17 Ways to Inspire Creativity

November 26, 2012 — 4 Comments

1. Do something that scares you…like making pasta from scratch.

2. Visit The Creativity Post. I love this blog.

3. Give away something you made…that you normally don’t give away.

4. Charge for something you normally give away.

5. Read an inspiring book. Here’s a list of my favorites.

6. Ask someone for help–some of us have a hard time reaching out.

7. Fast for a meal, a day or several days–use the “hungry” to create.

8. Indulge: go on an artist date.

9. Make a list. Simple, but effective because you can see what’s in your mind.

10. Promote someone you’re jealous of to break the jealousy curse. (It’s #6 on this list)

11. Spend your money in creative ways. Scotty will give you ideas.

12. Do absolutely nothing for ten minutes. Daydreaming releases ideas.

13. Get off all social networks for a week. Do your art instead. Share what happens.

14. Observe children playing.

15. Watch this video of an amazing painting medium.

16. Volunteer–sometimes we just need to do something for others.

17. Laugh…here’s Call Me Maybe as you’ve never seen it before.

If you’re stuck and need to overcome a creative hurdle, this kindling may be just what you need! (Tweet that to your followers if you like.)

Let me know how it goes–feel free to leave your tips in the comments!

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I'm a son, husband, dad, business owner, actor and good sleeper/eater. On this blog, I pave a highway for creative growth by providing food, water, and shelter for those wishing to live, work, and play with creative zest.
  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    What a practical post. I know when I’m growing and learning (especially reading) my creativity is sparked. I would add reading about creativity can spark creativity, I know when I read your blog my creativity rises.

    • http://www.zahndrew.com/ Andrew Zahn

      Thanks Dan! Grateful to have you dropping by!

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    Reading a fiction book really helps stir my creativity. Great list, Andrew!

    • http://www.zahndrew.com/ Andrew Zahn

      I hear ya Jason! Even children’s books!