Writing: 5 Additional Methods to Stimulate Your Creativity

In a previous post we looked at 5 simple ways to stimulate your writing creativity. This article covers another 5 suggestions to help you feed your creative muse. Try them out—in fact, decide to incorporate all 10 tips into your daily routine and be ready for the creative muse to strike!

  1. Daydream. If you were the child in school that was constantly told to “stop daydreaming”, you already know that daydreaming is an important but undervalued art form. If you’re new to this concept, try it out–what would it be like to win the lottery, to rocket into space and orbit the universe, to trek to the Antarctic? What if you invented a new way to detect poisonous gas, or discovered a cure for the common cold? What would you do if you were stranded on a deserted island, or kidnapped, or told you are mankind’s last hope to bring peace to the world? Who knows what stories or articles your daydreams would spark? So go ahead, daydream; it’s time well spent.
  2. Brainstorm. Brainstorming, mind-mapping and clustering are all methods of capturing and classifying ideas and thoughts related to a particular subject or theme. They are simple exercises to do, they take only a few minutes of your time and they could spark thoughts and ideas that will add life to your writing. In a future article we’ll discuss these creative processes in more depth; information on them is also available online or in your local bookstore.
  3. Befriend interesting people. Who decides if a person is interesting? You do—perhaps it’s the local theatre buff, a school bus driver, an aspiring poet, the mechanic who fixes your car, the town historian, a university student who wears mismatched socks. Interesting people are all around us; seek them out and get to know them. Engage them in conversation; listen to their stories and their thoughts. What does the world look like through their eyes, how would you write their stories? 
  4. Write in a journal. A journal is for your eyes only; what you write never has to be read by another human being. Write about your days, your dreams, your private thoughts. Write about the argument you had with your boss, your plans to conceive a child, your hopes for the future, your desire to be famous (or not). If privacy is an issue, purchase a journal with a lock and key—in my youth we called these journals ‘diaries’, and they were carefully guarded from prying eyes.
  5. Practice. Write. Write every day; like many other skills, it is possible to improve your writing skill by practicing. Join online forums and post your carefully-crafted opinions; find blogs that interest you and add thoughtful comments to the thread; start your own blog; start that novel you’ve been dreaming of–even if it never makes it to an agent or publisher, you will hone your writing skills simply by….writing.

Once you begin your writing journey, you may be surprised at what you will produce, and one day you’ll find yourself ready to share your words with others. We’ll cover more on that topic in future posts, so stay tuned. And best of luck in your writing success!


8 thoughts on “Writing: 5 Additional Methods to Stimulate Your Creativity

  1. Excellent suggestions. These definitely help me. I would probably add read interesting books, as I often find something I’m reading connects the dots in my head and launches me off on some new tangent.

  2. I like the idea of writing down all the reasons why you can’t write… I imagine that looking back at what you wrote wfter a few weeks would highlight the fact that you were being ridiculous and unfair to yourself and that in fact you can write, quite well, when you put your mind to it.

    Having said that, and it is definitely easier to say than do, I know just how difficult it can be to detach yourself from negative thoughts about writing and life does have a way of using up a lot of time that could be better spent at the desk with pen in hand…

  3. these are all true. nice work, btw.

    also, one of the methods i read about a long time ago was to write down all the reason’s why (you) cannot write.

    as in:
    not enough time
    can’t focus
    you get the idea…

    and then with each one, write about them

    sometimes that’s enough to get started. for me anyways.

    oh, and keeping a dream journal. Dreams are very creative.

  4. Thanks for these! I hadn’t thought of all of them. This will be very helpful and motivational for me.

    And I even have a grad student who always makes a point of wearing mismatched socks!

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