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Stuck in a Creative Rut? Read These Inspirational Articles and Break Free

on November 15, 2007

I’ve been so obsessed with writing recently that I’m completely neglecting my other creative interests. While I’m waiting for my Dragon NaturallySpeaking software to arrive so I can continue working on my novel for National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to try to reconnect with some of my other creative interests. To get inspired, I read a few articles about creativity. See if any of these get your creative juices flowing.

  • 7 Habits of Highly Innovative People
    “Have you ever looked at super creative or innovative people, and felt they are special beings blessed with gifts? Have you felt that you are not as fortunate? I used to feel this way. I have since learned that creativity is more about psychology than intellect, and there are no secrets to being creative.”
  • Do You Recognize These 10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking?
    “So, rather than looking for ways to inspire creativity, you should just realize the truth. You’re already capable of creative thinking at all times, but you have to strip away the imaginary mental blocks (or boxes) that you’ve picked up along the way to wherever you are today.”
  • How to be Creative
    “Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with books on algebra etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the creative bug is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.'”
  • 110+ Resources For Creative Minds.
    “Tips, tutorials, exercises and inspiration from the fields of visual art, writing, photography, blogging, design and invention. Next time you’re stuck for ideas or inspiration I hope you’ll find something here to get your right brain firing.”
  • Creative Thinking Hacks
    “The word creativity is frequently inflated by association, frequently appearing with overused, hype-laden words such as genius, brilliance, revolution and innovation. Hype mongers and creative intimidators throw those labels around like candy, scaring most people out of their own natural creative instincts.”
  • Are you interested in reading about creativity?
    “I find people’s descriptions of their own creative processes more useful than books that suggest creativity exercises, so that’s the kind of book that dominates on my list.”
  • 20 Sure-Fire Ways to Come Up With Great Ideas
    “Always be on the lookout for great new ideas, and they will come to you.”
  • How to Become a Creative Genius
    “When we measure the creativity of young children, virtually all of them will record as being ‘highly creative’. However, only a small percentage of adults register as being ‘highly creative’. What happened?”
  • And finally, 9 Tips to be More Creative from Here to Create
    “Many people think creativity is about having artistic skills. They say, “I can’t write, I can’t paint, and every time I take a photo I put my finger over the lens. I’m just not creative.” I say, “You can be a creative person. You are a creative person already, you just don’t know it.” Creativity is about using your imagination in every endeavor. It’s not just for artists.”

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams

4 Responses to “Stuck in a Creative Rut? Read These Inspirational Articles and Break Free”

  1. Robin says:

    Excellent list of articles! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Lillah says:

    That’s a nicely made answer to a cheniangllg question

  3. At last, someone comes up with the “right” answer!

  4. I’m not worthy to be in the same forum. ROTFL

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