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2 Ways to Enhance your Creativity [Choose One]

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2 Ways to Enhance your Creativity [Choose One]

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Creativity is a gift from Allah (swt).

Its expression is nurtured from your inner thoughts and mind-set to your outwards practice and actions.

Your creative work is unique to you. But you can enhance your creativity in so many ways.

Choose one of these two ways to get started.

Its your choice…

Reading vs. Writing

Reading: You will learn new ideas, words, meanings and expand your thinking.
Writing: You will expand your thinking and imagination; articulate your thoughts and feelings.

Reading: Will take you places you have never seen or been before.
Writing: Will stretch your thinking beyond what you ever imagined before.

Reading: Will challenge your views, thoughts and knowledge.
Writing: Will challenge your opinions, thoughts and knowledge.

Reading: Can change your world view.
Writing: Can change your creative outlook.

Reading: Will provide you solace, relaxation and escape from the chaos around.
Writing: Will provide you peace, outward flow and release of ideas from within.

Reading: There are unending words, rhymes, pages, chapters, books and volumes everywhere from libraries to bookstores and friends’ homes.

Its never been easier to read on the go.

Writing: There are unending writing resources – pens, notepads, keyboards, other technologies – so diverse, yet personalised to each persons creative intellect.

Its never been easier to write on the go.

Reading: You will find your dreams, fears, challenges, desires and imagination already moulded into perfect befitting words in ways you find almost unbelievable.

It gets you wondering, did this author hack into my thoughts???

Writing: You will find some of the thoughts you have put into words and written down unbelievable.

It gets you pondering, whatttttt??? Did I really think about all of this???

Between reading and writing, I have very little or no personal preference.

I try to engage in both for His sake – whether its seeking beneficial knowledge, relaxing in a halaal way, investing in my self growth or learning so as to teach, support and empower others.

I read purpose.fully and equally strive to write with purpose.

The joy of reading is a sweet and unexplainable one.
The joy of writing is equally pleasurable and beyond words.

It is important to let go – while reading as well as while writing. Let go of mental hindrances, inner voices, mindless chatter within, fear of not being good enough and so on.

You can…

Read a literary masterpiece for your mind, body and soul.

Or craft a literary masterpiece for your mind, body and soul.

And shake hands with yourself for those invested minutes or hours, traversing the mountain of words and world of ideas. Sooner or later, the decision will become clearer to you.

Immersing yourself in a word.y experience, or rather emerging from it.

”Recite in the name of your Lord, who created. Created man from a clinging substance. Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous. Who taught by the pen. Taught man that which he knew not.” (Al-‘Alaq 96: 1-5)

*****

”And if whatever trees upon the earth were pens and the sea [was ink], replenished thereafter by seven [more] seas, the words of Allah would not be exhausted. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” (Luqman 31: 27)

Its your choice.

Over to youIn which way do you easily enhance your creativity? Through reading or writing?

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20 Comments

  1. A.malik March 22, 2016

    i am so surprised when i see these two together. i am in love with reading and writing. when i am upset or worried about ……… i write what the challenge is..
    but for now i would like to but it in good use for now on. thanks for ….. everything out there.
    i don’t even have the words to say. THANKS waa Jazaka allah khyral jazaaa sis

  2. Kai | Lilpink March 19, 2016

    love love reading and writing. i personally read to widen my knowledge and of course to learn more writing styles from authors. i write to get my opinion out and practice for better pieces. <3

  3. nakida March 10, 2016

    Growing up the hardest subject for me was writing, i hated it and to the this day I still loathe the thought of writing any thing but having a blog motivates me to write more to become a better writer. So most of the time my inspiration comes from reading.

  4. Foz March 7, 2016

    I don’t write seriously enough..I know I have my blog but that is more of a daily record…. and recently haven’t been reading as much. Should really get back into both properly.

    I used to love writing at school and the English teacher was impressed with my short stories…should really try that again

  5. ayeina March 7, 2016

    indeed very hard to choose between the two!

    1. Amina Edota March 7, 2016

      It is same for me.

  6. Myda Tahir March 6, 2016

    JazakAllah sister for these tips and guidance,
    A single word came from a hundred reads,
    but reading doesn’t need to confined to books only, it can be newspapers, labels, wrappers, ingredients, billboards etc.
    but there is no match to an uninterrupted book read, very rare these days(for me).

  7. Creative Khadija March 5, 2016

    very well, I totally agree with you dear. Great article 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  8. Gemma Elizabeth March 4, 2016

    MashAllah. This is just the reminder I needed. To be a good writer you have to write AND read a lot. As a busy homeschool mum, I often prioritise writing over reading as it seems more productive. However I guess in the long-term it would be better for me to read more…. Yet another thing I need to balance in my life!

    1. Amina Edota March 4, 2016

      We surely need one for the other. I admit reading comes easier while writing requires more effort and discipline.

  9. Papatia March 3, 2016

    When I’m stuck or unispired, I read a book or watch a new TV show. I also pray that Allah guides me too to find the next inspiration masha’Allah. Great post sis Amina. You covered it well mA :)xx

    1. Amina Edota March 4, 2016

      Insha Allah Papatia…

      I’m sure you’ve had a lot of experience and practice with reading and writing for your published books.

  10. Rubina March 3, 2016

    Reading was my thing since I was a toddler. I practically grew up in libraries, I think a lot of my creativity stems from reading!

  11. Shahira March 1, 2016

    I was an avid reader. Then marriage , pregnancy and baby happened. So now its almost neither of reading and writing. With blogging slowly trying to get back into it.!

  12. Amina March 1, 2016

    I have to say that I love both reading and writing. I just wish I could take both and make a career from it. I do my blog, and am a MOM. A bit more reward would be so wonderful!

    1. Amina Edota March 3, 2016

      Baarakallahu feek. What can I say? I can relate to loving both too…

  13. Fatima March 1, 2016

    I do read. Infact, I read a lot especially when I am researching on a topic. It adds a lot of knowledge.
    I remember when I was in school, they used to focus a lot on reading books and novels. We used to get summer homework of reading books and them reviewing them in a creative scrap book.

    1. Amina Edota March 3, 2016

      You are absolutely right Fatima, reading does add to one’s knowledge base and overall development.

      And this goes to show the important position of ‘writers’ and ‘writing’.

  14. Nadiya February 29, 2016

    I read. I won’t say that i am an avid reader
    But any span of time when i am doing nothing, i actually read.

    I have tried writing as well but i came out as pathetic and lost in thoughts and in search of apt words to express my thoughts.
    And what i think is the way to initiate writing is to make a grip upon reading because writing wants prior preparations as that of being thorough with vocabulary and expressions.
    Also one out of the box thinking is required.

    1. Amina Edota February 29, 2016

      My first love was actually reading ~ right from childhood. And just like you writing started as something difficult, looking for the right words to express my thoughts and ideas. Plus my perfectionism mind set didn’t help much.

      However the more I write, the easier it becomes. Right now I can’t imagine not writing. The more I write, the more words/ ideas need to be let out. Reading definitely helps, I can testify to that from my young readers whose teachers get ‘wowed’ at the level of words they use.

      Keep reading (and practicing with your writing, don’t worry if it doesn’t make much sense initially :))

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