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Utilizing the VARK Theory to Identify Your Writing Strategy

If you do an internet search on ways to get yourself writing, you’ll find hundreds (if not more) suggestions varying from “give yourself a strict goal,” “let yourself drift off and let the words come,” and all the iterations in between. The truth is, there is no one way to get creative. There are ways, however, to best identify how you get creative. So how do you figure that out?

The first thing is to identify what inspires you, and then come up with a group of something based on that method to Pavlov’s dog you into writing.

For this, we’re turning to a popular theory on learning, the VARK model. VARK is an anagram for Visual, Auditory, Reading/writing, and Kinesthetic. A person’s learning preferences can generally be sorted into one of these four categories, sort of like Hogwarts houses. It makes sense, therefore, that your writing preferences can also be inspired by one of these types of learning methods. You can take the test to find out what your style is.

If you are a visual learner

You like to learn things through the depiction of information. You prefer maps and diagrams to written words explaining things. This kind of learner could use pictures and storyboards to inspire them in their writing. Do a search on vision boards, set up a Pinterest account, or create a virtual collage to help trigger your writing.

If you’re an auditory learner

You like to learn things through hearing them. Your inspiration might come from creating a playlist based on your characters, listening to an actor read a relevant piece of writing or poem, or listening to a clip from a movie. Play a certain playlist or soundtrack each time you sit down to write; that aural cue will help get your writing going.

If you learn things through reading/writing

You learn through words. The best way to inspire yourself might be to assemble quotes from your favorite authors, quotes about writing, or just reading a book in your genre. This one? Well, there’s no better thing to do than to just sit down and write. Maybe copy and paste a favorite kickass quote at the top of your page to get you going.

If you’re a kinesthetic learner

You learn through doing things. You might find inspiration from acting out your own characters’ scene, or dancing as your characters would (particularly if you write in a historical period). Prior to sitting down to write, try blocking out the next scene you’ll be writing as though you were an actor in a play.

What inspires you the most?