10 Ways to Be More Creative
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Do you consider yourself a creative person? Are you always trying to make something new? Write something new? Get your creative juices flowing?
Or are you a person who wants to be creative but struggles? Do you get stuck in your own head and what you want to happen – well, it just doesn’t happen?
If you have the desire to be creative, that’s half the battle, but if you find it’s still difficult, here are a few tips to help you find that creative spark!
- Ask Questions: Are you often curious about the things you see around you? Do you have a desire to learn more about…everything? Then use that curiosity to ask questions of…everybody! Asking questions can really help you to be more creative. You can learn about someone’s creative process. You can learn what they’re looking to expand or do differently. And you can take what you learn and apply it to what you want to do creatively.
- Seek to Become an Expert in Something: Are you an expert in something creative? Do people look to you for help or answers when it comes to a specific creative endeavor? If the answer is no, try to become an expert in the creative area you love. This forces you to be constantly innovating and keeping up with the current trends. It also allows others to come to you to “pick your brain” or challenge your thinking – which is always good for the creative spirit.
- Be Open to Opportunities: With creativity comes opportunities. Be open to exploring the opportunities that come your way. Does someone who works in music want you to use your writing abilities to write a song? Go for it! Is there a new coffeehouse that wants to commission you for new art? Yes!! Do it! Opportunities are everywhere!
- Keep a List of Ideas: Always keep a notebook handy, so you can jot down ideas that pop into your brain! You don’t want them to fade away as they can be useful later down the line.
- Think Like a Child: Do you know who seems to have endless creativity? Children! Bring out your inner child when you’re feeling not-so-creative. You might be surprised at what happens.
- Reach Out to Creative People: If you’re not an expert or you’re exploring different creative avenues, reach out to creative people who may be able to help you. They can offer advice, ideas, or just some conversation – which may be all you need to be more creative.
- Practice Being Creative: Some people think that creativity “just comes to you.” But, it truly does take practice. A writer isn’t immediately a good writer without practicing. An artist isn’t a great artist without practicing. Take the time to practice your craft.
- Go Outside Your Comfort Zone: You’ve probably heard people say, “Get outside of your comfort zone, and you’ll find that’s where the magic happens.” For creatives, this is especially true. By trying new things and pushing your boundaries, your creativity will grow.
- Change Up Your Routine: People are creatures of habit – even creative people. You might work on your creative project at the same time or in the same place. Make a change in your routine, and you may see a change in your creativity.
- Take a Break: And sometimes, you just need to take a break. Maybe you’ve been trying too hard or for too long. Stop for a bit and then come back to it. You may find your creativity has returned – and you’re ready to go.
Creativity definitely ebbs and flows, but if you need help finding your creativity again, try some of these tips. You could find yourself back doing your passion – and doing it well – in no time at all.