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  • Kaching posted an update in the group Group logo of General WritingGeneral Writing 5 years, 7 months ago

    201 Ways To Arouse Your Creativity.
    Culled from http://www.writetodone.com
    1. Talk to a monkey. Explain
    what you’re really trying to
    say to a stuffed animal.
    2. Do something important
    that’s very easy.
    3. Try free writing.
    4. Take a shower; change
    clothes. Give yourself a truly
    clean start.
    5. Write from a persona. Lend
    your voice to a writing
    personality who isn’t you.
    6. Get away from the
    computer. Take pen and
    notebook, and go
    somewhere new.
    7. Quit beating yourself up. You
    can’t create when you feel
    ass-whipped.
    8. Stop visualizing catastrophes,
    and focus on positive
    outcomes.
    9. Stretch. Maybe try
    vacuuming your lungs.
    10. Add one ritual behavior. Get a
    glass of water exactly every
    20 minutes. Do push-ups.
    Eat a Tootsie Roll every
    paragraph. Add physical
    structure.
    11. Listen to new music. Try
    something instrumental and
    rhythmic that you’ve never
    heard before.
    12. Write crap.
    13. Finish something.
    14. Write the middle. Stop
    whining over a perfect lead,
    and write the next part or the
    part after that.
    15. Do one chore. Sweep the
    floor or take out the
    recycling. Try something
    lightly physical to remind you
    that you know how to do
    things.
    16. Make a pointless rule. You
    can’t end sentences with
    words that begin with a
    vowel. Limits create focus
    and change your perspective.
    17. Work on the title. Quickly
    make up five distinctly
    different titles. Meditate on
    them. What bugs you about
    the one you like least?
    18. Write five words. Literally. Put
    five completely random
    words on a piece of paper.
    Write five more. Try a
    sentence. Could be about
    anything. A block ends when
    you start making words on a
    page.
    Rejuvenating Tips from Joel
    at Lifehack
    19. Surround yourself with
    creative people.
    20. Develop a morning ritual.
    21. Do an info-dump so your
    head is clear enough to
    create instead of worry.
    22. If you’re a crime writer, read
    fantasy. If you’re a
    productivity writer, read
    something about slacking
    off.
    23. Imitate the real world.
    24. Drink too much coffee.
    25. Play chess. Go outside. Sing
    in the shower.
    26. Don’t be too precious about
    your work. If the doctor and
    the garbage man can do their
    jobs every day, then those in
    a creative line of work can
    too.
    27. Consume information by the
    bucket load. The more you
    know, the more you can
    create from that knowledge.
    28. Meet new people from
    different walks of life. Strike
    up a conversation on the bus.
    29. Shut out the world. Instead
    of sucking in new
    information, sit quietly.
    30. Creativity is a muscle.
    Exercise it daily.
    31. Carry a notebook
    everywhere.
    32. Write down a list of ideas and
    draw random arrows between
    them.
    33. If you’re not on a tight
    deadline, walk away and do
    something completely
    unrelated.
    34. Create a framework. Instead
    of trying to rely on pure
    inspiration, think within the
    box you create for yourself.
    35. Remove obstacles to
    creativity. That friend who
    calls to complain about their
    life can wait until you can
    afford to get stressed about
    their problems.
    36. Don’t judge your ideas until
    you have plenty to judge.
    37. Keep a journal. It can get
    your mind working.
    38. Stop telling yourself you’re
    not creative.
    39. Don’t be a workaholic. Take
    breaks.
    40. Experiment randomly.
    41. If one thing isn’t working, try
    a new strategy.
    42. Choose a topic and write
    about it as wonderfully or
    badly as you possibly can.
    43. Trash what you’re working
    on. Start again.
    44. Exercise every day, before
    you sit down to be creative.
    45. Spend time with your
    children. Or someone else’s.
    Tips from Amy Ng of Pikaland
    46. Experience sights, sounds
    and smells. Sitting still won’t
    bring new ideas in;
    experimenting and trying new
    things will.
    47. Maintain a certain pattern to
    the day. A morning bath can
    start your work with a fresh
    mind and spirit.
    48. Jot down notes every night
    before bed and actively place
    worries onto paper.
    49. Keep a box labeled for each
    project. Toss everything in
    the box, and don’t worry
    about misplacing things or
    ideas.
    50. Keep a different sketchbook
    for different topics and
    ideas.
    51. Try and find the pattern
    between things, and connect
    the dots between random
    things just for fun.
    52. Practice, practice, practice.
    Dan Goodwin’s Wakeful Ways
    at A Big Creative Yes
    53. Let your mind wander and
    come up with whatever it
    wants to.
    54. Wake up ten minutes early,
    then go back to sleep and
    dream.
    55. Focusing entirely on one
    sense. Creative stimulation
    comes through our senses.
    56. Imagine waking up
    somewhere distant and
    exotic.
    57. Recall your creative triumphs.
    It means you can create
    something equally wonderful,
    if not more so, again. In fact
    you can go out and create it
    today.
    58. Count your blessings. As well
    as feeling happier, it will
    inevitably help you be more
    creative too.
    59. Choose just one creative aim
    for the day. What one
    creative project can you
    begin/continue/finish today?
    A few rules from Steve
    Pavlina
    60. Define a clear purpose.
    Vague intentions don’t
    trigger the flow state.
    61. Identify a compelling motive.
    You need a reason to be
    creative.
    62. Architect a worthy challenge.
    If a task is too easy, you
    don’t need to be particularly
    creative, so your creative self
    will simply say, “You can
    manage this one without
    me.”
    63. Provide a conducive
    environment. The optimal
    environment varies from
    person to person, so you’ll
    need to experiment to find
    what works best for you.
    64. Allocate a committed block
    of time.
    65. Prevent interruptions and
    distractions.
    66. Master your tools. Creating a
    tangible piece of creative
    work requires tools such as a
    computer, guitar, or pencil.
    You must achieve basic
    competency.
    Old Fashioned Advice from
    Mirko of Designer Daily
    67. Clean up your working space.
    Even if you are not a cleaning
    addict, a tidy desk helps to
    create a fresh start.
    68. Go jogging. Running is a
    great way to refresh your
    brain. The effort will also
    bring satisfaction. Self-
    esteem is good for creativity.
    69. Drink a beer with your
    buddies. Being happy will
    make you more productive. It
    will also give you greater
    enthusiasm.
    Creative encouragement
    from Jacob Cass at Just
    Creative Design
    70. Mindmap. Whether you use
    key words, images, colours, a
    hierarchy system, numbers,
    outlines, circles or random
    words, mindmapping gets
    your creative juices flowing.
    71. 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.
    72. Take a moment to do
    something that makes you
    happy; that brings you joy;
    that you love; that centers
    you.
    73. Give gratitude. Thinking
    about all the things you are
    grateful for produces a
    positive energy flow and
    vibration.
    74. 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.
    75. Flip through a book
    containing thought provoking
    images.
    76. Go to an art gallery.
    77. Practice asking yourself how
    to do something differently.
    78. Be Open. Never shut down or
    judge any idea that comes
    your way.
    79. Think on Paper. With a bunch
    of loose paper, start jotting
    ideas down.
    Artistic techniques from
    Karen Daniels at Write to
    Done
    80. Get some crayons and warm-
    up your creativity. Get a
    piece of paper and draw a
    totally useless picture of
    nothing at all.
    81. When you feel done, use a
    crayon to proudly sign the
    picture. Now, put your picture
    in a special frame and hang it
    on the wall.
    82. Name the colors in a box of
    crayons. Name them with
    abandon, using words like
    squashed-pea-green,
    severed-arm-blood-red, or
    dancing-fairy-silver.
    83. Next time your writing gets
    stuck, pull out your crayons
    and look at the colors.
    Remember the names. Write
    a few silly sentences. Then
    keep going.
    Inspiration from Jennifer
    Moline on Fuel Your
    Creativity
    84. Take it outdoors. The best
    inspiration is often free. Go
    for a hike. Take your laptop
    to a park. Look all around
    you. Soak up your
    surroundings.
    85. Head to a café. There’s a
    reason home-office folks
    don’t always work from
    home; they crave other
    humans. A change in
    surroundings can recharge
    your brain.
    86. Get some training. Not only
    could you learn something
    new, but it’s also an excellent
    opportunity to network.
    87. Volunteer. Getting your
    hands dirty for a good cause
    can be the source of more
    inspiration than you’d ever
    imagine.
    Guidance from Alison Motluk
    on New Scientist
    88. Embrace your inner grouch.
    Discontent may just be a
    vast, untapped source of
    creativity.
    89. Let your mind wander. A
    wandering mind may allow
    your brain to search more
    widely for connections that
    could trigger a “eureka”
    moment.
    90. Play an instrument. It may
    help you to think with both
    sides of your brain at once.
    91. Colour your world blue. It
    may be nothing more than an
    association with big skies and
    the open seas, but beholding
    the colour blue makes you
    more creative.
    92. Seek out creative company.
    The best ideas are forged
    not in moments of solitary
    genius, but during exchanges
    with trusted colleagues.
    93. Be more playful. Horsing
    around may be better in the
    long run than hunkering
    down.
    94. Raise a glass. Many of the
    most creative pursuits – jazz,
    for instance, and poetry – are
    associated with heavy
    boozing, but can a dram or
    two really help?
    The dirt from Joel Reyes on
    Design Revive
    95. Aim at being unique, not
    ordinary. Go right past the
    dull.
    96. Cataloging your ideas is
    productive because it allows
    you to go back and take a
    second gander while viewing
    your ideas on much larger
    scale.
    97. Use visual structuring.
    Getting your paper and pencil
    out not only lets you see
    your ideas on a physical level,
    but it will make you feel like a
    kid again.
    98. If all else fails, keep working.
    Some individuals work better
    as they reach their breaking
    point, they excel and take
    flight in the hardest of times.
    Perfect insights from Diggy
    on Goodlife Zen
    99. Stop being (other people’s)
    perfect. The expectation of
    making something perfect
    uses up emotional energy
    that you could put to much
    better use being creative and
    artistic.
    100. Ask yourself if you’re doing it
    for the right reasons. Even if
    you are not the best in the
    world at something, if you
    are really passionate about it,
    your passion can be an
    inspiration and motivation for
    others.
    How-to’s from Mark
    McGuinness of Lateral Action
    101. 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.
    102. Let go. You heard me. Let
    go!
    103. Start fooling around. Splash
    the paint on. Scribble the
    words down. Sing.
    104. Notice when you surprise
    yourself. Keep playing around
    with that one good riff until
    you find the next one
    growing out of it.
    105. Get good amazing feedback.
    Don’t settle for everyday
    compliments.
    106. 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?
    A little advice from Julia M.
    Lindsay of Our Little Books
    107. Have clearly defined goals.
    This will help direct your
    attention to a purposeful
    outcome.
    108. Have balance between your
    skills and challenges. Too
    easy, you’ll be bored. Too
    hard, you may feel
    frustrated.
    109. Avoid multi-tasking. It is
    impossible to get immersed
    in an activity if you are not
    totally focused on it.
    110. Set aside a time to do non-
    productive tasks. Activities
    such as reading your e-mail,
    tweeting and making phone
    calls should be done at a
    defined time.
    111. Before you start, clean your
    desk, make sure you have
    the equipment you need,
    adjust the temperature and
    make sure the noise level is
    optimal.
    112. Adjust your goals as your
    skills increase.
    113. Avoid engaging in mindless
    tasks such as TV. Mindless
    activities are usually passive
    and decrease flow
    experiences.
    One trick from James
    Chartrand of Men with Pens
    114. Just say screw it. What I do
    know is that everyone gets
    jammed sometimes, even
    the pro writers you look up
    to. And when that jam
    happens, it’s important to
    remember that no one
    forgets how to write well. It
    doesn’t disappear. It’ll always
    be there. And maybe…
    maybe you just have to say
    screw it and stop looking for
    it so hard.
    Unblockers from Brian Clark
    of Copyblogger
    115. Avoid logical thinking. It’s
    often the enemy of truly
    innovative thoughts.
    116. Break the rules. Look at
    creative thinking as a
    destructive force. You’re
    tearing away the often
    arbitrary rules that others
    have set for you.
    117. Stop being practical.
    Practicality stifles innovative
    ideas before they can
    properly blossom.
    118. Allow your mind to be at play.
    You’ve heard the expression
    “work hard and play hard.”
    They’re the same thing to a
    creative thinker.
    119. View yourself as an explorer.
    In an era of hyper-
    specialization, it’s those who
    happily explore completely
    unrelated areas of life and
    knowledge who best see that
    everything is related.
    120. Give yourself permission to
    turn everything that’s
    accepted upside down and
    shake out the illusions.
    121. Give yourself permission to
    be a fool and see things for
    what they really are.
    122. Reject the false comfort of
    clarity. Ambiguity is your
    friend if you’re looking to
    innovate.
    123. Free yourself to make
    mistakes. Just try out your
    ideas. Ask yourself, what’s
    the worst that can happen if
    I’m wrong?
    124. Strip away all of your
    delusions and acknowledge
    that you’re inherently
    creative, and then start
    tearing down the other
    barriers you’ve allowed to be
    created in your mind.
    Motherly advice from
    Michelle Mitton of Scribbit
    125. Practice thinking. Think about
    things and formulate some
    opinions. They may be right,
    they may be wrong, but I bet
    they’ll be interesting.
    126. 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.
    127. 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.
    128. 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.
    129. 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.
    Dos and Don’ts from Paul
    Indigo of Beyond the Obvious
    130. Don’t sit and write lists of
    ideas. All you’re doing is
    intellectual foreplay and
    pussyfooting around the
    problem. You’re not dealing
    with it head on.
    131. Don’t give up and sit sulking
    in the corner. Sooner or later
    you’re going to have to come
    out. You’re just prolonging
    the pain.
    132. Don’t compare your work to
    other peoples’. Everyone is
    unique. You have to find your
    own creative voice.
    133. Don’t choose the company
    of doubters and negative
    people. They will just pull you
    down.
    134. Do pick up your camera (or
    you pen) and start taking
    pictures (or writing) of
    anything and everything. One
    idea will lead to another.
    135. Do set yourself an achievable
    target.
    136. Do challenge conventions
    and the norm. Challenge
    everything you’ve learnt.
    137. Do think in terms of
    opposites, conflicts and
    interesting juxtapositions.
    138. Do realize and remember
    that all creatives feel the
    same as you do from time to
    time and some of the most
    successful are driven forward
    by tremendous self doubt.
    Turn the negative feelings
    into positive self motivation.
    139. Do surround yourself with
    people that believe in you
    and want you to succeed.
    This kind of support makes a
    world of difference.
    An abundance of ways from
    Marelisa Fábrega of
    Abundance Blog
    140. Stop second-guessing
    yourself.
    141. Experiment with different
    media: music, photography,
    writing or drawing.
    142. Read one page of the
    dictionary every day and write
    down any words that catch
    your attention.
    143. Show up even if you’re not
    feeling creative.
    144. Immerse yourself in the task
    at hand: do your research,
    read everything you can
    about your subject, attend
    seminars, ask experts for
    their input, and so on.
    145. Be curious about everything.
    146. Exercise during your lunch
    break.
    147. Go to the playground. Play
    hopscotch, jump rope, climb
    on the swings, and climb on
    the jungle gyms.
    148. Awaken your sense of
    wonder. Take yourself on
    some small festive
    adventure.
    149. Think of something routine
    you do on a daily basis and
    find a way to give it a little
    more pizzazz.
    150. Let your body contribute to
    your creative process by
    blaring the music and
    dancing around the room.
    151. Surround yourself with
    inspirational props, whether
    it’s books on creativity,
    images you find inspiring, or
    creativity quotes.
    Food for thought from
    Kristen Fischer on Freelance
    Switch
    152. Set aside a day. By making
    time to devote one day to
    your project of choice, you
    may be able to unblock
    everything by focusing on
    just one task.
    153. Alter your atmosphere. Try
    putting up some new art,
    rearranging the furniture or
    clearing out some clutter.
    154. Battle the blabber. Examining
    the psychology of feeling
    blocked may help you to
    unblock, and yes, writing
    about it can help you to
    untangle some knots inside
    and be able to finally, finally
    create.
    Some juicy tips from Tom
    Walker on RobsWebTips
    155. Hypnosis. Although some
    people may be skeptics,
    hypnosis and other forms of
    meditation can be perfect for
    relaxing the mind and body
    and getting your creative
    juices to running freely.
    156. Timer challenge. It might be
    useful to time yourself when
    you are working using an
    online timer. This will show
    you how productive you are
    being, and often when we
    are timed, we simply keep
    going and going.
    157. Identify your creative times.
    Choose those times when
    you know you will be the
    most creative.
    158. Don’t Force It. Stop. Do
    something else. When you
    get back you will feel far
    more refreshed and ready to
    get started.
    Positive thoughts from
    Henrik Edberg of The
    Positivity Blog
    159. Generate a boatload of ideas.
    160. Take a trip outside your
    personal bubble.
    161. Criticize later, or some part
    of your mind may feel
    threatened and shut up and
    withdraw.
    162. Build it. Like so many things
    in life creativity is a bit like
    lifting weights. If you train,
    over time you’ll build your
    creative muscles.
    163. Sleep less. When I feel a little
    groggy and sleepy, the words
    start flowing out of my
    fingers when I sit down to
    write.
    Black and white tips from
    Jody Cleghorn at Write
    Anything
    164. Arrive late and leave early.
    Get straight to the heart of
    the narrative.
    165. Learn to say no/no way/go
    f*ck yourself because no one
    else will stand up for your
    work.
    166. Go out and live your life. Do
    not allow yourself to become
    stuck in a hole of your own
    creativity.
    167. Make up the rules for what
    you want to produce.
    168. Work on several projects.
    This keeps you energized
    and working creatively even
    when one project isn’t firing.
    169. Try to write every day, even
    if just for a few minutes.
    170. Write simply and vividly.
    171. Don’t hold back and don’t
    protect yourself. Say things
    no one else has said before.
    172. Collaborate with new people.
    173. Cultivate a community of
    writers. Writing can be a
    lonely enterprise, but it
    doesn’t need to be – other
    writers understand where
    you are, what you’re thinking
    and feeling.
    Simple advice from Leo
    Babauta of Zen Habits
    174. Play.
    175. Don’t consume and create at
    the same time — separate
    the processes.
    176. Shut out the outside world.
    177. Reflect on your life and work
    daily.
    178. Look for inspiration all around
    you, in the smallest places.
    179. Start small.
    180. Just get it out, no matter
    how crappy that first draft.
    181. Don’t try for perfect. Just
    get it out there, asap, and
    get feedback.
    182. Constantly make it better.
    183. Ignore the naysayers.
    184. But let criticism help you
    grow.
    185. Teach and you’ll learn.
    186. Shake things up, see things
    in new ways.
    187. Apply things in other fields to
    your field, in ways not done
    before.
    188. Drink ridiculous amounts of
    coffee.
    189. Write all ideas down
    immediately.
    190. Read wildly different things.
    Especially stuff you disagree
    with.
    191. Get lots of rest. Overwork
    kills creativity.
    192. Don’t force it. Relax, play, it
    will start to flow.
    193. Allow your mind to wander.
    Allow distractions, when
    you’re looking for inspiration.
    194. Then shut them off when
    you’re going to create.
    195. Do it when you’re excited.
    196. When you’re not, find
    something else to be excited
    about.
    197. Don’t be afraid to be stupid
    and silly.
    198. Small ideas are good. You
    don’t need to change the
    world — just change one
    thing.
    199. When something is killing
    your creativity, kill it.
    200. Stop reading creativity
    advice, clear away everything,
    and just create.
    201. Most of all, have fun doing it.
    Enough said.

    • I can’t exactly say I read through all of them; But from what I read thus far, it was quite helpful and familiar. Thanks for this.

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