PE: 9 tips to be more creative
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Creativity isn't just an artist's concern. Creativity is about using your imagination in every endeavor. Believe it or not, you are a creative person already. However, these tips might inspire you to get the best of what you already have.

1. GET OUTSIDE
 
This comes as a very first tip for a reason. Whether it's outside your house or outside your mind, changing your perspective will help the ideas flow.

2. DRINK ENOUGH WATER

Your brain functions much better when well-hydrated. Symptoms of mild dehydration include tiredness, headache, muscle weakness, and dizziness - these are certainly not going to help you to think straight.

3. EXERCISE

Exercise produces endorphins that might as well be responsible for your next brilliant idea.

4. DAYDREAM

Dreaming is very important, inside a dream nothing is impossible. Use that to your advantage.

5. STOP WATCHING TELEVISION

Or better yet, get rid of the damn thing. TV is a mind-killer. Turn it off. Even if this idea scares you, turn it off.

6. WRITE WITH PEN & PAPER

Keep a journal. Typing on a keypad into a computer doesn’t always open up that tactile sense-loving part of us that loves to create.

7. WALK IN THE RAIN

This one is particularly helpful to me. Hard to explain, get out there and feel it.

8. GET UP EARLY AND WATCH THE SUNRISE

Do it. Quietly.

9. VISIT A GALLERY

See another artist’s creation. Live, not through your screen.




Do you have your own specific ways to keep you more creative?


Please share your thoughts in the comments below :heart:

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xxXKrystalSoulXxxStudent General Artist
Look at others' artwork and look for things you find amazing and mind-blowing, and find some time (and patience) to try some of it yourself. I find this really helps me, and in the end, even if I'm not on par with the original, which I'm usually not :dummy:, I feel satisfied and proud of how far I've come (and what I created). Also, having a friend/loved one ask you to create something that they want is very inspiring for me. I love to create and give, so I get into a frenzy when someone requests some artwork of me. Right now, I'm working on a seahorse drawing that a very good friend asked me to design, for a tattoo. I've been working so hard on it since he gave me the request a few days ago, when I had never drawn a seahorse, and now I'm so happy with my final(s). 

Also, listening to my favorite music helps me. I sometimes find myself drawing differently, or aiming for a different mood, depending on the type of music I listen to; for example: country, rock, baroque pop, and soft rock. This often kicks my creative gears into motion. :)

Last of all, create what you love. Whether it is a certain style, subject, or medium, discover what drives you to create, and leaves you smiling afterwards (or, sometimes, crying).
RebelScumWoman77's avatar
RebelScumWoman77Student General Artist
Take some time to get out of your routine. Go to a place where there are a lot of people around and just watch people.
Go and do things that you absolutely loved to do as a child but never got the chance to do as an adult. Go outside and run.
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iamkathybrownHobbyist Traditional Artist
Visiting a new place definitely helped me. Not only have I had many new ideas, but I finally worked out most of the plot holes in one of my stories.
Mother-of-Kitties's avatar
Walking in the rain - with piano music- works every time for me
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kruziikrel Artist
I have noticed the sunrise is inspiring. That is, if I'm awake that early! ^^'
ArtByCher's avatar
ArtByCher Traditional Artist
Music can be a motivator for me. 
Rick-TinyWorlds's avatar
Rick-TinyWorldsStudent Photographer
10. Take a shower
11. You're more creative when you're tired, because you judge yourself less harsh
12. Dimmed lightening makes you feel more comfortable, thus helps to think more freely
13. Take 2 objects and try to build a connection between them
14. You never now what a "bad" idea will lead to. Don't filter in the brainstorming phase.

and an addition to 1.:
A (purposeless) walk on your own is great to follow your thoughts.
Windklang's avatar
WindklangHobbyist General Artist
I get creative waves, whenever I get passionate about something. So if I manage to do or learn something I really love, I get very creative - and sometimes productive :)
SoraLove's avatar
SoraLoveStudent Traditional Artist
Thank you! These are helpful!! :heart:
Mothedri's avatar
MothedriHobbyist Traditional Artist
Read! 

Visit new places (even in your own city:))
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meshchaninov-vadimProfessional Traditional Artist
<font><font>All very interesting!</font></font>
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Missvirginia Digital Artist
Another tip for being creative for me is to read everything. Even things I don't think I'll be interested in, if its there, read it. You tend to pick up some neat ideas if not learn something. :nod:
serel's avatar
Good tip, and so very true.
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The-Lost-HopeStudent General Artist
Neat tips. 
Clamdiggy's avatar
ClamdiggyHobbyist Traditional Artist
"However these tips MIGHT inspire you to get the best of what you already have".  I see some people disagreeing with some of the tips.  I think the whole point of the journal is to find things that inspire you emotionally, keep your mind in shape, and keeping your mind active in other creativity-inspiring ways to divert yourself from artist block.  It is about finding activities that help your creative juices flow, without obsessing over the task at hand: your art.  Anxiety over working on art can, in effect, lead to artist block.  Everyone is different, and that is a GOOD thing.  Nice journal with an important meaning.  Thanks!
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Dark-LioncourtProfessional
Lovey ideas :heart:
Riemea's avatar
RiemeaHobbyist General Artist
Nice article! :)

Music. Lots of it, and different kinds of it. Playing on my instruments as well as listening to music are a huge source of inspiration for me. :)
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ManboobLover69Professional Digital Artist
Does staying up late and watching the sunrise work just as well? :lmao:
TheGutterBunny's avatar
TheGutterBunnyStudent Digital Artist
This list has always bothered me, and now I realize 7-9 are garbage.


"7. WALK IN THE RAIN

This one is particularly helpful to me. Hard to explain, get out there and feel it."

How does getting wet make you more creative? 


"8. GET UP EARLY AND WATCH THE SUNRISE

Do it. Quietly."

why? what does that do? 

"9. VISIT A GALLERY

See another artist’s creation. Live, not through your screen. "

Because digital art can never be inspiring or creative, amiright? God, this list is techno-phobic as fuck.
artbymba's avatar
artbymbaHobbyist General Artist
I agree with you... Actually it is about quitting living in the virtual land of digital, behind the screens, whether it is a tv or computer.
WandererAtHeart's avatar
I don't walk in the rain often, but I do have to say the shower is where I'm most creative, and while it lacks the open outdoors, I feel like just the flowing water helps the mind ...well... flow!
Ametystical's avatar
Totally agree about the TV thing :no:
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japanxcanadaforeverHobbyist Writer
Omg! This is gonna help with my writer's block. Thank you!
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issabissabelHobbyist General Artist
4 and 5 I'm already good at :'D

I hate watching tv with commercials and all that unnecessary bullshit, but watching a show now and then (streaming, so there won't be any interruptions) is a good way to chill when you take an artistic break.

8. In the Winter there is no sun, and in the summer the sun rises between 1 and 3 AM >_> I've seen so many sunrises when I stay up at night to draw.
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