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Fire up your creativity

If you struggle to get going when you sit down to write, you’re not alone. Turning to distractions like social media, news and online games are signs that your brain perceives the creative task ahead as being so hard that it’s best avoided. 

A fire cannot be created without fuel yet, so often, we think creativity can burn from nothing. No wonder our minds protest.

Fuel your creativity with a fun warm up. It can give your mind the instant reward it craves while stoking your creative fire. By the time you’re finished, ideas should be roaring away.

Before you start, get rid of any digital distractions. Turn off the TV, put phones in another room, silence notifications. Music is fine, though, and may even help you get in the mood to be creative.

When you’re ready, open your notebook and try one of these quick activities:

These simple warm ups don’t have to take long. Set a timer for five to fifteen minutes so you’ll be focused. Remember, the idea is to stimulate your creativity and fire up your writing not take it over. Although, if you stumble upon a brilliant idea and it’s worth pursuing, go for it!

About Loretta Milan

Founder and Commissioning Editor of Lightbox Originals. On a mission to get the world writing and finding wellbeing through words. Loves books, tea, travel and art.

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