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Learn How To Feel More Creative And Unleash Your Hidden Talent!

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

Sometimes it’s easy to get into a slump. You’re going through the motions of your day, but you feel like you’re not really accomplishing anything.

Maybe you have some ideas for a painting, or a story, or a craft you’ve been wanting to try but you never seem to get around to it. Maybe you’d like to come up with an idea for something.

Or maybe you have everything planned out, but you can never seem to get organized enough to sit down and get it done.

So what can you do? Are you doomed to just plod along?

No! You don’t need to be struck with a bolt of inspiration, nor do you need to have been born with some innate talent to be a creative, productive person.

And you certainly don’t need to crank out masterpieces, either. If an a woman can simply trace her hand every day and create something awesome, you can get creative, too!

You just need to adjust your thinking a little bit. Read on to discover how you can awaken your sleeping creative side, get more productive, and show the world what you can create!

1. Make A List

1. Make A List
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Making a list of the things you’d like to do will help you organize your thoughts and put them into a realistic perspective.

It will also help you see which goals you can tackle today, and which might take a bit more planning.

2. Do Something Every Day

2. Do Something Every Day
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Making a schedule and setting a specific time will help you get in the habit of being creative every day. It can be a specific time, like “5 p.m.” or a more general time like “after dinner.”

Either way, making yourself sit down and write up a blog post or a poem at the same time every day will make it simply become part of your day.

3. It's Okay If It's Small

3. It's Okay If It's Small
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A lot of people get bogged down with the thought that they’re not doing enough. But every tiny thing counts. Really!

Even if you just get your dream dress pinned, or sew up a quick throw pillow, you’re still doing something, and it counts!

4. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

4. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
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Looking at other peoples’ work, especially professionals, for inspiration is a great idea!

But comparing yourself to them and thinking I’ll never be able to do that is only going to trip you up.

It’s true you’ll never make work like anyone else. Because everyone else is a different person and you’re you. You’re not like anyone else, so of course your creative output is going to be different! Don’t try to be like anyone else. Just work on you.

5. Do It With Friends

5. Do It With Friends
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Just like working out, everything’s easier if you have someone with you. Find some friends who are also looking to get creative and schedule a time to work on your projects together.

You don’t have to be doing the same thing; maybe one person can write some poems while another sketches. But just being together will help everyone get inspired.

If you don’t know what to do, signing up for a class with a friend is a great way to get into something new, too.

6. Don't Worry About The Goal

6. Don't Worry About The Goal
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Realistically, you might never get recognition for your work. You might never get a sold-out show or a piece in a museum. You might never get thousands of followers on your blog.

But that’s not the point. Create for yourself and because you want to and it makes you happy. That’s more important than any fame or fortune.

7. Ignore The Haters

7. Ignore The Haters
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There’s always going to be that person who tells you that you aren’t any good, that you’re wasting your time, and that you shouldn’t even try.

Um, why are you friends with that person?

Seriously, though, don’t listen to them. Expressing yourself in any way is a bold, and sometimes scary, move that leaves you vulnerable, and some people are going to try and get you down.

Learn to brush them off. If learning to play the spoons makes you happy, do it no matter what anyone says.

8. It's Okay To Mess Up

8. It's Okay To Mess Up
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Okay, so you were trying your hand at being an interior designer and somehow everything ended up on the floor.

That’s okay! Everyone makes mistakes, especially if they’re learning something new. Messing up is how you learn!

If you know something isn’t working, don’t think of it as a failure. Remind yourself that even knowing something is going wrong means you have a bit more knowledge. Remember the mistake and move on.

Getting into the creative swing can be hard, especially with all the other things going on in your life.

But if you have the need to create and express yourself, pay attention to it! Denying yourself expression is unhealthy.

So get out there and get creating! Pick up those watercolors you haven’t touched in years, or take another look at that story you never finished and see what you can do! You’ll probably pleasantly surprise yourself.

And remember not to be to hard on yourself. It’s okay to mess up. You’re always learning.

Let us know in the comments what creative projects you’re working on, and remember to SHARE these tips with a friend to get the creativity rolling!