Sunday, 4 September 2016

Tap into your Creativity

As my Create New Things resolution gets underway, I want to share my tips for living a more creative life with you all.
"A creative life is an amplified life. It's a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life." - Elizabeth Gilbert
I want to tap into my creativity this month to find new and inventive ways towards wellness and the pursuit of happiness. Is it possible to foster a creative mindset that brings happiness with it? Well I'm going to try, and here's how.

Tips for tapping into your creativity
  • Always carry a notebook
You never know when inspiration may hit. A notebook and pen is perfect for recording your thoughts, ideas and experiences throughout the day.
  • It's okay to have bad first drafts
"Your 20s are about having the courage to write a frightful first draft." - Paul Angone, '101 secrets for your twenties'
It's okay to make mistakes, to make a mess and even to fail. Terrible first drafts can become something better in time.
  • Don't be a critic
Everyone has a spark of creativity in them. It's not your place to put out that spark. Look to your own spark in the same way. Don't be too harsh on yourself. 
"The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt." - Sylvia Plath

  • It's okay to start with replicas

"Imitation preceeded creation." - Stephen King
Copying what others who inspire you do is a good first step. If it helped Stephen King become the best-selling author he is now, who's to knock this tip?
  • Good is as good as perfect
Don't get hung up on perfection. Good ideas may not be perfect ideas, but they're a step in the right direction.
"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." - Joseph Chilton Pearce
  • Ask questions
The best way to find what you are looking for is to ask. Question everything to find new, creative solutions and answers. 

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