How to Keep Churning out Creative Ideas Like an Unstoppable Genius
Some days you wake up and feel like your brain is brimming with creative ideas, chock full of article titles, visual imagery and concepts. Then other days, emptiness, anxiety, struggling to conjure ideas for your next piece or creative project. Is there an exact science to it or should you just let it flow?
“Creativity doesn’t wait for the perfect moment, it fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” -Bruce Garrrabrandt-
Some days you wake up and feel like your brain is brimming with creative ideas, chock full of article titles, visual imagery and concepts. Then other days, emptiness, anxiety, struggling to conjure ideas for your next piece or creative project. Is there an exact science to it or should you just let it flow? Spend days and nights doing nothing waiting for that lightning bolt idea? Or should you just find inspiration in the humdrum of life?
There are some steps that you can take to stimulate your brain to churn out creative ideas daily, some conscious and deliberate and some are just small tweaks to your day to day routine that could help you pull creative ideas out of your brain like a magician pulling rabbits out of a hat.
These methods work well for me as I have more than 2,000 article titles filed in a spreadsheet, scrawled in notebooks and crumpled pieces of paper however, I still write down five to ten ideas per day.
Maya Angelou hit the nail on the head when she said:
“You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have.”
Your creativity lives in you, your creative energy is your divine feminine energy, we all have it, and it never leaves. However, sometimes we have to dig deep to unleash it.
These are some of the steps that I take to churn out creative ideas like a raging geyser.
Write 10 Ideas a Day
When I was in high school, my English teacher encouraged me to write five story ideas per day. At that time, I would often complain that I couldn’t think of anything to write. It worked like a charm, I also learned of James Alutcher’s method of writing ten ideas per day. At first, I struggled but the point is not to come up with ten amazing ideas, it’s to shake your brain to come up with something. Out of those ten ideas, two or three might be good, the rest might be just ok. However, those mediocre ideas might eventually turn into your next big idea.
Make a habit of writing ten ideas per day, no matter how bad they are, the act of jogging your brain every day will keep your creative juices flowing.
Read Through Your Old Articles
There is magic in your old work, don’t let it go to waste. I often sift through my old content and find fresh ideas and new perspectives. I am always amazed when scrolling through the thousands of articles that I have written over the years. Mostly I sit there and I ask myself why I bother searching for inspiration in other people’s work when I have bucket loads of inspiration right here.
Think of your old stuff as a secret treasure chest of golden ideas. Dig in whenever you get the chance.
Step outside your comfort zone
“You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” -Robert T Bennett-
If you want to produce astounding work, at some point you might need to step outside your comfort zone. Do something different, something that scares you, it will shake your brain and push you off the edge.
Change your routine
This one relates to stepping outside your comfort zone, if you really struggle to come up with new ideas, change your routine. I know that many professional writers say that routine is “God” however, stepping out of your routine and doing something different might spark some new ideas and new creative ways of thinking.
Listen to people
Being nosey is like a full-time job for me, I keep my ears on high alert when I am out and about. Often when I’m out for walks or I’m shopping at the supermarket, I listen to people. Everyday conversations can often give you fresh ideas. I also pay attention when I am talking to friends and family.
Read something different
If you are used to reading personal development content, read some science content, health content, pick up a sci-fi novel. Listen to a new podcast, watch a weird documentary or random independent film on Netflix. Switch it up, shake your brain.
Step outside, don’t just sit in the house all day waiting for a lightning bolt of inspiration to arrive. Go for a long walk, lounge in your backyard, get out there. Being in nature improves your mental health and boosts your mental capacity, spend more time outdoors.
Being in nature also encourages your brain to produce new brain cells this type of brain activity is often referred to as the “brain default” which is linked to creative thinking.
Start a new hobby
Starting a new hobby can actually spark the same kind of brain activity that occurs when you spend time in nature. It encourages the brain to produce new neural pathways as your brain tries to make sense of the new activity. This promotes creative thinking and will inevitably facilitate the creative process.
Just write without thinking
Sometimes I just open my notebook and start writing. Without thinking too much about it, I just write. Often the words that spill out on to the page are total drivel and sometimes, I create magic. Try it out, it might help you.
Talk to people
Have meaningful conversations with people, friends, family and strangers. Get comfortable with having conversations.
I started meditating a few years ago, I spend about ten minutes in the morning in total silence with my eyes closed, I inhale deeply through my nose and exhale through my mouth. Sometimes I do guided meditation using YouTube videos or audio meditation sessions.
According to a study conducted by the University of Waterloo, practicing mindfulness meditation can significantly improve brain function and energy levels. You can experience these benefits by practicing mindfulness meditation for just fifteen minutes per day.
Boost your creative juices and start churning out creative ideas like every day is your last. Do the following:
-Write 10 ideas daily
-Read through your old articles
-Step outside your comfort zone
-Change your routine
-Listen to people
-Read something different
-Start a new hobby
-Write without thinking
-Talk to people