I find myself sometimes suffering from writers block or stuck coming up with inspiration for a new quilt design. I imagine I am not alone with sometimes having a hard time getting the creative juices flowing. I put together this article to help share some tips I use when I am in a creative rut.
Creativity, in most people’s minds, is an abstract idea. It’s the fuel of artists and poets alike. But creativity can be applied to everyday life by anyone willing to put in the effort. Creative thinking has been proven to reduce stress, enhance performance on cognitive tasks with high levels of novelty or ambiguity, and even improve your mood! So what are you waiting for? Try these exercises today!
1. Try new things
This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s important. If you always do the same things, you’ll get the same results. Branch out and try new activities, foods, or even ways of thinking. Not only will this reignite your creativity, but it will also increase your knowledge and help you come up with new ideas. Many people like to start their creativity quest by visiting a museum or taking in some art at an outdoor installation.
2. Work on something new
It’s not just about trying new things, it’s also important to work on something that will help you create and expand your creative thinking skills. Working on a new project, whether it’s a painting, writing a song, or starting a new business, can help you explore new ideas and methods. You’ll also be able to learn from your mistakes in a safe and contained environment.
“The more you expect things to be a certain way, the more disappointed you’ll be. Accept life as it is. You’ll be free.”
3. Get out of your comfort zone
This is another great way to get the creative juices flowing. If you’re always doing the same things, you’ll never know what else is out there. Push yourself to do something that scares you or is completely new to you. Take a dance class, travel to a foreign country, or start a conversation with someone at a party. The more outside of your comfort zone you get, the more creative ideas will start flowing.
4. Create something with a friend
Creativity can be contagious, so try teaming up with a friend to come up with new ideas. Working together will help you brainstorm and come up with better ideas. Not only is it more fun, but you’ll also be able to learn from each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Plus, sharing a laugh with a friend is a great way to recharge your batteries and come back ready to create.
5. Look outside of yourself for inspiration
I sometimes have a hard time coming up with new designs, so instead of just looking within myself for ideas, I turn to other sources. This can be anything from books, magazines, or websites to artists, authors, or even people on the street. You never know where inspiration may strike and the wide variety of information available today makes it easier than ever to find new sources. I like to keep a file of interesting quotes and interesting things that catch my attention and then go back and look at them when I need a creative boost.
There are many ways to reignite your creativity, so don’t get discouraged if you’re feeling low. Just try one of these exercises today and see how you feel. Creativity is an important part of life, so don’t let a little writers block or lack of inspiration keep you from achieving your goals. Get out there and create something great!