To become a successful blogger, creativity is key. Even though it might sound cheesy, blogging is all about creating something that enrich your reader’s life. You have to create content of value. That being said, that doesn’t mean that you have to offer your readers discounts at the end of each post or arrange expensive giveaways. I want you to focus on making your readers feel something. Make them smile, laugh or learn something – if you manage to do that, I can guarantee you that they will come back for more!
I feel like many people believe that you have to be born creative, but that is simply not true. Everyone can be creative, but you have to practice and nourish your imagination. The brain is a funny thing and it becomes lazy if you don’t train it. Lately, I have been working towards becoming more creative myself, and in the process I have learned 10 different methods you can use to spark your creative genius. Since I live by the motto: “secrets are boring, let’s share what we know with each other”, I decided that I wanted to share my methods with you.
- Write Down 10 Ideas While You Eat Breakfast
This is a genius way to kick start your brain in the morning! Just write down the first ideas that you can come up with. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s an idea. Sometimes the ideas might come to you right away, but it’s not unusual to struggle after the four first. They key is to push your brain the extra mile and don’t give up before you have 10 different ideas written down on the paper in front of you.
- Write Morning Pages
This point is somewhat similar to the first one, but here it’s all about writing everything that crosses your mind while you’re sitting in front of the computer. This is called “brain-dumping” and works as a “lasting creative awakening”.
- Explore the Unknown
It can be hard to think out of the box if you do the same things at the same time every day. Try something new, something out of your comfort zone. When we take ourselves out of our comfort zone and push through our fears, we liberate ourselves, gain new perspectives and expand our creative minds.
- Keep an Idea Book
.. and carry it with you wherever you go! Sometimes the best ideas might come to you at the weirdest places and we tend to forget them if we don’t write them down.
- Create a Vision Board
A vision board is a place where you put pictures and text that represent who you are or who you want to be. Hang your vision board in your office, by your bed or somewhere else where you spend time frequently. The key is to take a quick glance at it when you feel lack of motivation or feel like you need something to keep you focused.
- Exercise Your Imagination
Visualization and imagination is the source of everything that has ever been created. The more we visualize something we want to create, the more likely it’s to be created – easy as that!
- Write, Write, Write and Don’t Judge!
The biggest enemy of creativity is self-doubt. We tend to judge everything we do before we even do it. Try to write non-stop without backspacing anything. It might not turn out to be something great, but it relaxes your mind and makes the ideas flow more frequently.
- Don’t Be a Perfectionist
It’s great to have the intention of doing everything hundred percent, but if you are focusing too much on the small details, you might get stuck. Give your mind a break and focus on the details later!
- Daydream… And Then Get Back to Work!
This is probably my favorite tips because I’m such a big day dreamer, but don’t use this as an excuse to get away from work. Take your time, but don’t spend all day daydreaming..
- Embrace Something Absurd
Good ideas might seem weird at first, but don’t be afraid to embrace them! I have a rule when I’m in the problem solving process and that is to write down everything. Nothing is too weird to be written down!