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I’m sure you know that creativity needs motivation – and we try to provide you that in various ways. On Saturday, we shared 20 Quotes on Writing to inspire you. Last week, we gave you 71 Blog Post Title Ideas. Today, we’re sharing wisdom from several creative people to help you stay and get even more creative!
50 Ways To Stay Creative
- Mindmap. Whether you use key words, images, colours, a hierarchy system, numbers, outlines, circles or random words, mindmapping gets your creative juices flowing.
- Finding inspiration in what other people have done and what has succeeded (or failed) is a great way to get your feet off the ground again.
- Take a moment to do something that makes you happy; that brings you joy; that you love; that centers you.
- Give gratitude. Thinking about all the things you are grateful for produces a positive energy flow and vibration.
- Be in the moment. Athletes call this ‘being in the zone‘. Give full attention to whatever you are doing: eating, washing dishes, making your bed.
- Flip through a book containing thought provoking images.
- Go to an art gallery.
- Practice asking yourself how to do something differently.
- Be Open. Never shut down or judge any idea that comes your way.
- Think on Paper. With a bunch of loose paper, start jotting ideas down. 1-10 is advice from Jacob Cass of Just Creative Design
- Practice thinking. Think about things and formulate some opinions. They may be right, they may be wrong, but I bet they’ll be interesting.
- Use life markers for ideas. Old photos, family stories, a journal entry, a souvenir from a trip, a collection you love or a piece of clothing–if you’ve saved it for a reason there is most likely a story there.
- Look at your life as if you’re a stranger. Good writing is made up of details so learn to see the details of your own life.
- Look at what inspires other people’s creativity and then put your own personal spin on it. But whatever you do make it your own and bring your own life and talents to the task.
- Make lists. What are your favorites? Foods, colors, flowers, cars, games, habits? What are your pet peeves, your thrills or your favorite vacation spots? Use lists to spark an idea and run with it. 11-15 is advice from Michelle Mittion of Scribbit
- Don’t plan. Plans are good for buildings, savings, exercise. But there comes a point when it’s time to face the stage, the page, the canvas or the blank screen.
- Let go. You heard me. Let go!
- Start fooling around. Splash the paint on. Scribble the words down. Sing.
- Notice when you surprise yourself. Keep playing around with that one good riff until you find the next one growing out of it.
- Get good amazing feedback. Don’t settle for everyday compliments.
- Enjoy not knowing. Isn’t it nice to have one small corner of your life where you don’t know what you’re going to do, or what’s going to happen? 16-21 is advice from Mark McGuinness of Lateral Action
- Don’t consume and create at the same time — separate the processes.
- Shut out the outside world.
- Reflect on your life and work daily.
- Look for inspiration all around you, in the smallest places.
- Start small.
- Just get it out, no matter how crappy that first draft.
- Don’t try for perfect. Just get it out there, asap, and get feedback.
- Constantly make it better.
- Ignore the naysayers.
- But let criticism help you grow.
- Teach and you’ll learn.
- Shake things up, see things in new ways.
- Apply things in other fields to your field, in ways not done before.
- Drink ridiculous amounts of coffee.
- Write all ideas down immediately.
- Read wildly different things. Especially stuff you disagree with.
- Get lots of rest. Overwork kills creativity.
- Don’t force it. Relax, play, it will start to flow.
- Allow your mind to wander. Allow distractions, when you’re looking for inspiration.
- Then shut them off when you’re going to create.
- Do it when you’re excited.
- When you’re not, find something else to be excited about.
- Don’t be afraid to be stupid and silly.
- Small ideas are good. You don’t need to change the world — just change one thing.
- When something is killing your creativity, kill it.
- Stop reading creativity advice, clear away everything, and just create.
- Most of all, have fun doing it. 22-49 is great advice from Leo Babuta of Zen Habits
- Keep visiting Write Tribe for motivation! 50 is fantastic advice from you know who! 😉
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