Here are a few suggestions from Melyssa Griffin on how she enhances her creative side. You’ve probably tried most or all of these, but they serve as worthy reminders.
More suggestions from this list that I’ve shared on my Word Inventions blog .
From Leo Babauta of Zen Habits
[Note: The Zen Habits link alone should carry you through years of creative reinvention.]
Get lots of rest. Overwork kills creativity.
Don’t force it. Relax, play, it will start to flow.
Allow your mind to wander. Allow distractions, when you’re looking for inspiration.
Do you have any tips to share?
I’ve shared selections from this list on my Word Inventions blog .
Let’s see if any of these resonate with you.
From Jody Cleghorn of Write Anything. [This site is now closed, but the content remains online as an archive.]
Make up the rules for what you want to produce.
Try to write every day, even if just for a few minutes. [Substitute ‘paint’, ‘sculpt’, ‘cook’, for ‘write’.]
Work on several projects. This keeps you energized and working creatively even when one project isn’t firing. [Good advice, but I’m guilty of taking this a little too far. Make it manageable.]
Creatives: I am once again deferring to the wisdom of Srini Rao, whose latest post 7 Commandments of the Unmistakable Creative delivers the message better than I can.
Those commandments are:
Reality is malleable.
Your Resources are Limited, But Your Imagination and Creativity Are Not.
Your Temporary Circumstances Don’t Have to Become Your Permanent Reality [I say, we don’t have time to allow for ‘permanent realities’.]
The Status Quo is Meant to be Challenged.
Adversity Leads to Growth. [We also don’t have time to shy away from adversity. I really need to heed this commandment.]
Only Is Better Than Best [A key theme of his first book **, Unmistakable]
What You Create for An Audience of One is Much More Likely to Reach an Audience of Millions.
Any book suggestions? Journal writing tips? Methods you use to explore your interests? Let us know in the comments box.
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