As a writer, sometimes I just don’t feel like writing.
It’s as if all creativity has drained from my brain, and I can’t seem to get a single word on paper.
When that happens, I know it’s time to do something totally different from writing, yet something I enjoy.
These fun activities should work to spark your creativity, too.
I happen to love the theme music from the movie The Duchess (you can listen to it on youtube).
It evokes all sorts of emotions that help me relax, and when I relax I am much more creative.
You don’t have to do anything while you listen to the music.
Sit and stare out the window or lie down and daydream.
Feel your body unwind and your mind start to wander—both of these things are good for creativity.
But, if you like, choose one of these other activites to do while you listen to some inspiring music.
If you’re a visual artist, as well as a writer, you already draw or sketch or paint all the time.
But many writers never try to paint or color, or sketch, and they are missing out.
It isn’t the end product (you don’t need to produce a lovely painting or drawing) that matters here.
It’s the process of letting go, relaxing, and just allowing your imagination to take over.
If you can’t draw a straight line, start with a coloring book for adults and simply color in one of the pages.
I love to use colored pencils and colored markers for this.
But watercolors also work well (if you are careful not to use too much water, so the colors don't run).
Get a special notebook to devote to just your doodles.
Then, check out some of the doodling boards on Pinterest for some fun doodling tutorials, and then doodle away.
Again, I like to use fine-tipped Sharpie markers for my doodling.
I use black ones to create the doodles, then fill them in with colored markers.
I find this to be really fun and relaxing.
And, once I have completely decorated a journal, I can use it for writing.
To create a decorated journal, buy a plain spiral notebook or just a plain lined journal.
Get some colorful stickers that are designed for planners.
I usually get some of the Create 365 series at Michael’s and start with those.
But I also use other stickers that I find at Dollar Tree, Target, and Hobby Lobby.
Start decorating your journal by putting several stickers on each page, leaving room for other stuff on the page later.
Note: It takes a while to design each page the way you like it, so don’t try to decorate an entire journal in a few minutes. Give yourself several sessions to do this.
I schedule a few minutes for at least one of these activities every day—even just a few minutes is good—to spark my creativity and just have fun.
You should, too.
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