Top Ten Ways To Jump-Start Your Creativity

1 – Take A Tour of the Great Outdoors


Consider a hike in the mountains, a stroll beside the river, a run along the beach, a jog through the park or a walk around the city.

2 – Soak Up Your Surroundings like a New Sponge

Open your mind to the unknown and grasp the little details often overlooked in every day life.

3 – Read, Read, Read

Read anything that interests you… Regardless of whether it´s related to writing or not! Think variety – from trashy romance novels and bad tabloids to The New York Times and Writers Digest. Find something different to read that you are really interested in and then actually take the time to READ it thoroughly.

4 – Escape Reality Temporarily

Indulge yourself with rare pleasures – like a hot bubble bath, a professional massage, a visit to the beauty salon, a mini-shopping spree, a big bowl of REAL chocolate ice cream or just a little time ALONE!

5 – Play Like A Child

Forget your responsibilities as a mature adult for a few hours! Remember something you loved to do as a kid and re-create the experience now. Or participate in whatever game/activity/adventure your child enjoys more than anything else. Roll up your sleeves, abandon your inhibitions, throw caution to the wind and play – really PLAY like you did when you were 10 or 20 years younger!

6 – Quit Procrastinating

Finish that one particular project that you have been putting off for weeks.. Get it done now, so you can really focus all of your energy on new ideas and creative pursuits. If there’s one thing that clouds your thinking almost daily, make it go away today!

7 – Just Write

Write about anything. Write about the first thing that comes to mind – no matter how silly or irrelevant the subject may seem – put your feelings into words and get them down on paper as much paper as it takes! Keep writing about what you’re thinking about until you can’t think of any more words.

8 – Share Your Ideas, Opinions or Experiences with Someone Else

Whether you have to call our mom or a close friend, talk about what’s on our mind with somebody – almost anybody, who you know and trust. Interact with other writers on the web via e-mail discussion lists, open forums or critique groups.

Get your thoughts out there. Bounce your ideas off of somebody else. Share your feelings with others who can relate to your topic. Ask for feedback from people you trust.

9 – Identify Issues that are Important to You

Make a list of topics that you think matter in today’s world. Jot down at least ten subjects and then explore ways to transform these ideas into articles. Example of Issues: Child Abuse, Internet Technology, Scams Online, World Peace, Prison Reform, Senior Care, Freedom of Speech, School Choices etc….) Look at the headlines in your daily newspaper, think of recent stories broadcast by National news programs like 20/20…

10 – Search The Web

Look for articles and other resources related to creativity. Read stories written by other writers and/or try some creative writing exercises.

by Danielle Hollister

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