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For the Artists Who Like to Remain Strictly Out of the Box

Spring Into Creativity by Gioya McRae

We all have times when our creativity sags. These times of lack cause us to doubt our abilities and creative gifts. We may think our age or a lack of talent is influencing our downward spiral. We hope to climb out of our artistic valleys and back into the sunlight of our imaginations. How do we bounce back, regain our confidence, and release new springs of creativity?

Here are some ways to get our grooves back:

Listen to new music

Sometimes our minds need to be exposed to new elements. Listening to music in a new genre stretches our thoughts outside our comfort zones and the creativity flows in. If you usually listen to jazz, switch to classical. You’ll be surprised at how new creative paths open up for you.

Turn off the technology

We are constantly inundated with outside messages from television, computers and smart phones. Enough already. Give your brain a rest from the traffic. If you’re a writer or graphic artist, create with a pencil and paper for a spell. You’ll be surprised at how your imagination kicks in when you give it space to operate.

Collaborate

Contact a creative friend and watch your juices flow. It’s surprising how a conversation with another creative spirit can spark your own ingenuity. Don’t limit yourself to artists in the same vein as yourself. If you’re a writer, talk to a painter or a dancer. An exchange of ideas will fill you both with inspiration.

Talk with a child

See the world through a child’s eyes. Children never run out of ideas. A child can turn a stick into a toy and a box into a castle. Have a conversation with a 5-year-old and renew your vision of the world.

Take a break

Sometimes we just push ourselves too hard. This often happens in the middle of a creative project. If you feel stuck in one place, stop and have a cup of tea on the terrace, take a walk around the block, or pick up a sandwich and eat it in the park. You could even take a nap! Our minds need rest just like our bodies do. Free your creative juices with a mini vacation.

These methods are simple, but effective. The next time you think your creativity is depleted, think again. A slight change in your routine can make all the difference. Rejuvenate your creative powers and unleash a new stream of artistry on the world. Create!

About Gioya McRae

Gioya McRae, Founder of Mocha Mind Communications, is a certified creativity coach, author, speaker and publisher. She coaches people in writing and self-publishing. Please visit http://mochamind.com for more information.

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About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter is the Editor and Creator of the Free Fall Literary E-Zine and the Spoken Like A Queen E-Zine. She has dedicated herself to the power of the words and given into her passion for writing and has been writing poetry officially since the age of ten. She has a book of poetry titled “The Art of Love” published through lulu.com under the pen name Gemini. She is currently finishing up with her first novel and already working on her second. In 1998 she had her poem “Rest In Peace” published in an anthology put out by the International Library of Poetry and in the Spring of 2007 will have another poem titled “Through The Eyes of an Angel” published in another anthology also put out by the International Library of Poetry. She was also awarded the Editor’s Choice Award for that poem as well. She is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing N your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big. Jimmetta can be contacted by sending her an e-mail at freefall_lbp@yahoo.com or jcladyluv@yahoo.com.

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