16 ways to explore creativity

We all have creative slumps and look for ways to explore and develop it, so here’s a list to check out… Consider making your own list and sharing ideas with others on how they get creativity happening and try their ideas as well. Jot a few fresh ideas in the comments for this post.

16 Ways to get creative…

  1. Make radical lists of ideas and options – even non radical lists can be useful
  2. Have a way to record stuff no matter where you are – Journal, on your phone, on your laptop and or tablet
  3. Write words madly as they come into your head and explore the options and connections they may create – could lead to a mind map
  4. Spend time doing things other than your usual routine – consider how this makes you feel, explore that, record it somehow, does imagery come with it?
  5. Take it easy for a while and imagine you are a truly fantastic person, what would be different if you were? – not saying you aren’t truly fantastic…
  6. Take breaks and do things you might not ordinarily do – rock climbing, mowing the grass, reading in a library, white water rafting, pruning roses – you get it, now do it
  7. Follow up on your family history, note any ‘quirky bits’ – any leads from that?
  8. Explore new music styles – Jazz, contemporary instrumental etc
  9. Find creative people to be around – connect, share explore
  10. Practice and develop your skills more – a moment of mastery could lead to a breakthrough
  11. Make mistakes and explore them – OFTEN!
  12. Work with others on projects – how do the dynamics of the process alter
  13. Check out new places, spend time there observing, recording – any leads yet…
  14. Figure out what makes you really happy and do more of it – Then find other things to make you happy
  15. Read a page of a reference book, backwards! – Then make fresh sense of it
  16. Take a look at your local culture, jot down some notes and explore options and possibilities which may give you ideas to get creative


One Response to “16 ways to explore creativity”

  1. Lisa woolfe on June 27th, 2011 11:22 am

    Thanks for the great post.
    I usually always revert back to Sol leWitt’s advice to Eva Hesse – “just do SOMETHING!”

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