Creativity Boosts


Today is about Boosting creativity. Where to go if you are stuck, what to do if you want to take things to another level. I am visiting some of my favorite Creativity Boosting sites and  ideas. Click on any of the links to find more ways to get the creative juices flowing. 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 Prompts

Fairy Wands made by The Girl for Creative Prompt: PURPLE

I became familiar with this concept when I first started to explore creativity. Furthering Jeffery Baumgartner’s freedom inhibits creativity, a creative prompt gives you a laser sharp place to focus and often produces unexpected and incredible results. Go to the website “Artquiltmaker Blog” and mouse over the AQ Creative Prompts Inspiration Page…  find lists of creative prompts by year and dozens of other prompt resources on the main page. Jaye’s creative prompt project is currently on hiatus however her library of prompts could keep you busy for years!

Each week we commit to be creative.

A creative prompt is given and we interpret that into a drawing, a doodle, a collage, a photo…any kind of creative work that suits you. We can design a quilt, make a sculpture from marble or Sculpey, mold something with clay, paint, or write anything we want in response to the prompt. There are no rules on medium or method. The idea is to develop a regular art practice.

From Jaye’s Creative Prompt Inspiration Page.

Another way Jaye encourages creativity is by perusing dozens upon dozens of books (She is a Librarian after all! Happy Library week dear friend — tell a Librarian thank you today!)

 

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

Now I have the built in “excuse” for this one! Thanks Sweets!

 

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: Eight tips for sparking your 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!!

 

 

7 thoughts on “Creativity Boosts

  1. Thank you so much for your link to my creative prompts! I really appreciate it and hope some of your readers will play along. It is fun to see responses to any of the words. I have been thinking about ‘Begin’ lately, the very first prompt. Perhaps I need to start over?

  2. Efsun says:

    Kathy, I would love to write a piece on creativity for the next round. I think some of the performing arts principles can be applied to everyday life in unlocking one’s creative power. What do you think?

  3. Wonderful tips here, I especially like the ~Do something childlike once in a while.~ Yes I agree that it helps a lot… and brings you in a better mood too.. happier.. which then gives you more energy…

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