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I just LOVE being creative! I love to create. The idea that I can bring something into existence that wasn’t there before fascinates me.
Writing is my main creative outlet, but I need other ways to express my creativity. Or sometimes I need other creative outlets as a warm-up to spark creativity in my writing. The more ways I have to be creative, the happier I am. Do you feel the same way?
If writing isn’t enough to satiate your need to be creative, or if you need creative outlets to prepare you to write, these may come in handy.
Creative Outlets for Writers
Grab a camera or use your phone and take some pictures! Photography can be a great way to stay creative when not writing. You can experiment with lighting and angle. You can experiment with focus and blur. Take pictures inside or out. What I love most about photography is that a picture you take can be a great source of inspiration for a poem, scene, or a story. You could even take pictures that help you visualize your current writing project.
Magnetic Poetry Kit
I’ve had these for a while, and I absolutely love them. They have an original kit that comes with over 300 words. They also have supplemental kits that come with over 200 words. I have the Happiness kit, but there are tons of different options.With additional kits sold in themes like Cowboy, Garden, Haiku, The Mountains, and Unicorn Lover—just to name a few—what’s not to love? I will definitely be buying more. Either the original or the Sloth Lover. Haven’t quite decide yet. 😉 Having my magnets visible in my writing space and creating sentences fills me with inspiration. They are great when I need a break from writing but still want to be creative with words. They are seriously addicting! They are also a great way to encourage kids to be creative with words.
The magnets are good quality. I like their size and durability. They did get my fingers black when I broke them apart, but it immediately came off when I washed my hands. When breaking the sheets I worried they’d bend permanently since they are not large magnets. But as long as I bent where they tore before actually tearing them, they were fine. The magnets are nice and sturdy. They are easy to take off my whiteboard, but don’t feel like they’re going to fall off on their own.
Whether it’s some relaxing yoga, a quick walk, or training for a marathon, exercise is one of the best things a writer can do. Exercise is a great way to de-stress and regain focus. It can be a great way to unwind after a stressful writing session. Or it can be a useful part of your morning routine to help you prepare for a successful writing session. You can exercise for as long as you want, but even a 15-minute walk on a regular basis can be of great benefit. Exercising outside can be great for the writer’s brain because it gives you a chance to observe more of the world you live in!
Adult Coloring Books
There are so many adult coloring books that can be a great way to keep the right brain active if you need to get those creative juices flowing. Some are full of intricate patterns and designs to color. Others actually use mostly pictures (but also words) to tell a story. If you like the coloring books where each page is a different pattern, there are tons of options. If you want to color something more than kaleidoscope-like patterns, The Time Garden is a good choice.
I have The Time Garden and love the beautiful illustrations. Many coloring books are printed on thin paper that isn’t poor quality, but isn’t the best either. Since The Time Garden is a story and a coloring book it does a good job resembling both. There are just enough words to set up and end the story without interrupting the elegant coloring pages. Mine came with a dust jacket, and the paper quality is perfect for coloring. The paper is also thick and sturdy like that of a published book. The quality of this coloring book is better than most coloring books.
Start a writing session or end a long day with a bit of meditation. You can meditate for a minute, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Meditation is a great way to clear the mind and take care of yourself. Meditation can be a simple breathing exercise or a more engaging activity to reflect and ponder. It can be something that you guide yourself through, or you can find apps that will guide you through some meditation. Headspace is a great meditation app that guides you through different meditations. There is a free 10 day trial and then you pay a monthly subscription.
When you are not writing, how do you stay creative?