5 Easy Ways to Be Creative Today

  1. Write a haiku about what you’re wearing right now.
  2. Take a walk. Notice everything you see that’s blue. You can just walk around your home or workplace if you’d like, noticing blue. Then write a paragraph about blueness: the blue things you’ve seen, blue feelings, the Blues, blue moons…anything blue that comes up for you.
  3. Write something about the picture above.
  4. Draw a picture that reflects how you’re feeling right now. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece — a simple doodle is fine.
  5. Daydream elaborately for 15 minutes. Some ideas: Imagine you live in a different time period, and create a day of that life in your mind. Put yourself inside your favorite book, movie or cartoon and see what happens. Imagine you’re five years old and discovering something new for the first time — really feel the discovery with all your senses.

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6 Responses to “5 Easy Ways to Be Creative Today”

  1. 1 Patrick Ross December 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    My tee is light blue
    Faded due to wash and wear
    Makes me love it more

    You’re welcome for not describing undergarments! 🙂

    • 2 stranglingmymuse December 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm

      Yes, a description of your underwear would be a topic for a different kind of blog! Unless you were particularly amusing… 😉

      Thanks for the Friday haiku, Patrick!


  2. 3 herby December 4, 2010 at 1:07 am

    I am wearing a
    Blue t-shirt with white letters
    On my legs grey shorts

    The blue kingfisher flew onto the branch near the fence. The barbed wire glinted against the blue sky. Well, the sky wasn’t really blue today but I am allowed to fantasise about a traditional December day with sunny blue skies that contrast the cool grey rainy days we’ve been having so far this summer. The presence of the kingfisher indicates that the creek is healthy and contains fish. A very happy state of affairs.

    The cute dog waited patiently for its owner. Little did he know that he would be waiting forever. His owner had taken a wrong turn and the outcome was not good. His owner had walked into a den of trolls. The ugly green monsters had mistaken him for hunter. In their fear, they kidnapped the man to hold hostage. Unfortunately, the hunters weren’t interested in rescuing an innocent man and they left him to the whim of the trolls. And, so, the cute dog continued to wait.

    As always – thank you for the exercises. I totally love them. I’ve never written about trolls before. In fact, until I saw your picture I hadn’t thought about them since childhood (other than when I watched Shrek years ago)

    • 4 stranglingmymuse December 6, 2010 at 10:38 am

      I first read what you’ve written here on my phone, and for some reason I wound up at the bottom before I’d read the beginning. I saw your comment that until you saw my picture you hadn’t thought about trolls since childhood. For a moment (and for some strange reason), I thought you meant the picture of me on this blog! Ha! Thanks for making me laugh!

      And thanks, as always, for sharing your work here, herby! I love your creative soul!


  3. 5 objecpers December 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Great tips on generating creativity. Doing activities that promote observing, thinking about, and encountering random ideas or objects really allows you to activate neurons that wouldn’t normally be activated. Thus allowing you to generate novel ideas.

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