K. D. Dowdall

Pen and Paper

We’re all looking for ways to increase creativity, but sometimes it isn’t easy. No matter what kind of work you do, sometimes you run into a wall; the ideas dry up and you feel anything but creative. It happens to everyone. Don’t worry. You’re not alone. You need a break. You need a strategy. You need a saga.

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Here’s your saga, delivered in 16 steaming hot points. Use them, abuse them, but do tell me how they work for you.

1. Consistent Effort If you make a consistent effort to create new things, you’re bound to have results. If you just wait around for inspiration to strike, you could be waiting for a long time. Inspiration tends to strike those who are already in the middle of the creative process. A reward, if you will, for your diligent work.

2. Record Everything Keep a notebook, sketchbook, or recording device handy at all times. Ideas are slippery as eels, and if you wait too long, the damn things will swim away. If you have a smashing idea just before you fall asleep, you probably won’t remember it in the morning, and if you’re driving or rolling on the subway, something else will distract your attention.

3. Elaborate on Something If you’ve already made something cool, go back and see if you can’t expand on it. Especially if some time has passed and an idea has had time to incubate, you’ll have new things to add, angles to elaborate on.

4. Switch Gears If you’re doing brain work, do body work, and vice versa. If you’re writing a report, do a puzzle, if you’re building a sculpture of a giant chrome sponge, sing a song.

5. Think Laterally Look for associated ideas, especially while you’re already working on something. As I’m writing this, I’ve had ideas for four six more posts. While I won’t use them all, it’s nice to have them to draw from.

6. Mind Maps Mind maps are effective because they make the most of lateral, horizontal thinking. They give you a chance to put a lot of information down about a topic without worrying about actually organizing the information. This is just my opinion, but mind maps may be a close representation of how thoughts are structured. Here’s the wiki entry.

7. Don’t be Afraid of Bad Ideas When you have a lot of bad ideas, you’re bound to have good ones. Plus, with lots of bad ideas you’ll have less trouble telling the good from the bad.

8. Get Emotional Horror movies and comedies come to mind, but you can also read really sad stories, instigate an argument with a stranger, walk in a grave yard, whatever. Just apologize if things get out of hand.

9. Hang out With Friends Depending on your ‘vert persuasion*, you may need more or less of this, but fun with friends can be relaxing. Just shooting the shit and forgetting about things for a while can give your brain some breathing room (*introvert or extrovert).

10. Sleep On It Whether you’re working on a problem or looking for new ideas, sleep can give your brain the chance to mull a problem over, give you a new plan of attack.

11. Take a Hike Walking is good, but hiking is better. Mind-body connection, you’ve heard it before, but it really works. If you’re trying to generate new ideas or feeling stumped, getting the blood flowing seems to mix things up.  When the body starts working, more neurons start firing. While walking is good, getting  out in the woods is better. Being in nature reduces stress.


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10 thoughts on “16 Ways to Increase Creativity and Generate ideas!

  1. I find that if I am very stressed at work, I struggle to write poetry although it doesn’t seem to effect my prose writing. Relaxing seems to work for me. A great list of ideas for creativity. The last one was most interesting.

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    1. Robbie…I know. Work stress complicates writing, especially poetry. You are an incredible poet and I am glad this post added a few nuggets of interest for you. Karen 🙂

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  2. I tend to binge watch horror movies or ghost shows….works almost every time!

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    1. I binge on ghost movies and witch stories and they are generally horror stories too. Karen

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  3. Great post! And exactly what I needed today. Sometimes, I think, we just need to hear that it’s ok to hit a wall, that it’s not a permanent position, and that shaking things up will help us through it. These are great tips–some of them things I’d never thought of before. It’s like you were inside my brain and knew exactly what I needed to hear to help clear my head. Huge thanks!

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    1. You are welcome Lynne, and it was my pleasure. All of us hit a wall sometimes and I found those tips really good too. Karen 🙂


  4. lynnefisher says:

    Great post! Really enjoyed the broad down to earth nature of it and have shared on twitter and facebook. :>)

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    1. Lynne, thank you so much. I thought it was really good too and simply to understand. Karen

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  5. I love these ideas thanks for sharing them Karen. I am a Creative Life Coach and also have a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to look? Have also included the link to my coaching website in case you are interested in seeing this too and do feel free to share with others as many of my sessions are held online via Skype, Facetime or Zoom.

    Sunny greetings from Switzerland,

    Sam 🙂



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    1. Sam, thank you and I do like this charming poem, because many things we do – do need cutting back! K. D. 🙂

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