1. EXERCISE boosts brain power.
Moving around gets more blood and oxygen pumping to the brain, which gives you more ideas. (See Haruki Murakami’s essay on writing and running in the New Yorker.)
4. We don’t pay ATTENTION to boring things.
Elmore Leonard says, “Leave out the parts readers tend to skip.” Kurt Vonnegut called it “being a good date.”
7. SLEEP well, think well.
Get plenty of shut eye, and figure out when you’re most creative: it’s probably either early in the morning or late at night. NO ONE is creative during the mid-afternoon, and that’s why some of the greatest thinkers of all time were notorious for 3PM naps. (Salvador Dali napped with a spoon.) Hit a snag? Sleep on it: our brain is constantly working things out in our sleep. Keep a dream journal.
9. Stimulate more of THE SENSES.
10. VISION trumps all the other senses.
Words are seen, and stories are images.
12. We are powerful and natural EXPLORERS.
Even at an old age, our brain is still malleable. We can still learn new things and improve. It ain’t over ’til it’s over.
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