Feeling Less Creative? How to Refuel Your Imagination Before it Runs Out.

Feeling Less Creative? How to Refuel Your Imagination Before it Runs Out.

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These days, most of our creative energies flow out of us directly into a computer. Our hands are capable of so much more than typing and clicking, but we almost constantly limit them to handling our electronic devices.

If you’re stuck in a creative rut, it might be because you’re trapped in the unnatural glow of 2D. Even with the most advanced apps for artists, using technology means your hands don’t get the opportunity to interact with your art the way they do when you’re writing on paper, drawing in a sketch book, sculpting with clay, etc.

Sure, creativity is technically taking place in our brains, but the sensations that we get from using our hands for art are unique. Interacting with the world around us inspires us to feel — both physically and emotionally. Physically interacting with objects while in a creative mindset hones your imagination’s hand-eye coordination.

It might seem like the secret to creativity is drinking your coffee, listening to your curated productivity playlist, and sitting down at the keyboard. (And that might be the case) but having too much of a routine means that your creativity is at risk to become routine itself. Routine creativity becomes stale creativity, which nobody wants.

Most of March, I felt as if my writing was no longer a creative endeavor but a chore — like writing a series of formulaic high school papers (which, frankly, I wasn’t good at in high school. I always got marked down for not sticking to the formula). This year, I’ve spent so much time reading successful blogs that I was trying to figure out the formula to their success instead of just enjoying the process of finding my own.

 Photo by  Demi DeHerrera  on  Unsplash

A trip to the desert helped me discover both my problem and my solution. Staying in a house with no wifi, we figured we’d just go to town to connect. But a special event drew huge crowds and the tiny town was a zoo. So, we decided against snagging coffee shop wifi.

The end result wasn’t anything I could use — it was far too flowery. But, I came away with a refreshing reconnection with nature (despite being stuck inside during the storm) and a playfulness that I haven’t felt in a long time with regard to my writing.

The rest of the trip, I spent the time that I would be working on my computer working with my hands instead — creating something tangible and fun to look at sparked new ideas for my writing.


Taking a break from the computer, tablet, or phone can be very energizing. You don’t have to take off a few weeks like I did, but I would recommend one day to see how it makes you feel.

Instead of checking your phone for entertainment, create something. Use materials that you can feel. Writing on paper is good, but it’s even better to break out from your comfort zone and do something you haven’t tried or haven’t done in a long time.


Need a creativity-boosting activity to get you started?

The beauty of these activities is that the product doesn’t have to be a masterpiece! These things are just a way to stretch and activate a piece of your creative brain that isn’t getting tapped when you do your regular day-to-day creative activities.

 Photo by  Quino Al  on  Unsplash

Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash

Little to no equipment required:

  • Dance around the room
  • Cook something you’ve never made without using a recipe
  • Doodle
  • Using pen and paper, write in a style you’re not comfortable with (ex. poetry or creative short story)
  • Color a picture using unexpected hues

Some Equipment required:

  • Knit/crochet something without using a pattern
  • Sculpt a mini figure
  • Build a structure from Legos or Lincoln Logs
  • Make a card with construction paper, scissors, and a glue stick
  • Paint a picture
  • Scrapbook/write in a photo album
  • Draw with sidewalk chalk
  • Construct something out of wood

Trying different forms of creativity stretches your imagination’s muscles. This method takes you out of and challenges your routine process for creativity. There are endless options, which might be overwhelming. 

The best activity to start with? 

Dancing! Get creative with your whole body with no other supplies required. Don’t do a routine, just wiggle around and feel silly / sexy / happy / sensual / connected. The more creative your whole body is, the better. 

Originally posted April 4, 2018 on The Startup 

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