dishes.
One morning as I was making an omelet and thinking about how plain the egg looked, I took a chance and threw in some spices. I have to admit that I pretty much gobbled up that omelet in 2.4 seconds. I did, however, manage to really savor the first bite.
My very next thought was, “Why don’t restaurants put spices in their omelets?”
I like brunchy-type ingredients in my omelets so I usually include onion, mushrooms, baby spinach, Colby-Jack cheese and a meat like turkey or ham. I also pop in some chopped tomato upon occasion.
Here’s what I use to add some spice once in a while: oregano, rosemary, thyme, parsley, pepper, marjoram and bay leaf.
If you’re not keen on a lot of flavor just put small amounts into your egg before you go crazy with them. I also tried a breakfast egg bake that looked a bit dull, so I added spices. Good stuff, and then a bunch of other ideas poured forth and though they were mostly food ideas, it led to other ideas. It was also so cute that I had to take a picture. To say I was proud of myself might be a bit of an understatement.
At the very worst, it’ll remind you to describe important meals with more attention to detail. A starving character presented with a feast will have two options: gobble without tasting, or eat slowly to enjoy every moment. How your character approaches such a moment, will tell the reader more about the character, without boring asides.
So what do you think of when you think about getting out of your comfort zone? Please feel free to share your methods for sparking creativity so everyone can benefit.
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