Spark Your Creativity
Creativity comes in many forms, and in all of them we can get in a rut. Sometimes it is an easy fix, like just giving yourself time to get those creative juices flowing. Other times it’s a little deeper than that. You’ve tried giving it time, and just stared at a blank screen, a yarn ball, an empty canvas, or whatever it is that keeps you creative. That’s when it’s time to try something else to spark creativity.
Here is a list of 10 ideas that can help you get your creative groove back.
Check out Pinterest.
Pinterest is my go-to for everything, from recipes to good reads, and everything in between. There are so many categories in this massive collection of blog posts that you are bound to find something in your craft.I’ve found knitting patterns, fantastic recipes, tattoo ideas, painting tips, writing prompts, and a million others that have brought out the best in me.
Keep a journal.
I am a HUGE proponent of keeping a journal. Mine has ideas for date nights, things to make, blog post ideas, verses to look up, and the occasional shopping list.My journal is dog-eared and well loved. You can get a journal at nearly any store from Dollar Tree to the drug store, they can be thrifty to spectacular. There is no reason that this can’t be done.
Spend some time alone.
Whether it is getting out in nature for a walk or taking a long bubble bath, spend some time with your own thoughts being intentional about what you want to accomplish.I have come up with some awesome ideas in the shower, including this post. During this quiet time, use your journal to jot down the ideas you come up with.
I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but it is so important for your brain to get enough rest. As you sleep, whether an extra hour at bedtime, or a nap in the middle of the day, you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the world. Maybe you’ll dream up your next big idea!
Try something new.
Sometimes it can help to try something other than your regular creative outlet. If you are a knitter, try doodling or if you’re an artist, try writing. Your creative brain will grow and that little break from your craft may give you a new perspective. It may also give you a new hobby!
Learn to fail gracefully.
When you try to be creative and miss by a mile, be easy on yourself. It is not a sin to fail when you try your hardest. At least you tried. Failing gracefully also gives you a free pass to try things that may be outside the box. If you don’t try, you won’t succeed.
Get a creative boost by using someone else’s directions.
When you don’t know what to write, go online and look for writing prompts. When you can’t think of your next painting topic, find a painting you love and try to emulate it. Color in an adult coloring book, do printed cross-stitch, anything to get you actually DOING what you love, even if it’s not your idea.
Every craft needs supplies, right? Go shopping, either in a shop or online. You don’t have to Actually buy anything, but sometimes just daydreaming about what you WOULD buy can help give you ideas of HOW you’d use it. Writers can look at new journals or pens, crocheters can pet some yarn (You’d have to be a yarny to understand), cooks can look at kitchen gadgets or knives. Everyone needs tools of the trade to accomplish greatness!
Pick an inspirational quote and put it somewhere you will see it every day.
My favorite is “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” By George Addair. This quote drives me to keep blogging, even when it’s hard. Find your own guiding words (or use mine) that will push you forward.
Talk to someone.
When you have lost your creative edge, it helps to talk to someone else in your craft. It can be monthly knit nights, coffee with a fellow painter, or a Skype conversation with another writer. Find your people and converse! Seeing what others are working on can go a long way to spark your own creativity.
I hope that this list helps you find your groove, I know they’ve helped me! What are some of the things that you do to reignite your own creativity? I’d love to hear from you.
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