Updated: Jul 12, 2021
Have you ever tried to create a new idea? Whether it would be a plot story for a book, a new drawing sketch, ways to spice up a recipe, they all need some breathing space for creativity. It certainly required some out-of-the-box thinking to put the chicken on waffles, and yet it is a common pairing in some households.
What differentiates a creative person is their outlook on the environment around them. Looking at the world differently sparks new areas around your brain which keep it stimulated with new experiences, smells, sights, and tastes. A common practice is to collect items from such new experiences to keep them fresh in the mind, inspiring future works. As Anthony Burrill says in his book Make it Now!, “Soaking up new influences is an important part of forming your creative DNA”.
Another point is to let your mind roam free in mediums such as freewriting or doodling. Both visual thinkers and non-visual thinkers can use these strategies to brain-dump information which can get your mind working and brainstorming new ideas. It is important to take breaks during work to not over-focus your mind on a task, so doing so would be useful during breaks.
Some studies link creativity with exercise, so during these times when we are advised to stay inside, you could kill two birds with one stone by exercising while practicing to be creative.
Creativity is the careful balance between spontaneous and controlled thinking, it takes almost the concept of thinking through a child’s brain and not be limited by ideas that have already been done before. Fusing concepts, giving yourself deadlines to practice accomplishing tasks, having optimism, and being open-minded will certainly take you to many places. “Even if you are just scribbling in the margins, you’re lighting up different networks in your brain and when you do that, you’re engaging different information.”(Sunni Brown, The Doodle Revolution).
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