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How to Get and Stay Creative

One mark of the 21st century is that practically everyone has access to incredible creative tools. You can make a video with your phone and upload it to YouTube without any special equipment or training. You can create a collage with clicks and you can blog in your pajamas with a toddler at your feet.

But artistic inspiration is still as hard to come by as ever—In fact,  it’s even harder to think deeply and be artistic or creative now that we are constantly distracted by the very devices that allow us to express ourselves.

Even if you don’t work in a creative field, having a creative outlet keeps you well-balanced and staves off depression. Why do you think mommy blogging has become such a thing!

From Lance Larsen’s Coaxing the Muse: Thoughts on the Creative Process, here are 6 ways to get and stay creative.

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  • Read 2 of 7
    Read
    "The 1st principal is numbingly obvious (and therefore often neglected)—read. Let me rephrase that: read, read, read!"
  • Practice Daily 3 of 7
    Practice Daily
    "Most successful writers, like concert pianists and competitive athletes, have consistent work habits. They have learned the secret of doing at least a little bit every day, of breaking down the eating of the elephant into constituent bites."
  • Let the Writing Lead You 4 of 7
    Let the Writing Lead You
    "I write to figure things out. In early drafts, this often means writing badly. More often than not, the awkward and uncooked lets me see what's on my mind." What's on your mind?
  • Revise Yourself into Elequence 5 of 7
    Revise Yourself into Elequence
    "Just as you must be willing to lower your standards, at first, and write sloppily and inventively, not knowing what you will produce, you must at a later stage step in and revise without mercy."
  • Fall in Love With the World and Take Notes 6 of 7
    Fall in Love With the World and Take Notes
    "Don't trust your brain to hold on to things. Write it down in a notebook, on a receipt, in a checkbook, even in the margins of a textbook." William Blake wrote: To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, And Eternity in an hour.
  • Immerse Yourself in Other Disciplines 7 of 7
    Immerse Yourself in Other Disciplines
    "Let other ways of thinking infect your own."

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