Creativity can be an elusive mystery sometimes. People yearn to be more creative but don’t really know how to do it. It can be difficult to define and figure out where it comes from. If you’re looking for ways on how to be more creative in your daily life, see our tips below.
Start free writing
Free writing is a great technique that can spark ideas and enhance creativity. To free write, all you have to do is sit and start writing for a certain amount of time. The key is to never stop writing once you start. Don’t take any time to think about what you’re writing, just write. The objective is to let your mind wander and free associate any thoughts that come into your mind. This technique is used to help people overcome writer’s block.
“Writer’s block is the fear of NOT being perfect.” ―Bob Odenkirk
Try not to do anything. Just sit down for 30 minutes and your mind will start to wander. Your best ideas will come when you’re not thinking about anything. Some of the best ideas come while you’re driving in the car, in the shower or when you’re not thinking at all.
“I’m not much of a math and science guy. I spent most of my time in school daydreaming and managed to turn it into a living.” ―George Lucas
Make stuff up
To get the creative juices flowing, it’s important to improvise and make things up. Be open to new ideas and don’t be afraid to collaborate with other people. Somebody else’s idea might spark something in your mind to help expand your creativity.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” ―Steve Jobs
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. In order to be more creative, it’s important to try new things and take risks. If you keep doing the same thing over and over again, you won’t discover anything new.
“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” ―Tina Fey
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