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How to Be Creative When It Doesn’t Come Naturally

cvbgI admit that being creative comes to me naturally, as it has my entire life. That’s why being creative is what I do for a living every day as a writer, although some days it’s harder than others to be creative.

As a kid, I always had a crayon or pencil in my hand doodling some imaginary animal or writing a poem or story. As a teenager, my peers turned to me for an off-the-cuff song parody for a high school revue.

But many people tell me that being creative doesn’t come to them naturally. They moan, “I am not a creative person,” or “I don’t know where to start.”

Don’t fret! Many psychologists argue that creativity isn’t something people are born with. Good news though—it’s actually a skill that can be learned. And, practicing being creative can make you more and more creative. So, what can you do to exercise your creativity muscles and jumpstart your creativity? Here are 9 creative suggestions: Continue reading

Brainstorming Hacks: 9 Ways to Come Up With Creative Ideas

Yes, I am a creative person (in fact, a writer). But frankly, there are times when I just don’t feel very creative. Coming up with fresh, new ideas and exciting approaches time after time, day after day, isn’t easy. In fact, there are days I would rather have root canal work than come up with another supposedly “creative” idea. It’s often that frustrating and painful for me.

I wish I could press a button and “Voila!”…creative ideas would stream forth. But, that won’t happen any time soon. So what do I do? Brainstorm and think more creatively…and make it part of my daily life.

Some brainstorming and creative thinking can be enormously helpful….even revitalizing. Other times, it can be downright draining and a big waste of time. I agree with various experts that label creativity as a talent or gift that requires practice and development.

Whatever your position on creativity, I want to share my 9 ways to getting the creative juices flowing in positive, useful ways. Continue reading