Tips for Tapping Your Creativity

6a00d8341d4dc653ef01b7c77eb943970b-450wiI’m in the middle of three deadlines right now, so I’m going to make this post short and sweet. We’re talking about how to stay creative this week, and I’ve got a few go-to tips that help me when the right-side of my brain isn’t working too well (like now).

1. Always carry pen and paper. I keep a notebook in my purse and beside my bed. You never know when inspiration will strike — story ideas, snippets of dialogue, great turns of phrase. And for me, if I don’t write it down, I’ve lost it forever to the abyss. I don’t necessarily use everything I write down (and frankly, sometimes a few days later I think it’s total crap), but when you’re not feeling very creative, going through some of your notes and ideas can help re-ignite that spark.

2. Step away from the computer. When my creative juices have run dry, the worst thing I can do is stare at a blank screen. I either go for a run or take a shower (or both!) and generally that jumpstarts my brain and gets the ideas flowing again.

3. Do something new. I’m not talking about bungee-jumping (mostly because I would never ever bungee jump), but I find that even just taking a different route home from school drop-off helps snap you out of auto-pilot and forces you to sit up, pay attention and notice things you may not have noticed before.

How do you jar your creativity? Tell me in the comments below.

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Colleen Oakley is the author of BEFORE I GO (Simon & Schuster/Gallery, Jan. 2015), a love story. A former editor for Marie Claire and Women's Health & Fitness, she's now an Atlanta-based freelance writer. Find out more at colleenoakley.com.

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Colleen Oakley is the author of BEFORE I GO (Simon & Schuster/Gallery, Jan. 2015), a love story. A former editor for Marie Claire and Women's Health & Fitness, she's now an Atlanta-based freelance writer. Find out more at colleenoakley.com.

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