Ways To Stay Creative

It’s tough to juggle all those responsibilities AND move goals forward. When I get stuck, I rely on my own ways to stay creative – and now I’ll share them with you!

  1. Keep lists of amazing people, opportunities, successes and things
  2. Celebrate your quirkiness
  3. Sing your favorite song at the top of your lungs while driving in the car
  4. Research your family tree, and be on the lookout for interesting scoundrels
  5. Take a walk in nature and listen to the music of the wind and the birds
  6. Make direct requests to the Universe and be open to receive
  7. Hang out with happy, interesting deep thinkers
  8. Eat a cookie. Eat another. Eat three, if that’s what it takes
  9. Ask for feedback from people you admire and respect
  10. Persevere. It’s okay to walk away once in a while, but giving up is not an option
  11. Write. write. write. Spellcheck. Cut, cut, revise. Red pencil. Write, write, write
  12. Don’t freak out if you make a mistake – sometimes the unplanned works out much better than the original intention
  13. Try new things. In fact, keep lists of all the new things you want to try (see #1!)
  14. Stare out the window – and really see!
  15. Every evening, recount the five best things that happened to you that day
  16. Work hard. Eat, sleep, and play well
  17. Be a risk-taker. Baby steps are okay
  18. Molly’s favorite: Screw the rules!
  19. Do at least one thing that makes you happy every day
  20. Feeling out of sorts? Tough Love Reminder: Since when does how you feel this minute have anything to do with what you need to accomplish?
  21. Get to work or go outside and play, but commit to something
  22. READ YOUR THESAURUS! Don’t own one? Good God, and you’re a writer?
  23. Shoot for excellence. Perfect is absolutely no fun, and it makes people wrong
  24. Make lists of all your ideas – good, bad, impractical, silly (See #1!)
  25. Clean up/organize something – anything!
  26. Overwhelmed? Get back on track by focusing on one item you need to do – and complete it
  27. Always remember to carry blank note cards and a pen so you can scribble down the crazy things people say in the real world (This from Anne Lamott, “Bird by Bird”)
  28. Call a friend who will make you laugh!
  29. Fresh brewed coffee or good wine, depending on the time of day – or not (see #18)
  30. When all else fails: Talk it out with the dog – or your best friend, or your Mom, whichever works

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16 Responses to Ways To Stay Creative

  1. Peabea June 17, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    Some really, really good points on your list….I actually already do some of them, but you have some that I need to try. Enjoyed..thanks.

  2. Jacqui Murray June 21, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    What a wonderful list. Fresh and original. Love #30.

    • Molly Greene June 21, 2011 at 1:23 am #

      Jacqui, thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment! My favorite is #18, LOL.

  3. Pamela Beason September 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    I love this list. I’d add one more–brainstorm with friends, or even perfect strangers. Ask them “What if…” and see what they come up with. Left-field ideas can really jog you out of that rut you’ve fallen into.

    • Molly Greene September 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

      Thanks and great idea Pam, I agree! I’ve had conversations with seatmates on a plane that have stuck with me forever. You’re so smart!

  4. Naomi February 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    #3 – I thought everyone did this! It is such a great way to relax and be creative. It’s a two hour drive to my parents, during which I seem to cycle through The Doors Morrison Hotel and Janis Joplin’s greatest hits..

    #21 – great advice, though my preference is usually to work outside. My favorite variation of this being a pair of gardening gloves, and a chair with a notepad and pen for when I get tired of weeding 🙂

  5. Galit Breen April 20, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    I love these, Molly!

    we all get stuck sometimes – these are fabulous ways to pull ourselves up and out!

  6. Christina Hollis August 11, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Great list, Molly – thanks! I’m all for point 5. Getting out for a walk or run in the fresh air always does it for me.

  7. Jack Bushell October 27, 2012 at 5:34 am #

    Okay, I was digging on your list until half way through and realized I hadn’t seen coffee yet. With each new item I became more and more crestfallen as, though I agree and have done a lot of what’s on your list, I began daydreaming of Juan Valdez and his Columbian beans. I laughed at a few things but felt as if I were becoming disconnected with your post because, really, what creative mind out there doesn’t have a pot of coffee or a Starbuck’s close by? Then, when all hope was seemingly lost, I read line 29 and all of my hope in your list was restored! I even read it again! Jovially and almost hooting for joy! Your list made me smile this morning. Thank you!

    • Molly Greene October 27, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      … and Jack, your comment made ME smile this morning! I must admit that although I love my cuppa in the morning, I’m not a coffee fanatic, hence caffeine’s absence on my list :-O I love that you found my blog, please be a regular visitor!

  8. P.I. Barrington November 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    All great except #7…deep thinkers are rarely happy…trust me, I know. ReTweeted for you!

    • Molly Greene November 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      Ha! Often true. Thank you deep thinker for the read, comment and RT support!

      • P.I. Barrington November 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

        No no, I am not the deep thinker…lol! My pleasure I like to RT articles I think my followers will like and find useful!

  9. Valerie OBrien February 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    This is a stellar list! No.14 is my favorite. I will definitely work on “seeing.”

  10. Ying Ying Shi August 3, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    Brilliant list. Fantastic and fun ways to fuel our creativity. N°8 was just fantastic. I was tasting the third cookie before writing these lines. It worked 😉

    • Molly Greene August 3, 2014 at 11:34 am #

      Yaaay! Thanks so much!