Creative Quiet: Your Refuge as a Yowling Creator

Creative Quiet: Your Refuge as a Yowling Creator

Have you ever felt frustrated and crazed by constant interruptions? Do you have to restrain yourself from gnawing on someone’s face just to finish a thought? This may be a sure sign that you need some “creative quiet.” Creative quiet is that silent space in your mind, reserved just for you, so you can maximize your flow. It’s a must have for any yowling creator. U.S. poet Carl Sandburg once said, “One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.”

Yowling Serenity

For about four years I worked at a radio station. The company piped in whatever was on the air 24-7. The office was always active, full of necessary interruptions, and constantly transforming due to cutting-edge creativity. Even the lunch room was chaos. While I liked the people, I found myself in need of some serene space where I could just gather my thoughts and be at peace.

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I found a tiny garden at a nearby church in the hub of Hollywood where I could sit on the ground, lean against a brick building, and eat my lunch. It wasn’t luxurious, and the trip shortened my lunch to only 15 minutes. But even relaxing under the shelter of the building’s eaves in the pouring rain, my creative quiet became paradise. It enabled me to return to work refreshed and renewed.

“If my work isn’t going well, I lie down in the middle of a workday and gaze at the ceiling while I listen and visualize what goes on in my imagination.” — Albert Einstein

Yowling Creator Tips To Help You Find Your Own Creative Quiet

  1. FIND A QUIET SPACE: It can be your office (with the shades and door closed, hanging an “out to lunch” sign), a park bench, the top-floor corner of the stairwell in your building, or even a rooftop.
  2. PUT YOUR PHYSICAL BODY AT REST: This may mean sitting in a comfortable chair, sliding down the wall and plopping on the floor, or even stretching out lengthwise.
  3. CLOSE YOUR EYES: This blocks out all visual distractions.
  4. BREATH DEEPLY: Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. This brings oxygen into the deepest part of your diaphragm. Some people call this “belly breathing.” It slows your heart rate, pacifies the pressured soul, and clears the chaos.

Keep engaging in creative quiet until you feel rejuvenated and can view your day and tasks ahead with a sense of impending satisfaction.

As a Yowling Creator, How Do You Do “Creative Quiet”?

32 Responses to “Creative Quiet: Your Refuge as a Yowling Creator”

  1. NiCollette Abrantes says:

    I was instantly drawn into the blog post when I noticed the phrase “creative quiet.” Quiet time is good for the mind, body, and soul, but it is not always that easy to place yourself in a quiet place, so you must be creative with your location. I don’t believe I have found my “creative quiet” here at APU. I struggle to truly relax amongst my busy and tentative schedule. All I’m ever thinking about are my grades, classes, and starting nursing in the spring. Finding a “creative quiet” is something that I need to put on the top of my priority list so that I can continue functioning from day to day and be the most productive that I can be.

  2. Erin Belluomini says:

    Quite. That is what I need. All to often friends invite me to study with them in the Library, but I know that sitting in a small study room with my friends is a recipe for procrastination. I have learned that the best place to write, for me, is outside where the air moves and clears my mind so I can create with greater clarity. I have also learned that I cannot be surrounded by people. When I am by myself I can close out the world and delve into the world I am creating, but when I am with friends I feel like I am living in two different worlds. One for creation and one for distraction. Finding “the place” to create is key in the process of how to work with the most easy.

  3. Crystal Reed says:

    “Crazed by constant interruptions” is the phrase that drew me to read more of this post. Distractions and interruptions are easily my biggest struggle as a student. My mind constantly drifts to other areas of life when I really need to get things done, and then I just end up procrastinating. I have learned, however, that my creative quiet is a place by myself, normally in a quiet room or outside on a nice day where there are not many people around. Being a people person, I will get nothing done with people around – all I will do is talk! But there always seems to be something that will get in the way and distract me even when I am by myself, such as thinking of more tasks I have to complete and when I will complete them. Eliminating these distractions and taking things one at a time is key to finding my personal creative quiet, so that my thoughts will be more focused and I can create at my best.

  4. Raul Fajardo says:

    Interruptions, Interruptions, Interruptions. By far the biggest factor that keeps me from finishing the majority of my work on a day to day basis. I tend to struggle with having to look at my phone, open up Facebook, or just get up from my seat and procrastinate. It’s a terrible habit to have as a student, but upon reading this blog I realized something. I’m only distracted because I SURROUND myself with all the technology and interruptions. I’m a fool to think that i’ll get any work done when there are so many things around me that will take up my time. I realize now that I should get away from all that and just find a quiet place to do my work. I’ll be much more productive that way.

  5. Ryan Hollifield says:

    Yes! “Crazed by constant interruptions” is exactly how to describe this. Simple littel noise just draw my attention from work and never let me focus. I cannot work with that or even the subtle things people do, it all distracts me and fusrates me. Right now, I am trying to study but cant because of all this noise in my house. SO annoying. Constant banging on the door. Gosh this is so hard.

  6. Kelsey Colbert says:

    When I first started writing, I’d always find myself frustrated because my roommate would always be playing music or talking and I had the hardest time concentrating. Being involved in music as a music major, I get so distracted by music. It consumes my mind and makes me want to dissect every part of a song instead of being focused on the task at hand. I have found that quiet simply works better for me. I started going to the library because the stillness soothed me. It was so quiet that coughing seemed to be the biggest distraction, and I enjoyed this. I was able to hear myself think and sort out my thoughts better.

  7. Scott Heathorn says:

    I can only focus on one thing at a time. For me, creative quite is all about getting away from everyone else that is part of my life. It does not have to be silent. As long no one there to stress me out, I can put my mind at rest. If people are texting me I’ll put my phone away for a bit. Once I lose focus on all the other things in my life I can redirect my energies to the creative process.

  8. Alex Cabral says:

    I would have to say that although this may be a good idea for some, I really do not work well in quiet places. Knowing that a room is completely quiet distracts me more. I like knowing that there is someone there that i can talk to if i need a little break from writing. I am definitely one of those persons that likes some kind of sound in the background

  9. Gabe Maceo says:

    A quiet place is exactly what I’ve needed. College life is full of distractions, and especially with the stress of finals and essays, a quiet place is necessary for any level of success. I have always found it extremely difficult to no become distracted by the smallest of movements or strangest of thoughts. I love it when I feel like I read the right blog at the perfect time!

  10. Alex Meyers says:

    Interruptions are my worst enemy. I’m one of those people when focused on something can’ think unless it’s completely quiet. Peace and quiet is what I need to focus on writing a paper or project for school. What I try to do if it is really noisy is try and put on some quiet background music to balance the tension between loud interruptions and music to my ears.

  11. Trevor Rogers says:

    While attempting to create, interruptions cause frustration and can severely detract from the quality of the work being created. While in “finals week” here at APU, it is essential that I find quiet places to work and study for my exams. For me, I like to sit at my desk, facing the wall, put on some calm music and completely forget about everything else that is going on. This helps me to focus completely on my task at hand. When using this method, I work much more efficiently.

  12. Ysmara Sainz says:

    THIS RIGHT HERE HELPED ME SO MUCH. YES. I live in house with my two little sisters and my parents. My parents are always working so I’m at home watching the kids and it is hard to finish my papers or homework in peace because one will walk into my room and ask me to make them food or the other will come into the living where I am working on a paper and ask me to help her with her math homework and I feel like I always get interrupted where I have this amazing thought flowing through my mind and then BAM it is gone just from a little question or a big BANG from their rooms and come to find that they are climbing on their bunk beds and playing princesses and pirates. But I finally found my quiet space when they are gone at school or at soccer practice.

  13. Suelen E Santos says:

    Some people say women can do many things at the same time. Well, that does
    not apply to me. When I am on the process of creating or studying I just cannot
    multitask. It is always a big challenge for me to be able to focus or concentrated.
    Finding my refuge is essential. I cannot be surrounded by anyone even a bird can
    distract me. Places like a park (with people walking or talking), libraries, or study
    groups do not work for me. I need a quiet place, as calm as it can be. And, there are a
    few accessories I need to get handy before I start, like my water, pen, all the papers
    and books I will need, so I do not have to stop and leave my work area to reach none
    of those. However, what works for me probably does not work for someone else.
    And this post became very helpful mostly because it does not show a formula based
    on the best place or the best moment of the day and so on. Instead, it guides the
    reader to find what works better for each one.

  14. Elena Medina says:

    When you are involved in many activities in your everyday life. It is difficult to find the right quiet place to put your body and brain to rest. There are many interferences all day long. It is impossible to leave our brain without interferences in a busy environment. When our brain is stoked our thoughts don’t flow smoothly. This is the time to make a stop and look for a quiet space. The decision is just for us. The tips in this article are very helpful and encourage us to find this space and let your body and brain relax. After your decision takes action your brain will be ready to continue in your process.

  15. German Tapia says:

    Working in a quiet place for me is impossible. When it comes to create a sermon for church, a paper for school, or any other written assignment, silence is awful. I have to be surrounded with noise. Noise for me is life. The only things that distract me are mental noises. For me, a mental noise is like a world of emptiness, death. What I mean with mental distraction is losing your job, worrying about how you are going to pay the bills, having health issues, or finding out the loss of a loved one. This is what takes me away from creating something.

  16. Daniel Vazquez says:

    I love the term “Creative Quite.” It really should be your own type of working enviroment. I can not stand working on anything when there is absolute dead silence. I hate when I feel like I can hear myself think or feel like I can hear the blood flowing through my body. I prefer to work in an eviroment that has a background noise to it. I write really well when I have music playing. That’s just me though, it could be different for someone else. Everybody needs to find a sense of comfortability in their working enviroment. Once you accomplish that, positive outcomes with start to show in your work.

  17. Austin says:

    This is one of my biggest problems when I am trying to create something like an essay or even finnish homework. I have to be in an environment that is comfortable but completely quite. My favorite place is my room on the weekend. My roommates have gone home and I lock the door and pretend like I am not in here. This allows me to be in my own creative environment that at the same time is very quite. The only type of work I can do when there is sound occurring around me is math and that is because there are no words normally involved. I have a very hard time reading and concentrating with even soft music going on in the background. When I am in a completely quite environment I almost always do my best work so that is what I strive to find. I am distracted for to easily otherwise.

  18. Beth says:

    I got stuck while working on a current essay. After reading this entry, I reflected about my only two work spaces and found that my surroundings for both locations are full of “chaos.” One of my work spaces is piled with clothes due for the hamper along with scattered crumbs from late night snacks. My other work space is surrounded by the sound of numerous people talking, printers shooting out papers, and keyboards constantly being typed on. This entry led me to wonder if a moment of refreshment for my brain would help me get “unstuck” from my essay. I walked away from my laptop and went over to some grass beds. I breathed deeply, prayed, and then played some Candy Crush. There is probably nothing more annoying than to realize that it is literally impossible to get past level 115. It made me want to do something else other than play that ridiculous and addicting game. Breathing helped make the world seemed like it slowed down. Praying gave me peace. After I did all these, I continued to write my paper. Who knew that all it took to buckle down and work on an essay was to just get annoyed with something else? In all seriousness, all I needed was a break. I needed to get away from my work space and find some REAL space from everything. I needed a way to be creatively quiet.

  19. Abby Ludlow says:

    My most quiet place is when I am outside on my patio. I love to hear the rain pour and refresh all the living things that it touches. Admiring God’s wonder and creation puts my mind to rest and gives me a sense of relief from all the chaos going on around me. Once you stop and take a step back you’re able to rejuvenate and relax. Prayer is also a big key factor to my creative quiet. Just talking to God fills my body with peace and I am reminded that he loves me no matter what and I can do all things through Him because He gives me strength.

  20. Marisa Walters says:

    I was drawn to this page because of the word refuge. In the past week all I needed was a refuge, a place where I can relax my mind from the busy world around me. With all the papers and tests that I have due in the next week this blog was able to help me. It helped me realize that all I needed was a quiet place to work and do my work.

  21. Skylar Burt says:

    I feel like I do find myself distracted by others in the room so finding a space where I can have time alone is definitely something I have started to find necessary as I begin my time in college. I also found the tip of putting the physical body to rest a good idea to try. I have usually put myself in a bit of an uncomfortable setting to try to make sure I focus on my work, but being in a comfortable setting seems to make working easier.

  22. Christian Caraveo says:

    As i write my papers and as i complete my assignments i do find my self at times to feel overwhelmed and distracted. Thankfully i have realized where my place of peace is and howto reach it. I simply put my headphones in, lean back in my chair, put my hands behind my head, close my eyes, and listen to the music as i allow myself to calm down and think. Not only does it allow me to relax but at time it also completely cures my writers block. with out that place of peace i know work would never get done, or at least done right.

  23. Sandra funes says:

    Personally I need silence to be able to create. At times can be challenging, because of the many distraction surrounding me. My creative spot does not like to share my attention with anything else, so if there is a distraction, creativity would not show up.

  24. German Tapia says:

    Being a good student is not easy. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work. You must love what you do, otherwise there is no satisfaction.

  25. CELIA BREWER says:

    Quiet Creativity is to not have any distraction and to put in order one’s thoughts. It’s to be able to talk with yourself, or close your eyes and to create. Quiet Creativity is to know to listen to the Creator’s voice.

  26. Quiet time is silent; it is a better time to stay within myself and be able to think creatively. Therfore, I am inspired to be better,at what I do. It is better to have the silence than than noise of the dryer, children, and the city noise. God’s words state that we are to enter our closet to better focus on our needs.

  27. Juan Recinos says:

    There are a lot of things going on around in our life that we forgot to take time to listening to our
    thoughts in our mind,
    working more than eight hours a day ,driving back and for in the heavy traffic is a real headache
    beside all activities on Sunday in our churches we end up so exhausted at the end of the day,but at the same time it is a right time to search for a quiet place with a cup of tea with a note book what instantly comes from our mind.

  28. karen soto says:

    Finding “the place” to create is key in the process of how to work with the most easy. I have learned, however, that my creative quiet is a place by myself, normally in a quiet room or outside on a nice day where there are not many people around. But the most important in this step is when I feel connected with my mind.

  29. karen soto says:

    Finding the place to create is key in the process of how to work with the most easy. I have learned, however, that my creative quiet is a place by myself, normally in a quiet room or outside on a nice day where there are not many people around. But the most important in this step is when I feel connected with my mind.

  30. Luis Renteria says:

    I have learned that the best place to write, for me, is outside where the air moves and clears my mind to be able to create more clearly. I have also learned that I can not be surrounded by people. When I am alone I can think better and see what I am creating, but when I am with someone else I can not concentrate. I get distracted much. Finding “the place” for your mind to begin building is key to the process.

  31. Liza R. Rocha says:

    In the preceding blog the question was posed “How do you do “Creative Quiet?” Although, I have always found it very challenging to carve out time in my schedule. I accept the importance of doing so to my creative process. Participating in the “Intro to Expository Writing” course where I am learning and putting into practice tools from the “YCW” to help me grow as a writer. I have been adding important tools to my tool belt. One of which is “Creative Quiet.” In reading the tips for attaining “Creative Quiet” outlined in this blog. I reflected on past practices and realized that I have already been incorporating all but one into my own process. The only one I have not put into use, was tip number 2. “Put your physical body at rest”. It is said the more we hear something the more likely we are to learn something. I know that it has been a part of the philosophy you have been teaching all semester. However, in reading this blog I was able to identify the step I had been missing. I immediately put it into practice and I was ecstatic, as I really sensed an increase in my creativity.

  32. Carmen Gutierrez says:

    When we create, we tend to focus our attention on what we think how we feel, and what we do but the role, and what we do but the role of the spirit for yowling creator is very important part of the creator is a very important part of the creation process, before we can conscientiously create we need to know our spiritual side and human identity feeds and hunters us on the journey to finish our task.

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