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Three Ways to Regain Your Creativity

Creativity is what inspires us as writers to write the words and the story we want to tell. If you feel like something has been missing in the creativity department, keep reading this blog for three helpful tips to get your creative spark back.

Shake the dust off.

All of us have the tendency to start something, get distracted and forget about it. We’re here to tell you that that’s a normal part of the process; however, it’s picking back up where you left off that makes the difference. Sometimes, the pressure of getting something done can suffocate our creativity, which in turn causes us to put our pens down or close our laptops and give up. Rather than throw in the towel completely, approach your work from a new vantage point. The best part about taking some time and then returning to something that you’ve started is that you can view your work with fresh eyes. This enables you to pick up on things you might have missed and build on ideas with a new mindset. The moral of this story is to shake the dust off and keep on keepin’ on.

Talk about it.

Breaking the monotony of writing is a great way to revive your creativity. Consider switching up how you write. What do we mean? Use voice dictation to record your thoughts or to write a piece. The conversational tone will allow you to you get your ideas out and build on them. When we talk, we express ourselves in a way that’s relaxed, which can help fuel creativity. Once you’re done, you can go back and put what you said together in a way that makes the most sense for what you’re trying to accomplish.

Get organized.

Sometimes all we need in order to stoke the fire of our creativity is to get organized. When writing, you may feel like you’re constantly shuffling pieces of a puzzle around to find the right fit. Searching for the right piece can be exhausting and leave you in a constant state of confusion. Rather than get frustrated and quit, write down a game plan for what you want to accomplish and organize your thoughts. Jotting things down, ordering your tasks by importance and creating an outline are all great places to start.

The next time you feel like you’re in a creative rut, keep these three ideas in mind to get your creativity flowing again.

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