6 Online Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

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If you are in business, you need to stand out from the rest of the pack. Finding ways to present creatively is an important key. Don’t believe creativity and business go together? Read Catarina’s post Are Entrepreneurs Artists?

With the idea that getting one’s creative juices flowing can help your business, here are few sites with creative exercises, activities or ideas:

Writing

Nothing like a few writing prompts to get a person taking out pen and paper and going with flow! Read Jeri’s latest writing exercise Writer’s Workout: Sentence Sounds. Or if family history stimulates, try Ruchama King Feuerman’s writing prompt. Both of these are writing prompts for fiction or memoirs – if you know of prompts for business writing, that would be useful.

Marketing

I didn’t know anything about marketing before I started blogging. Then I met some quite creative online marketing bloggers. To market one’s product, one must think in a creative fashion. Or else your product or service will look the same as the next guy’s. Need some good marketing questions? Try this post from Susan Oakes: Marketing Simplicity, Business Growth, Happy Loyal Customers – in which she asks, how do you differentiate your brand simply?

Apps for Boosting Creativity

Got a smart phone? An iPad? There are many apps out there that can get the juices flowing. One of my favorites is EverNote – I can just leave a note to myself when I’m waiting in line and can’t do much else. A good blog to visit to learn more about apps is the Wonder of Tech by Carolyn – see her post, for example, on Amazing Apps for Today, Tomorrow and Beyond. Susan Cooper wrote about the drawing app she uses called iDraw.

Social Media

Social media, if used properly (meaning, if you follow creative, intellectual people who will stimulate you brain), can be a wonderful tool to motivate. Why not try Atish’s post on How to Host a Google Hangout. Carolyn recently posted about Twitter Chats – in her comment to me, she suggested I start my own. Hmm … WordPress or Business Blogging chat, anyone? I’m looking around for new Twitter chats that might be useful, so if you find a good one, let me know.

Photography Memes and Photoshop Tutorials

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I learned a lot about photography by participating in photography memes. Some of the participants are more than willing to share photography tips. These memes, which involve posting a photo related to a theme, come and go, but Thursday Challenge on Spun with Tears has continued for many years now. You can also connect with fabulous photographers by typing #photo in Google+ and see what you find. Comment on the ones you like, and maybe the photographer will start a conversation with you. Regarding Photoshop tutorials, my favorite Photoshop presenters are those of the website Tip Squirrel – love those British accents (and the tutorial directions are clear and direct). For example, here’s a Tip Squirrel tutorial on Photoshop Clipping Masks. I’ve also done some great tutorials courtesy of psdtuts.

CSS – Cascading Style Sheets

Are you a blogger? Do you maintain your own website? Have you ever wanted to style a page a certain way, or color a box in a vibrant color, or use rounded boxes? It’s good to know the basics of CSS to take control over the look of your site, even if you get most of the coding from someone else. You could possibly read the W3 Consortium pages on style sheets. I’ve written a fair amount on CSS on this blog; if you want a useful tip, learn how to Float an Image. Ready for more advanced CSS? Check out An Advanced Guide to HTML and CSS.

Your Turn, Please

How do you get the creative juices flowing? Any blog or site suggestions? What is your favorite creative app, tutorial, writing exercise, marketing question, social media sharing site? Of course, if you have suggestions for boosting creativity offline, that would be helpful as well!

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43 thoughts on “6 Online Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

  1. Thank you for linking to my post “Are entrepreneurs artists?” Leora.

    Good suggestions for online ways of getting your creative juices flowing.

    Personally get a lot of creative ideas when I read or go for a walk. Suddenly I just know what I should do…

      1. Leora – Thanks once again for referring to Atish’s post on techivy. He has been a regular contributor for my website and I am honored to have him featured.

        I loved the twitter chat article by Carolyn as well, there are so many ways with which we can put right use of the social media and until we read one such article, we are always missing out on so many creative ways. Thanks for compiling all these wonderful articles.
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  2. I love when articles get me thinking! As soon as I read “if you know of prompts for business writing”, I thought of a recent post by Kristi Hines on FamousBloggers.net. It’s “5 Reasons You Should Write About Topics Covered Elsewhere”. It’s been syndicated. So, I’m sure anyone looking for it will find it. (I didn’t want to include a link in my comment.) Kristi has some great suggestions.

    Thanks for the resources you included too.
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    1. I like the title of the post itself! Everyone covers the same material differently – some are better teachers, and some people prefer a teacher while another person will prefer a different teacher.

      Thanks for the example. And I do like the idea of getting one thinking – there is more than one way to do many things.

  3. Thanks so much for including my article Leora. I find that reading blogs or videos that have nothing to do with marketing or business gets the creative juices flowing. Also walking along the beach usually gets me thinking differently.

    1. I like that idea – reading blogs or videos out of your area of expertise as a way to inspire. I was actually looking for something financial that might inspire creativity, but I didn’t come up with any that I wanted to highlight.

  4. Great resources. I love these types of posts that offer lots of creative suggestions. Great way to include other people into your posting. I’ll have to give some thought as to how I can incorporate a similar post into my blog.

    Thanks

    1. I think Jeri’s article inspired me – writing prompts! What a fun way to get the creative juices flowing. Then I thought of more … and I searched for more. Glad you like the idea.

  5. Great information! I get my creative juices flowing mostly by getting out into the real world. Although there are some great sites and different ways to be inspired through the internet (my favorite sites are Pinterest and Twitter) I like interacting with other people and the world to get different ideas and creativity.

  6. Hi Leora, what a wonderful post! Thank you for the shoutouts, Leora. I really appreciate my articles being included among these other interesting posts.

    Let me know if you do start a Twitter chat. I would be delighted to support you with getting a Twitter chat started. I vote for a WordPress chat, but I will help spread the word no matter what the topic!

    Have a super week, Leora.
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    1. Carolyn,

      Hm, let me think about the Twitter chat idea. Yes, WordPress chat would be marvelous! Part of the issue for me would be timing – I would prefer midweek, early afternoon (ET). So that would be morning for the west coast, evening for Europe. I’ll get back to you.

  7. Thanks for much for including the link to the Sentence Sounds exercise. I know at least one devoted an hour to it and managed to get 1/3 of the way through. It’s definitely a lengthy one. An idea from the world of business that I stole for the classroom. The Peca-kucha is a presentation style where the presenter must sync 20 PowerPoint slides to tell their story with only 20 seconds per slide. 6:40. That’s it. When the presenter is done, they have to sit down. It helps keeps things engaging and it also helps curtail people who tend to drone on and on.
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  8. I love how you did this article. it helps me identify some bloggers that would be a good source of info and who can offer some creative ideas as well. Some I already know… :-), some I don’t, so off I go to check them out.

    What do I do or use to get my creative juices going. I go for a walk with my camera. It’s amazing what you will find when you’r least expecting it. πŸ™‚
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    1. Oh, yes, love the walk with the camera! Ever since I’ve had a digital camera, I’ve been using the camera as a tool for capturing information, scenery, people, whatever. Of course, my kids see me with my camera and know I’m going to slow them down … My latest idea is to capture more patterns with my camera.

      Hope you do visit some of those you don’t yet know.

  9. This is a brilliant way of helping and promoting colleagues! Everyone has their tried and true methods for jump-starting the creative process, and it’s fascinating to read how other people get creative. In the old days, I used to be a rabid clipper, even carried a Swiss army knife with me with a pair of tiny scissors so I could always snip out an article. Now I have a virtual jacknife with my iphone – I input ideas wherever I happen to be. Also, Twitter has a wealth of information. I only wish I had the time to develop and sell all the ideas that come my way!

    1. I like the idea of how you use your iPhone for inputting ideas, although I find old-fashioned methods still work as well. I carry my camera with me, and I plan to capture more textures and fabrics … I find what is online rather limiting.

      It’s only partially about promoting colleagues – these truly are posts I enjoyed and found useful. They seem to come together under the “get creative” theme.

  10. I love this post Leora. Not only do you have some fantastic suggestions, but how both creative and generous of you to give so many link-backs. Now that’s the sign of a great blogger!
    I’ve discovered “Scrivener” recently which is a fantastic writing software , and very reasonably priced at $45- it’s great way to organize your work and projects, and is certainly not confined to fiction. I’ll be writing a blog about it soon, but meanwhile you could check out http://literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

    I’m also a big believer in ‘Freewriting’. Just start writing without thinking what you are doing & something will come. Keep going without stopping for 5-10 mins . I’ve used it to start a number of short stories, but it could work just as well for a blog, or another piece of copy. The subconscious is our most creative tool.
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    1. A.K., I will definitely have to try your freewriting idea. Good exercise!

      Of course, if you all like this post so much, then I feel that pressure to do it again … well, maybe not every post will have that sort of praise. I do like to do teaching website details posts as well, and those might have a more limited audience.

  11. As a writer, I love this post. Sometimes it’s hard to get started, and distractions are never lacking (of course). I really like the app ideas, and I love the social media idea. Blogging, reading other blogs, watching videos from other people all help me to get some great idea about how to move forward with a story.

    1. It’s interesting how you mention reading other blogs and watching videos – sometimes I’m afraid reading too much of others might induce me to do copying instead of something new. But everything has its place. Most well-known authors read many other books before writing their own.

  12. Great article. Thanks for sharing. I find YouTube gets me going. I write humor and just look up some humor videos. Well, hell writing humor, anything can be turned into comedy.

  13. Leora, how smart — and thoughtful of you — to include articles by other bloggers.I find that I get my creative juices flowing when I’m really passionate about a topic. When I write about something because I think I should write about it, then the words dry up. I try to put myself in my readers shoes. What would they like to read? How can I help them with their business? What do they need to know? I’ve found that some of my simplest blog posts rank high because they solved a particular problem and I enjoyed it.
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  14. I’m just discovering Twitter and ways to interact. I’ve been on it awhile but it flummoxed me for a while, but I’m slowly getting the hang of it and think trying a Twitter Chat could be fun!
    Thank you for such an informative post, still learning something new everyday πŸ˜‰

  15. Good list Leora.
    I would like to add that mind maps are also powerful tool to get yourself unstuck, focused and organized to do your best creative work.

    Mind maps are a form of visual mapping, where you use a combination of words, lines, symbols and images to describe something tangible (like a product, a location or something that you can see and experience) or intangible (services, concepts, ideas and plans).
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  16. Helpful post! I do a lot of these but I have to learn more about CSS so thank you for the info! Another thing I do to get my creative juices flowing is posting pictures and quotes I like on a board next to my desk. Anytime I come across something in a magazine that inspires me I put ot up there.
    ~Kelly

    1. Kelly, oh, it would be fun to look at your board. Maybe you can share some of those pics and quotes with us.

      Learning CSS isn’t so hard – one step at a time. It’s easier than learning Russian.

  17. Great post Leora with wonderful ideas! Thank you for all the links! Wow that makes my job a lot easier. As for a great creative space? I find my ideas flow like crazy when I’m in the shower πŸ™‚ Probably because I’m relaxed and ideas flow freely. Walks with my dog and just before bedtime are close seconds. I’m an avid reader and constantly learning from wonderful entrepreneurs like yourself! Looking forward to more of your tips!

      1. That’s the beauty of creativity! πŸ™‚ I believe we are all artists and your post will revitalize others to pursue their natural inclinations. Haiku is a good one to help people who want to be creative, but “don’t have the time.” For me, it helps me as a writer. Even if I’m writing nonfiction, haiku helps me stay creative with it. Another one is a six word story. Again, even a busy exec has the time for that!

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