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On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

6 Proven Ways to Fuel Your Creativity

From Jeff: Today’s guest post is from Dr. Jeremy Statton. Jeremy is married to Amanda with four children. For more about him, check out his blog Confessions of a Legalist or connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

There is something inside of you that needs to get out. A part of who you are that you want to share with the world. In our digital information age, this has never been easier.

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You set up an account with the blogging platform of your choice. You spend countless hours choosing and customizing a theme that fits your message. You write an informative and attractive “about” page.

You write three gut-wrenching posts in which you pour out your soul, and it all seems so easy. Then you sit down to write more and nothing happens.

Your mind is blank. Your fingers motionless. The words missing, and your creative energy gone. Now what?

One of the most challenging aspects to maintaining a blog (or any creative writing endeavor) is coming up with content on a regular basis.

Here are six ways you can keep your creative gas tank full and continually develop ideas.

1. Read

Nothing helps me write more than reading. The most consistent way my brain is stimulated for new ideas and content is by pouring over the pages of what others have penned.

If something you read motivates you, write about it. If you disagree with something someone else blogs about, explain your side of the story. Read, and then take the next step.

2. Observe

Life happens. Everyday. It seems obvious, but we walk around most days oblivious. Take a moment and just watch. I bet you see something that you could write about, that your audience would love to hear.

One of my most popular posts came from noticing a partially-eaten donut in the lounge at work. Somehow, I made a connection to it, and my readers loved it.

3. Listen

Share your ideas with those around you and then listen.

You can learn all sorts of new information from people you come across everyday. Just ask questions (maybe even dumb ones). Then be quiet and listen.

4. Write

Often, my published blog posts look nothing like the idea that I started with.

As I do the work, new ideas come into my head. After putting several of these new ideas together, my final blog post is born. Just like in Field of Dreams, write it and they (the ideas) will come.

5. Live

Participating in life can be an excellent fuel for creative thought. Do something that you have never done before.

Travel to a new place. Make new friends. Eat something disgusting.

Then write about it.

6. Expose

When you open up the inner most parts of you, ideas will grow. If you hide behind closed curtains, fearful of what others will think, then you might as well stop now.

The more you expose yourself, the more expressive and bolder you will become. If you share your heart, your audience will love you for it.

How do you get your creative energy flowing? Where do you find your topics?

About Jeff Goins

I am the best-selling author of five books, including the national bestsellers The Art of Work and Real Artists Don't Starve. Each week, I send out a free newsletter with my best tips on writing, publishing, and helping your creative work succeed.