5 easy ways to boost creativity

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Welcome creativity seeking, sharing, loving, bliss boosting friends. As I sat down to think about boosting creativity I couldn’t help but think that MOST of you have even better ideas then I could come up with if I scoured the internet and other reference material for years. Fully half of my readers have ETSY shops showcasing their talents and those of you who don’t have an etsy shop probably should think about opening one!

So, today I am revisiting some of my favorite Creativity Boosting ideas. Click on any of the links to find more ways to get the creative juices flowing but at the end of my list I’m going to ask you to share your favorite tips.

Learn something every day 

I live by this one. Good advice for living!“Creativity often involves adapting an idea to make it your own. Continually expose yourself to new ideas and the creative well will never run dry. Always have a book on your nightstand, if you can. Download audio books or check them out from the library to play while driving or exercising. Above all, learn something from every  experience.” 

From the web site Here to Create‘s post entitled 9 tips to be more creative. The tag line from this blog is “We are here to create, not merely survive.”

Dictionary Diving 

This is a fun idea, I’ve tried it with the dictionary and other books. Works with pretty much any written page. “If you’re stuck for an idea, open a dictionary, randomly select a word and then try to formulate ideas incorporating this word. You’d be surprised how well this works. The concept is based on a simple but little known truth: freedom inhibits creativity. There are nothing like restrictions to get you thinking.

From Jeffery Baumgartner’s Ten Steps for Boosting Creativity.

Creative Sparks

Here is a great one for writers or anyone looking for another way of thinking, What if Creative Writing Prompts. What if? We love to frame questions like this. Fortunately these questions can typically help the creative juices flow as well. Try using these “what if” scenarios to spark additional ideas for stories, poems or whatever your heart cares to write.”  

From the site: LitBridge – a space dedicated to the professionalization of contemporary writers.

Do something childlike once in a while. 

…and you don’t have to have the children there as an “excuse” to do it. Sit and play on swings/draw/paint “silly” pictures — have fun. Children are incredibly creative and as adults we could learn a lot about how they view the world.

From 10 Ways to boost your creativity by Julie Plenty

Additional material: Childlike creativity: Nurturing Your Creative Mindset by Cat Robson for Talent Development Resources.

Read Random Magazines

“Every once in a while, I pick up several magazines that I would never ordinarily read. It’s surprisingly interesting and useful. And I love the feeling of possibility that I get whenever I browse in one of those stores that carries 500 different magazines.”

From Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project: 7 tips I use to spark my creativity. 

I expand on this tip by gathering a bunch of these random magazines and I rip out pictures or words that inspire or interest me. Just the act of grabbing and ripping the paper seems to get my creative juices flowing. Sometimes I make collages or vision boards to support what ever project I am working on, other times I just file any pertinent scrap that inspires in a folder I keep just for that purpose.

 

 So what about you? What are your favorite creativity boosting tips? We would all love to hear!!

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