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10 Ways to Evict Creative Block from Your Head


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Need some ideas but can't think of anything, right? You believe you aren't the creative type so you spend your time looking at the wall, growing more frustrated by the second. So, you find yourself here browsing Slideshare in the hopes of sparking something...anything...that will get you over the hump.

Consider the hump paved. Here are 10 ways to bust through that blank wall blocking you from reaching those ideas on the other side and kick unimaginativeness to the curb.

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10 Ways to Evict Creative Block from Your Head

  2. 2. We hear it all the time from people — how they aren’t good at coming up with ideas. That’s a cop- out. Like anything else in life, you have to work at it. Say it with us, I AM CREATIVE.
  3. 3. SO, HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR MIND’S MOTOR RUNNING? Here are 10 EXERCISES to help keep creativity from slipping into idle.
  5. 5. Walk through your local bookstore and hit up the Alternative History section. There you’ll find some pretty gnarly/weird “What If” scenarios spanning just about every topic. 1
  6. 6. WHAT IF 4.5 billion years ago the moon hadn’t formed? WHAT IF the Cuban Missile Crisis had escalated into full-scale war? WHAT IF another advanced species existed? WHAT IF I hadn’t eaten that third burrito? 1
  7. 7. NOW SEE HERE 2
  8. 8. Go somewhere that has a decent amount of casual foot traffic, like a mall, sit on a bench or at a table, and start observing people as they go through their day. Make up what you envision their story is. 2
  9. 9. Who are they? What are they doing there? What do they see when they look into a mirror? Just focus on stretching your mind. The answers don’t have to be right. But you do get creeper points if they are. 2
  10. 10. THROW A CHANGEUP 3
  11. 11. Rearrange everything you do for one whole day so it’s no longer routine. If it’s how you usually do something, don’t do it. Unless it’s those pills you have to take. Do that. 3
  12. 12. 3 Change your furniture placement, your driving habits, how you get ready in the morning, how you greet people, what clothes you wear. Hell, try eating with your other hand.
  13. 13. DON’T BE YOURSELF 4
  14. 14. Ditch whoever you are. Then take a short trip to somewhere no one will know you, be it for a few hours, a few days, or a two-week vacation, and make up a whole new identity. 4
  15. 15. 4 Create a backstory: where you were born, which college you went to, what you do for a living, how you got that Halloween- makeup scar.
  16. 16. 5 COMFORT- B-GONE
  17. 17. Join a group, club, or team that seems an odd fit for you. Will it be awkward? Probably for a little bit, but it’ll keep you on your toes, get you thinking outside your comfort zone, and learning new things. 5
  18. 18. 5 Sign up for a group predominately made up of the opposite sex or is a social hobby you’d never have dreamed of doing before this. Competitive ironing, anyone?
  19. 19. TO THE TOP 6
  20. 20. Enter your name into an election -- PTA, city council, Oprah fan club -- and get it on the ballot. As a candidate, you’re going to be shaking a lot of hands and kissing plenty of babies. 6
  21. 21. 6 The more people you meet the more personalities and viewpoints you’re exposed to and the more you’ll learn. Besides, it’d be pretty cool to see your name on there. Just be prepared if you do happen to win, Mr./Mme. President.
  22. 22. DONE AND DONE 7
  23. 23. Think about the challenging activities you enjoy most and how they drive you to succeed. Now forget them. What remains are ones you consider “the impossible.” They’re activities you look at and think “I could never do that” or “I’m not skilled enough.” Go ahead and give it a shot. 7
  24. 24. 7 Try juggling, learning the alphabet backward, spinning a basketball on your finger — whatever you ordinarily wouldn’t even think to try. Even if you don’t beat the odds, you’ll already have done more than most people ever attempt.
  26. 26. Utilize your talents or hobbies during spare time to make money or go to a new level. Make great desserts? Offer them for sale. Nowadays, you can easily set up a small business and website in a matter of hours. 8
  27. 27. 8 Now, we’re not talking about those “I made 25 grand a week by sitting at my computer eating Oreos” opportunities you see in comment sections. We mean utilizing your actual talents or hobbies for some kind of profit.
  28. 28. WAR OF WORDS 9
  29. 29. Like your mom said when you were little, use your words. One of the best ways to learn and expand your thinking is to get into a debate with someone. Not only do you have to do research on your topic but you also have to prepare for what your opponent might say. 9
  30. 30. 9 Debating has become the world’s favorite pastime thanks to social media. Not sure where to start? How about and See how easy that was? Or wasn’t? Which side are you on?
  31. 31. IN A WORLD... 10
  32. 32. Have a friend find 10 random images online and email them to you. Now, imagine they are all covers of a book or posts for a movie. Your job is to choose a few and come up with a title and synopsis for each. It’s a great exercise for developing creativity and for showing Hollywood it is still possible to come up with new ideas. 10
  33. 33. 10 The genre, topic, story — everything is up to you. What you come up with must connect the image somehow to the overall story. Then, send the stories back to your friend and see which ones they’d read/see if actually developed.
  34. 34. When you learn something new your brain literally changes. If you keep doing the same old things day in and day out how do you expect to come up with new ideas?
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  37. 37. CREDITS Slide 1 & 35: Slide 2 & 36: Slide 3 & 34: rhythms-to-treat-parkinsons-disease-and-tremor Slide 4-6: Slide 7-9: Slide 10-12: Slide 13-15: Slide 16-18: Slide 19-21: Slide 22-24: Slide 25-27: Slide 28-30: Slide 31-33: