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Spring is the perfect time to infuse your writing with a little extra creativity. Whether you write books, poetry, fiction, articles for magazines, marketing materials for commercial clients, or anything else, this is a great time to stretch your creative muscles and give your writing a little extra kick.
Try one of these seven ideas to capitalize on the springtime weather and give your creativity a boost.
Go For A Hike: In a study conducted on the link between spending time outside and being creative, researchers found that people who went on a four-day hiking trip scored 50% better on creativity tests. Leave the iPhone and the tablet behind. Just take a pen and paper, and let the ideas flow.
You may not be able to spend four days out in the wilderness, but even a walk in the park or time spent sitting under a tree can energize the creative centers in your brain. Give it a try!
Visit Someplace New: The roads are clear, the days are long, and it’s the perfect time to visit someplace you haven’t been before. Creative geniuses from Hemingway to Twain have done some of their best work while traveling. So pick a destination—a foreign place, a museum, a new walking tour, even somewhere close by—and spend some time exploring. Maybe the idea for your next great article or novel will strike.
Get Active: If you’ve been hibernating all winter and avoiding exercise because it’s too cold, too dark, or too snowy…those excuses have just come to an end. Research shows that creativity increases after a bout of moderate exercise. So go shoot some hoops with a friend or kick a soccer ball around with the kids. You’ll stir your creative juices!
Plant The Seeds Of Creativity: Stuck on the next section of a story…uncertain about a headline? Doing something you enjoy but that doesn’t require a lot of mental energy is the perfect way to let your creative ideas percolate. Go out and work in the garden—a great springtime activity—and chances are when you’re done, you’ll have a solution to your creative dilemma.
Start A New Writing Ritual: Spring is all about new beginnings. Trees are growing new leaves. Birds have started singing in the morning again. Why don’t you try working with a new writing ritual? Writing rituals help prime your brain for writing and being creative. If you have a ritual, but it’s feeling a bit ho-hum, now is the time to freshen it up! You could brew a new flavor of tea or listen to a new genre of music. Maybe you could find a new route through your neighborhood, or mix up your yoga postures by adding new poses.
Try A New Type Of Writing Prompt: With the nicer weather, it’s a great time to tap into your inner amateur photographer. Grab you camera (the one in your cell phone will work fine) and head downtown or out into nature. Look for interesting subjects or scenes to photograph. Spend an hour or two snapping pictures, and don’t overthink what photos you’re taking. When you get home, sift through the pictures and choose your five favorites. Use these photos as daily writing prompts for the next week.
Experiment With A Creativity Crossover: You can enhance your writing creativity by trying other forms of creative expression: Tai Chi in the park, modern dance, pottery, playing an instrument. You might even try writing poetry instead of prose or vice versa. Pick a new form of creative expression, and work at it for a month or so. Chances are, it will infuse your writing with more creativity too.
Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal. If your creative flow has felt a little sluggish, give one…or two…or all of these ideas a try! You’ll be sure to come away inspired and refreshed.
Heather Robson is the Managing Editor of Wealthy Web Writer, a resource site for copywriters and web writers working in the marketing industry. The site offers articles, how-to videos, training webinars, and more—all designed to help freelance web writers succeed.