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Easy Ways to Kick Start Creativity

Sometimes you just need a push

Creativity isn’t a trait you can turn on and off like a light switch. Sometimes you’re over flowing with creative thoughts that make you feel wonderfully excited. Other times, your creativity is a dry reservoir waiting for replenishment. My creativity has felt dried up more times than I can count. I’ve had to search for inspiration in many forms and have found a few methods that may also work for you.

Find A New Podcast

I’m a huge podcast junkie. Thanks to Serial, my obsession has been going on for about four years strong. Earlier this year a friend introduced me to a podcast called The Black Tapes. This podcast couldn’t have entered my life at a more perfect time. I had been in an overall life slump when I started to listen to this paranormal based fiction podcast that inspired me to lengths I didn’t know possible.

There are so many creative, intricate, and beautiful podcasts out there that I think you’d be hard pressed to not find at least one that inspires you. Take one second and search through your podcast app’s trending page and find something to try out. You’ll be surprised.

Listen to Music

This is probably cliché, but it works. Nothing grounds me more than music does. Take a moment and find a playlist filled with songs you haven’t heard. Consider it a little treasure hunt in which your only goal is to find new, relatable music. Some of my favorite genres to check out are R&B, Singer/Songwriter, and Alternative.

Go for a Drive

Nothing beats getting into your car, rolling your windows down, and listening to all the new music you discovered from the last recommendation. Driving on the open road gives you the best opportunity to clear your mind of unnecessary thoughts that weigh you down during the day. Letting your mind wander takes away the pressure than can come with brainstorming. Think of it as a mental reset to work out anything that you’ve been stuck on.

Read Something New

Read anything from books to articles online. Exposing yourself to new voices can give you different perspectives on life as a whole. If you’re a writer, it can help you brainstorm ideas for your own article. If you’re not, it still provides information on topics you may not have seen otherwise. You’d be surprised at how the smallest sentence or paragraph can kick start your creativity.

These methods are in no way foolproof but they have helped me out before. Give them all a shot and figure out what exactly works for you. Next time you feel your creativity drying out, you’ll know what to do.

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Davyn is a journalism student at Arizona State University. During her free...