If you are one of the many who think they don’t have a creative bone in their bodies, try thinking like a child – better yet, “play” with an imaginative six-year-old and really get into the scenarios the child makes-up. It is great fun, it will spark your imagination, and release your creative spirit.
The fact is… imagination weakens from lack of use. Imaginative play will take you back to your own childhood when you could creatively make up games, tell grand stories, build secret forts, be the princess in the castle, and more. You were definitely creative and can be again. Re-igniting your imagination is a wonderfully fun way to work on developing your creativity.
If you don’t have a child to “imagine” with, try gathering a group of friends and experiment with storytelling games. There are some creative game ideas for children that can be fun mind games for a group of adults – or even for you to stretch your imagination alone. Check out this Story Arts Website. I love the “1001 Nights Festival.”
Games are a fun way to stretch your imagination. Play them often and soon it will be strong enough to bring out your inner creative self.
More Ideas . . .
Grab the nearest book or magazine available – Open to a random page and choose the first sentence or phrase that grabs your attention. Let your imagination run wild and create a story based around those words. This activity not only sparks your imagination, it is also a quick way to get your creative juices flowing. This is an excellent way to break the dreaded writer’s block.
Pick a superpower – Yes, you read that correctly. It may sound a bit silly, but don’t discount it without giving it a try. After you choose your superpower, it is time to trigger your imagination. Grab a pen and paper (or your computer) to do this exercise.
Ask yourself these questions:
• How would I use this power?
• When would I use this power?
• How would my life change with this power?
• What trouble would I get into?
• What problems could I solve?
Let your inner child run free. I think you will be surprised at where your imagination takes you. Who knows what it could turn into – a blog post, a children’s eBook, a YouTube video…the possibilities are endless.
Go outside and take a walk – This is simple and easy, but incredibly powerful. As you walk, not only are you getting some fresh air and exercise, it is a chance to let your mind to run free. Use your senses to get your imagination going.
Example: Use your sense of smell – are you near pine trees? Breathe deeply and smell the pine, then start imagining being in an enchanted forest or medieval kingdom. Use as many of your five senses as you can and let your imagination go from there.
We have briefly discussed five ways you can tap into your imagination and develop your creativity. This is certainly not an exhaustive list of ideas; use it as a starting point. Once you have worked with these ideas for a while, more will come to you, I promise. The key is: do not censor your thoughts. Allow your imagination to run wild, just like when you were young.