201 Tips to Jump Start Your Creativity

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    Electric flesh-arrows … traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm. ~ Anais Nin

    Creativity is like sex. You fumble your way through, you get lost in it, you fall in love. Both are passionate, rhythmic, pleasurable, and flowing. Both can bear fruit. And both can rack your soul with vulnerability, bliss, fear and awkwardness.

    I know, I know. Last time I appeared on Write to Done, I was naked so you’re probably thinking, “Is this woman sex-crazed?” Well, I do like to bare my soul once in a while, but what I love even more is exposing other people’s secrets.

    The people I speak of are writers. They lust writing. When you’re in lust, you can be desperate to keep that feeling alive. So when creativity goes limp, writers are the ones who know the secrets to keeping it interested. They know how to flirt with it, tease it and arouse it. In fact, they know hundreds of ways to get their creative freak on.

    Below, I’ve exposed some of their secret tips, methods, and techniques. After all, they just left them strewn across the web. I lovingly picked them up, adapted and played with them. Some are contradictory and some are in harmony. Dig in. Use the ones that entice your creativity the most. If you want more, link to the source for the original juice.

    Now, lie back, relax and take pleasure in these 201 provocative ways to arouse your creativity.

    Great hacks from Merlin Mann of 43 Folders

    1. Talk to a monkey. Explain what you’re really trying to say to a stuffed animal.
    2. Do something important that’s very easy.
    3. Try free writing.
    4. Take a shower; change clothes. Give yourself a truly clean start.
    5. Write from a persona. Lend your voice to a writing personality who isn’t you.
    6. Get away from the computer. Take pen and notebook, and go somewhere new.
    7. Quit beating yourself up. You can’t create when you feel ass-whipped.
    8. Stop visualizing catastrophes, and focus on positive outcomes.
    9. Stretch. Maybe try vacuuming your lungs.
    10. Add one ritual behavior. Get a glass of water exactly every 20 minutes. Do push-ups. Eat a Tootsie Roll every paragraph. Add physical structure.
    11. Listen to new music. Try something instrumental and rhythmic that you’ve never heard before.
    12. Write crap.
    13. Finish something.
    14. Write the middle. Stop whining over a perfect lead, and write the next part or the part after that.
    15. Do one chore. Sweep the floor or take out the recycling. Try something lightly physical to remind you that you know how to do things.
    16. Make a pointless rule. You can’t end sentences with words that begin with a vowel. Limits create focus and change your perspective.
    17. Work on the title. Quickly make up five distinctly different titles. Meditate on them. What bugs you about the one you like least?
    18. Write five words. Literally. Put five completely random words on a piece of paper. Write five more. Try a sentence. Could be about anything. A block ends when you start making words on a page.

      Rejuvenating Tips from Joel at Lifehack

    19. Surround yourself with creative people.
    20. Develop a morning ritual.
    21. Do an info-dump so your head is clear enough to create instead of worry.
    22. If you’re a crime writer, read fantasy. If you’re a productivity writer, read something about slacking off.
    23. Imitate the real world.
    24. Drink too much coffee.
    25. Play chess. Go outside. Sing in the shower.
    26. Don’t be too precious about your work. If the doctor and the garbage man can do their jobs every day, then those in a creative line of work can too.
    27. Consume information by the bucket load. The more you know, the more you can create from that knowledge.
    28. Meet new people from different walks of life. Strike up a conversation on the bus.
    29. Shut out the world. Instead of sucking in new information, sit quietly.
    30. Creativity is a muscle. Exercise it daily.
    31. Carry a notebook everywhere.
    32. Write down a list of ideas and draw random arrows between them.
    33. If you’re not on a tight deadline, walk away and do something completely unrelated.
    34. Create a framework. Instead of trying to rely on pure inspiration, think within the box you create for yourself.
    35. Remove obstacles to creativity. That friend who calls to complain about their life can wait until you can afford to get stressed about their problems.
    36. Don’t judge your ideas until you have plenty to judge.
    37. Keep a journal. It can get your mind working.
    38. Stop telling yourself you’re not creative.
    39. Don’t be a workaholic. Take breaks.
    40. Experiment randomly.
    41. If one thing isn’t working, try a new strategy.
    42. Choose a topic and write about it as wonderfully or badly as you possibly can.
    43. Trash what you’re working on. Start again.
    44. Exercise every day, before you sit down to be creative.
    45. Spend time with your children. Or someone else’s.

      Tips from Amy Ng of Pikaland

    46. Experience sights, sounds and smells. Sitting still won’t bring new ideas in; experimenting and trying new things will.
    47. Maintain a certain pattern to the day. A morning bath can start your work with a fresh mind and spirit.
    48. Jot down notes every night before bed and actively place worries onto paper.
    49. Keep a box labeled for each project. Toss everything in the box, and don’t worry about misplacing things or ideas.
    50. Keep a different sketchbook for different topics and ideas.
    51. Try and find the pattern between things, and connect the dots between random things just for fun.
    52. Practice, practice, practice.

      Dan Goodwin’s Wakeful Ways at A Big Creative Yes

    53. Let your mind wander and come up with whatever it wants to.
    54. Wake up ten minutes early, then go back to sleep and dream.
    55. Focusing entirely on one sense. Creative stimulation comes through our senses.
    56. Imagine waking up somewhere distant and exotic.
    57. Recall your creative triumphs. It means you can create something equally wonderful, if not more so, again. In fact you can go out and create it today.
    58. Count your blessings. As well as feeling happier, it will inevitably help you be more creative too.
    59. Choose just one creative aim for the day. What one creative project can you begin/continue/finish today?

      A few rules from Steve Pavlina

    60. Define a clear purpose. Vague intentions don’t trigger the flow state.
    61. Identify a compelling motive. You need a reason to be creative.
    62. Architect a worthy challenge. If a task is too easy, you don’t need to be particularly creative, so your creative self will simply say, “You can manage this one without me.”
    63. Provide a conducive environment. The optimal environment varies from person to person, so you’ll need to experiment to find what works best for you.
    64. Allocate a committed block of time.
    65. Prevent interruptions and distractions.
    66. Master your tools. Creating a tangible piece of creative work requires tools such as a computer, guitar, or pencil. You must achieve basic competency.

      Old Fashioned Advice from Mirko of Designer Daily

    67. Clean up your working space. Even if you are not a cleaning addict, a tidy desk helps to create a fresh start.
    68. Go jogging. Running is a great way to refresh your brain. The effort will also bring satisfaction. Self-esteem is good for creativity.
    69. Drink a beer with your buddies. Being happy will make you more productive. It will also give you greater enthusiasm.

      Creative encouragement from Jacob Cass at Just Creative Design

    70. Mindmap. Whether you use key words, images, colours, a hierarchy system, numbers, outlines, circles or random words, mindmapping gets your creative juices flowing.
    71. Finding inspiration in what other people have done and what has succeeded (or failed) is a great way to get your feet off the ground again.
    72. Take a moment to do something that makes you happy; that brings you joy; that you love; that centers you.
    73. Give gratitude. Thinking about all the things you are grateful for produces a positive energy flow and vibration.
    74. Be in the moment. Athletes call this ‘being in the zone‘. Give full attention to whatever you are doing: eating, washing dishes, making your bed.
    75. Flip through a book containing thought provoking images.
    76. Go to an art gallery.
    77. Practice asking yourself how to do something differently.
    78. Be Open. Never shut down or judge any idea that comes your way.
    79. Think on Paper. With a bunch of loose paper, start jotting ideas down.

      Artistic techniques from Karen Daniels at Write to Done

    80. Get some crayons and warm-up your creativity. Get a piece of paper and draw a totally useless picture of nothing at all.
    81. When you feel done, use a crayon to proudly sign the picture. Now, put your picture in a special frame and hang it on the wall.
    82. Name the colors in a box of crayons. Name them with abandon, using words like squashed-pea-green, severed-arm-blood-red, or dancing-fairy-silver.
    83. Next time your writing gets stuck, pull out your crayons and look at the colors. Remember the names. Write a few silly sentences. Then keep going.

      Inspiration from Jennifer Moline on Fuel Your Creativity

    84. Take it outdoors. The best inspiration is often free. Go for a hike. Take your laptop to a park. Look all around you. Soak up your surroundings.
    85. Head to a café. There’s a reason home-office folks don’t always work from home; they crave other humans. A change in surroundings can recharge your brain.
    86. Get some training. Not only could you learn something new, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to network.
    87. Volunteer. Getting your hands dirty for a good cause can be the source of more inspiration than you’d ever imagine.

      Guidance from Alison Motluk on New Scientist

    88. Embrace your inner grouch. Discontent may just be a vast, untapped source of creativity.
    89. Let your mind wander. A wandering mind may allow your brain to search more widely for connections that could trigger a “eureka” moment.
    90. Play an instrument. It may help you to think with both sides of your brain at once.
    91. Colour your world blue. It may be nothing more than an association with big skies and the open seas, but beholding the colour blue makes you more creative.
    92. Seek out creative company. The best ideas are forged not in moments of solitary genius, but during exchanges with trusted colleagues.
    93. Be more playful. Horsing around may be better in the long run than hunkering down.
    94. Raise a glass. Many of the most creative pursuits – jazz, for instance, and poetry – are associated with heavy boozing, but can a dram or two really help?

      The dirt from Joel Reyes on Design Revive

    95. Aim at being unique, not ordinary. Go right past the dull.
    96. Cataloging your ideas is productive because it allows you to go back and take a second gander while viewing your ideas on much larger scale.
    97. Use visual structuring. Getting your paper and pencil out not only lets you see your ideas on a physical level, but it will make you feel like a kid again.
    98. If all else fails, keep working. Some individuals work better as they reach their breaking point, they excel and take flight in the hardest of times.

      Perfect insights from Diggy on Goodlife Zen

    99. Stop being (other people’s) perfect. The expectation of making something perfect uses up emotional energy that you could put to much better use being creative and artistic.
    100. Ask yourself if you’re doing it for the right reasons. Even if you are not the best in the world at something, if you are really passionate about it, your passion can be an inspiration and motivation for others.

      How-to’s from Mark McGuinness of Lateral Action

    101. Don’t plan. Plans are good for buildings, savings, exercise. But there comes a point when it’s time to face the stage, the page, the canvas or the blank screen.
    102. Let go. You heard me. Let go!
    103. Start fooling around. Splash the paint on. Scribble the words down. Sing.
    104. Notice when you surprise yourself. Keep playing around with that one good riff until you find the next one growing out of it.
    105. Get good amazing feedback. Don’t settle for everyday compliments.
    106. Enjoy not knowing. Isn’t it nice to have one small corner of your life where you don’t know what you’re going to do, or what’s going to happen?

      A little advice from Julia M. Lindsay of Our Little Books

    107. Have clearly defined goals. This will help direct your attention to a purposeful outcome.
    108. Have balance between your skills and challenges. Too easy, you’ll be bored. Too hard, you may feel frustrated.
    109. Avoid multi-tasking. It is impossible to get immersed in an activity if you are not totally focused on it.
    110. Set aside a time to do non-productive tasks. Activities such as reading your e-mail, tweeting and making phone calls should be done at a defined time.
    111. Before you start, clean your desk, make sure you have the equipment you need, adjust the temperature and make sure the noise level is optimal.
    112. Adjust your goals as your skills increase.
    113. Avoid engaging in mindless tasks such as TV. Mindless activities are usually passive and decrease flow experiences.

      One trick from James Chartrand of Men with Pens

    114. Just say screw it. What I do know is that everyone gets jammed sometimes, even the pro writers you look up to. And when that jam happens, it’s important to remember that no one forgets how to write well. It doesn’t disappear. It’ll always be there. And maybe… maybe you just have to say screw it and stop looking for it so hard.

      Unblockers from Brian Clark of Copyblogger

    115. Avoid logical thinking. It’s often the enemy of truly innovative thoughts.
    116. Break the rules. Look at creative thinking as a destructive force. You’re tearing away the often arbitrary rules that others have set for you.
    117. Stop being practical. Practicality stifles innovative ideas before they can properly blossom.
    118. Allow your mind to be at play. You’ve heard the expression “work hard and play hard.” They’re the same thing to a creative thinker.
    119. View yourself as an explorer. In an era of hyper-specialization, it’s those who happily explore completely unrelated areas of life and knowledge who best see that everything is related.
    120. Give yourself permission to turn everything that’s accepted upside down and shake out the illusions.
    121. Give yourself permission to be a fool and see things for what they really are.
    122. Reject the false comfort of clarity. Ambiguity is your friend if you’re looking to innovate.
    123. Free yourself to make mistakes. Just try out your ideas. Ask yourself, what’s the worst that can happen if I’m wrong?
    124. Strip away all of your delusions and acknowledge that you’re inherently creative, and then start tearing down the other barriers you’ve allowed to be created in your mind.

      Motherly advice from Michelle Mitton of Scribbit

    125. Practice thinking. Think about things and formulate some opinions. They may be right, they may be wrong, but I bet they’ll be interesting.
    126. Use life markers for ideas. Old photos, family stories, a journal entry, a souvenir from a trip, a collection you love or a piece of clothing–if you’ve saved it for a reason there is most likely a story there.
    127. Look at your life as if you’re a stranger. Good writing is made up of details so learn to see the details of your own life.
    128. Look at what inspires other people’s creativity and then put your own personal spin on it. But whatever you do make it your own and bring your own life and talents to the task.
    129. Make lists. What are your favorites? Foods, colors, flowers, cars, games, habits? What are your pet peeves, your thrills or your favorite vacation spots? Use lists to spark an idea and run with it.

      Dos and Don’ts from Paul Indigo of Beyond the Obvious

    130. Don’t sit and write lists of ideas. All you’re doing is intellectual foreplay and pussyfooting around the problem. You’re not dealing with it head on.
    131. Don’t give up and sit sulking in the corner. Sooner or later you’re going to have to come out. You’re just prolonging the pain.
    132. Don’t compare your work to other peoples’. Everyone is unique. You have to find your own creative voice.
    133. Don’t choose the company of doubters and negative people. They will just pull you down.
    134. Do pick up your camera (or you pen) and start taking pictures (or writing) of anything and everything. One idea will lead to another.
    135. Do set yourself an achievable target.
    136. Do challenge conventions and the norm. Challenge everything you’ve learnt.
    137. Do think in terms of opposites, conflicts and interesting juxtapositions.
    138. Do realize and remember that all creatives feel the same as you do from time to time and some of the most successful are driven forward by tremendous self doubt. Turn the negative feelings into positive self motivation.
    139. Do surround yourself with people that believe in you and want you to succeed. This kind of support makes a world of difference.

      An abundance of ways from Marelisa Fábrega of Abundance Blog

    140. Stop second-guessing yourself.
    141. Experiment with different media: music, photography, writing or drawing.
    142. Read one page of the dictionary every day and write down any words that catch your attention.
    143. Show up even if you’re not feeling creative.
    144. Immerse yourself in the task at hand: do your research, read everything you can about your subject, attend seminars, ask experts for their input, and so on.
    145. Be curious about everything.
    146. Exercise during your lunch break.
    147. Go to the playground. Play hopscotch, jump rope, climb on the swings, and climb on the jungle gyms.
    148. Awaken your sense of wonder. Take yourself on some small festive adventure.
    149. Think of something routine you do on a daily basis and find a way to give it a little more pizzazz.
    150. Let your body contribute to your creative process by blaring the music and dancing around the room.
    151. Surround yourself with inspirational props, whether it’s books on creativity, images you find inspiring, or creativity quotes.

      Food for thought from Kristen Fischer on Freelance Switch

    152. Set aside a day. By making time to devote one day to your project of choice, you may be able to unblock everything by focusing on just one task.
    153. Alter your atmosphere. Try putting up some new art, rearranging the furniture or clearing out some clutter.
    154. Battle the blabber. Examining the psychology of feeling blocked may help you to unblock, and yes, writing about it can help you to untangle some knots inside and be able to finally, finally create.

      Some juicy tips from Tom Walker on RobsWebTips

    155. Hypnosis. Although some people may be skeptics, hypnosis and other forms of meditation can be perfect for relaxing the mind and body and getting your creative juices to running freely.
    156. Timer challenge. It might be useful to time yourself when you are working using an online timer. This will show you how productive you are being, and often when we are timed, we simply keep going and going.
    157. Identify your creative times. Choose those times when you know you will be the most creative.
    158. Don’t Force It. Stop. Do something else. When you get back you will feel far more refreshed and ready to get started.

      Positive thoughts from Henrik Edberg of The Positivity Blog


    159. Generate a boatload of ideas.
    160. Take a trip outside your personal bubble.
    161. Criticize later, or some part of your mind may feel threatened and shut up and withdraw.
    162. Build it. Like so many things in life creativity is a bit like lifting weights. If you train, over time you’ll build your creative muscles.
    163. Sleep less. When I feel a little groggy and sleepy, the words start flowing out of my fingers when I sit down to write.

      Black and white tips from Jody Cleghorn at Write Anything

    164. Arrive late and leave early. Get straight to the heart of the narrative.
    165. Learn to say no/no way/go f*ck yourself because no one else will stand up for your work.
    166. Go out and live your life. Do not allow yourself to become stuck in a hole of your own creativity.
    167. Make up the rules for what you want to produce.
    168. Work on several projects. This keeps you energized and working creatively even when one project isn’t firing.
    169. Try to write every day, even if just for a few minutes.
    170. Write simply and vividly.
    171. Don’t hold back and don’t protect yourself. Say things no one else has said before.
    172. Collaborate with new people.
    173. Cultivate a community of writers. Writing can be a lonely enterprise, but it doesn’t need to be – other writers understand where you are, what you’re thinking and feeling.

      Simple advice from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

    174. Play.
    175. Don’t consume and create at the same time — separate the processes.
    176. Shut out the outside world.
    177. Reflect on your life and work daily.
    178. Look for inspiration all around you, in the smallest places.
    179. Start small.
    180. Just get it out, no matter how crappy that first draft.
    181. Don’t try for perfect. Just get it out there, asap, and get feedback.
    182. Constantly make it better.
    183. Ignore the naysayers.
    184. But let criticism help you grow.
    185. Teach and you’ll learn.
    186. Shake things up, see things in new ways.
    187. Apply things in other fields to your field, in ways not done before.
    188. Drink ridiculous amounts of coffee.
    189. Write all ideas down immediately.
    190. Read wildly different things. Especially stuff you disagree with.
    191. Get lots of rest. Overwork kills creativity.
    192. Don’t force it. Relax, play, it will start to flow.
    193. Allow your mind to wander. Allow distractions, when you’re looking for inspiration.
    194. Then shut them off when you’re going to create.
    195. Do it when you’re excited.
    196. When you’re not, find something else to be excited about.
    197. Don’t be afraid to be stupid and silly.
    198. Small ideas are good. You don’t need to change the world — just change one thing.
    199. When something is killing your creativity, kill it.
    200. Stop reading creativity advice, clear away everything, and just create.
    201. Most of all, have fun doing it.

    Enough said.

    About the author

      Katie Tallo

      Katie Tallo is a writer, director, motivator, runner, vegetarian and mother who writes a blog that encourages steady, positive actions for sustaining joyful and vibrant life change, Momentum Gathering.

    • Cyberdude says:

      This is really cool! I really like the way you have written it. I like the way you have stated “Talk to a monkey. Explain what you’re really trying to say to a stuffed animal.”
      For creative people, I think it’s very important to get out of focus for a while and get back on it. Thanks for sharing

    • Glen says:

      I like #200. But shouldn’t it be earlier in the list?

    • Found this awesome loved the tips as Im starting out on a writing adventure jotted down my fav tips from them and will work on them daily ty 😉

    • Jud says:

      Fantastic!! I was ‘stumbling’ for inspiration for my new blog and this was the first site that came up! Thank you.

      • DaggerNagger says:

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    • JoDee Luna says:

      What a fantastic post. I’m going to savor these ideas one at a time along with a smooth cup of joe. I’m applying #160 with a twist, “Take a trip outside your personal [blogging] bubble.

    • jesse says:

      you forgot to mention eat abot an 8th of shrooms or 4 hits of lsd to really put a kick in that creative gene!

    • Liana says:

      As a beginning writer, this — by far — has been the most inspiring and supporting blog yet. Others were too bland, or there was too much to look at, or the blogger had no clue what the hell they were talking about. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to relate to all of that sex talk since I’m not even out of Junior High, but the rest was fantastic 🙂 Thanks so much! I will continue to look for your enlivening works.

      • Liana says:

        P.S. I really don’t think the first sentence was what I meant to say; doing Eng. homework at the same time so my brain is a bit frazzled : ) What I meant to say was that of all blogs that I found on the internet, yours has been the most helpful. I think I made it sound like your other blogs were boring, but THAT”S NOT WHAT I MEANT!

    • Julie says:

      I just came across this post, and even though I am coming a little late to the party, I wanted to let you know that I definitely enjoyed your post. It is a great collection of hints, tips and advice from a few different directions — all extremely helpful stuff. I’ll be posting a link to in on my site later today!

      • Great stuff, Julie. I’m glad you found it useful and hope your readers do too. The link is most appreciated by the Write to Done team.

    • Gil says:

      Wow, those tips were poetic

    • This is the first blog I have stumbled upon which is a Slice of Serendipity Pie..only this morning I was composing technicolor poetry!! Great post and now I stumble on….

      • Katie says:

        Wow, technicolor poetry … love the sound of that, bet it tastes good too.

    • I’m definitely adding this to my blogroll. You offer a lot that I find helpful for a new writer like me.


      • Katie says:

        That’s great, MPA. Most appreciated and I’m really glad this is helpful — especially to a new writer. That’s when you need this kind of variety to test and try to see what works for you. Best of luck and enjoy the process.

    • tiger says:

      The fact that the link “naked” didn’t lead to actual nakedness was highly disappointing.

      • Katie says:

        Hey Tiger, can’t please everyone.

    • The sort of mega list that’s worth bookmarking for later when struggling.

      • Katie says:

        Thanks Dave, much appreciated. I hope you don’t struggle too often and when you do, this helps. All the best.

    • This list is overwhelming.

      My question: how can I slow down my creativity and focus what’s left in a meaningful direction. 😉

      • Katie says:

        Hey Martin, Begin by not feeling you have to do everything on the list. It’s a buffet. Dip in and see what works. If you’ve already got buckets of creative ideas maybe you need to step away from the buffet, and take a look at what’s on your plate. If there’s too much, pick the stuff you love most and dig into that. Or maybe you need to sit way back a while, take a deep breath and not do anything creative. Simply sit with your ideas and then let some go, picking one thing that inspires you the most. I hope that helps.

    • JNET says:

      Thank you for this kama sutra of creativity list. I’ve been having fun with my writing and it must be from being loved and feeling sexy from many of the suggestions that you’ve noted here. I’ll be bookmarking this for future fun reference to getting my freak on 🙂


      • Katie says:

        Thanks for the lusty response. I hope you get your creative freak on lots and lots.

    • Q says:

      I’m insanely inspired right now. Thanks for this!

      • Katie says:

        Insanely inspired is awesome, Q! You’re very welcome.

    • Hi Katie,

      Thanks for sharing this great collection of ideas and including my humble musings. I’m honoured to be in such good company.

      All of the best,
      Paul Indigo

    • I loved this list!

      • Katie says:

        Thank you Andrea! Just the one who compiled it, but the real brilliance comes from the authors of the tips.

    • Jessi says:

      Thank you So much for these!! I mostly do fanfiction and I will almost kill my self trying to force my ideas into my head… Care if I print and save these?

      • Katie says:

        For sure Jessi, that’s what they’re here for! Print away! I’m so happy you find them useful for pulling all those great fanfiction ideas out of your head.

    • Fantastic. Love an uber-list!

      • Katie says:

        Uber-lists have something for everyone, don’t they? Thanks for commenting, Karen.

    • Jen says:

      all these tips are excellent, but to be honest, what really got me, what really unlocked a door for me was when you said creativity is like sex. thank you.

      • Katie says:

        Hey Jen, I’m glad you found these tips useful and that the sexy angle worked for you. It is a fun and provocative way to rethink creativity. Cheers.

    • CherylK says:

      Well, I’m printing this post and “posting” it above my desk…I love #129 (make lists) and #130 (don’t make lists)!! It all boils down to “whatever works”, I guess.

      • Katie says:

        Cheryl, don’t you love contradiction. You hit the nail on the head. It is all about what works for you. Lists work for some and not for others. That’s what makes our creative natures so unique and varied, along with our art. Thanks for commenting, printing and posting. That’s awesome.

    • C. A. Kobu says:

      I loved this post! I wish I had read it at least one day earlier. Great ideas and inspiration. Will land in my Gems-To-Study folder 🙂 Thanks a lot, Katie!

      • Katie says:

        Lovely C.A., I’m so happy you found inspiration. That’s the whole idea. Hey, that’s a great idea having a “Gems-To-Study” folder. Hmm, let’s make the #202. Have a great day.

    • Katie says:

      @Scott, thanks for much for the high praise. You’re on quite a roll yourself with guest posts. Have a great, creative weekend.

      @Manal, scheduling creative time is a great idea and a great way to just sit down and do it. I’m glad you found the tips useful and will use them in the future.

      @Angela, you are most welcome. I love that you’re buzzing!

      Thanks for the support all.

    • Katie,
      I’m simply buzzing with ideas now. Thank you for taking the time to put together this enormous resource from so many creatives out there!

    • Manal says:

      Excellent reminders Katie.

      Right now I am trying to focus on allocating a block of time to writing and committing to it no matter what.

      I’m sure I will need a lot of the advice listed here at one point or another. I’m going to print this one and keep it handy.

      Thank you for taking the time to write this post.

    • What an awesome post Katie. There is no doubt that you are 1. Very well read and 2. Care deeply about this topic. Such genuine writing. I am headed to the lake this weekend to clear the clutter and a few of these were perfect for my list.

      I loved your intro too. Your use of words (quite seductive ones in fact) to convey something as important as creativity, was poetic. Nicely done! You are a on a roll.


    • So many great tips and resources here! I’m familiar with a lot of blogs and creative-based sites, but there were a few here I wasn’t familiar with so thank you so much for sharing these tips with us. Love the picture, too! Ha! 😉

      • Katie says:

        Positively Present, so happy to hear you love the picture and have found some new creative resources. That’s what this post is really all about, expanding your creativity and sharing what works from one artist to another.

    • Gee, all this sex! Am I on the right blog??


      Yup. lol Well I’d reverse “creativity is like sex” and say that sex is creativity and what I really need to get going with my writing is a good old-fashioned….. OOOOPPS wrong blog!

      Awesome list, Katie 😀 Definitely deserves to be bookmarked or printed out as a referral. It could be like a daily affirmation list, or something like that. What a lot of work went into it! Thanks 🙂

      • Katie says:

        Love your light-hearted sense of humour, Leah. Embracing the list as an affirmation of all that is sexy and wonderful about creativity is very healthy and hopefully will spark a lot more than creativity for you Leah. Hehehehe.

    • Prerna says:

      Hi Katie,
      What a wonderfully inspiring post..Everyone gets stuck in a writing rut and tips like, Leo’s “Play” or John’s “Set a timer challenge” will really help spark creativity and generate ideas. Personally, I have been doing something similar to what Kristen suggests” Have a project day”.
      Will surely be trying out some of these tips in the near future:-)
      Best wishes!

      • Katie says:

        Hi Prerna,

        Much appreciated. Writing ruts are not fun and we all are so unique that I think one of these ways tips is likely to create that spark we need at any given time. I’m glad you’ll turn to them when you need them.

    • Shevonne says:

      Very inspiring. Will have to try one a day

      • Katie says:

        Great idea, Shevonne. So glad you found inspiration in the post. Have fun creating!!!

    • janet says:

      I am unsubscribing because I am sick of your sexist photos of women on every other post.

      • Katie says:

        Hello Janet, Sorry to have offended, that was not my intent. It was really just meant to be a fun twist on sparking one’s creativity, but perhaps it went too far in your eyes. I understand. I thought the photo was quite beautiful and subtle. I hope you re-consider unsubscribing as I do believe Write to Done is a wonderful resource for writers. I am quite certain that the editor’s will take your concern very seriously indeed.

    • Aileen says:

      Katie this post is incredible!
      It’s so chuck full of great resources, I’ve book marked it.

      You found really, really, great tips from across the blogosphere. Thank you for this resource!

      • Katie says:

        Aileen, thank you so much. I hope you find it useful.

    • Marelisa says:

      “Get their creative freak on”, love it! Thank you for including my tips in this awesome post, Katie.

      • Katie says:

        You are most welcome, Marelisa! It was fun exploring your blog. Your ideas were playful and unique. All the best being creative.

    • Well done, Katie (as usual)! I love how well-rounded this list is – something for everyone.
      Insane amounts of coffee – LOVE it!

      • Katie says:

        Ahhh, Karen, you’re sweet. It is a great list by a bunch of great writers. I miss coffee.

    • God, Katie, if creativity was like sex I’d have none for years!!! Seriously though, some posts show someone’s opinion, insight or learning. Your’s here shows pure effort, research and commitment. I’ve never seen such a comprehensive list with each one being a true nugget. Katie, without a word of a lie, you are fast becoming a top blogger, naked or not!

      • Katie says:

        Thank you John, you’re too kind. And I really appreciate your support. I hope you can use some of these nuggets to ignite your creativity. Cheers!

    • All great advice except for one thing: they are advice for someone who writes for a living. The problem with writing for money (and this is just my personal take) is that a critical slice of freedom is taken away — and that is the ability to write from the heart. It is writing that comes unbidden. It flows, it sings. For me, that is true creativity. A thing of beauty, a gift of joy that comes with no price tag.

      • Katie says:

        Hi Rebecca, I love how you describe writing from the heart as unbidden writing that flows and sings. I think that making money from writing doesn’t remove that joy or that heart, as long as what you write about is your truth, your passion and your calling. These writers love to write, have created blogs about their passion and are fortunate enough to make a living at it. I believe their advice is neither diminished nor is their freedom to be creative any less strong because they have been paid to do what they love. Likely, they would write even if they were not paid and I’m sure many do, but I can’t speak for them. Thank you for expressing your personal take.

        • Rebecca Pearson says:

          You might find this apropos of your topic. As they say, a camera is worth a thousand words…


          • Katie says:

            Good link, Rebecca. Here’s a quote, “Some possible cures for writers block: shoot some pictures on a camera that is incredibly difficult to operate; get drunk; try writing on a typewriter that ought to be in a museum. Probably, none of this will work, but you’ll have a little fun while you’re being frustrated.”

    • Love this massive list and your great post, Katie! This is most definitely a bookmark-worthy article.

      My own creativity is currently healthy and robust, but I’m still going to spice things up with a couple of these ideas. And, if things head south in the creativity department, there’s some excellent advice here about finding that zip again.

      You’ll laugh when you read my blog title today, by the way. It looks like something you’d write 🙂

      • Katie says:

        Hi Jean, So glad to hear your creativity is robust. Doesn’t surprise me one bit. You are so prolific and talented. I saw your blog title. Great stuff. Nude creativity is in!

    • Katie, now I’m adding detective to your job description. You really found some fabulous tips from great writers.

      Too bad I need to tame my creative monster rather than arouse it. Still, if I ever lose my creative muse, I’ll know right where to come!

      • Katie says:

        Thank you Alison. Keep the list in your back pocket just in case your monster goes on holiday.

    • Stuart says:

      Your posts are great. This is really interesting again. I love coming back to read your blog via your twitter updates.Thanks for the inspiration it will help with my new blog

      • Katie says:

        Thanks Stuart. Best of luck creating your new blog.

    • As list posts go, this one is excellent, Katie. Thanks for all the great tips from these very creative minds!

      • Katie says:

        Thanks Joe. We can never have enough creative tips to get our mojo going. Glad you like it.

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