20 Ways to Spark Creativity When You’re Going Through a Dry Spell

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Just add colour.

WAKE EARLY. Set your alarm to watch the sunrise. As the black curtain of night rises watch the pink submerge into the red, then the orange and then finally into a glorious, sunny yellow morning.

GIVE SOMEONE A SMILE. Be the sunshine that everyone needs today, with a smile, a compliment, or high-five over the airwaves. It might even give you a little kick too… karma may look on you kindly.

COOK SOMETHING WHOLESOME. Always saying you’ll cook your own relish one day? There’s something wholesome about creating the foods our grandparents loved. Trip it to the farmers’ market for gorgeous, colourful, soul-inspiring produce to make your belly smile.

SET SOMETHING FREE. “Buy a bag of balloons with the money we’ve got. Set them free at the break of dawn. Til one by one, they were gone… 99 red balloons go by” – Nena, 99 Luftballoons (Thanks, Nena, we’ll take something from that.)

PLANT A TREE Or plant a few and add some green back into our progressively urban lives. It’s amazing how much joy and satisfaction a budding fruit tree or blossoming plant can bring.

START A NEW PROJECT Everyone is an artist, so, what are you waiting for? Take up a musical instrument, paint, draw, write, design, create.

PLAN A TRIP Take a road trip and watch the colour, beauty and diversity of the world whizz by.

SEEK PLACES OF INSPIRATION. Put inspiration dates in your diary to refuel on energy and colour – the vibrancy of the market, the solace of the beach, the regeneration of the park, the groove of a club or bar, the thought-provocation of a gallery.

CREATE A SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE. Blast the music till it’s pumping and the neighbours are yelling. Our song of choice: Tomorrow Never Knows by The Beatles.

ALLOW A LITTLE INDULGENCE. When it all starts to feel a little grey, buy a bag of Skittles or Smarties and feel like a kid again.

DO SOMETHING NEW. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing,” says Helen Keller, so today’s the day to do something you’ve never done before. You never know what you can do until you try. Sounds like something your mum would say, but they do always know best.

MAKE A BRAVE CHOICE. While black may be everyone’s go-to hue, add a little colour to your wardrobe. As Coco Chanel said, “The best colour in the whole world, is the one that looks good on you!”

SAY YES. It’s true: yes is more, so let go and be open to more things (providing they are within guidelines!). Oh, the colour it will bring. Whether you run with everything or not doesn’t matter take life by the handlebars and crash face first if need be.

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN. “Attitude is the mind’s paintbrush. It can colour any situation – (Anon). Wise words. Proactively train your brain to see the positives in everything. It will uplift you into next week and beyond.

MAKE USE OF TODAY. Stop waiting for things to come to you – go out and find the opportunities yourself. Make use of the day! Jeff Mangum got it right when he said: “Let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see.” If you stop to take the time to look you really do see more. There is beauty – and colour – all around us, always.

GET A NEW CREW. Hang with the oldies, the youngins, with new cultures and new industries. They’ll have different ideas, interests, passions and life circumstances to inspire and challenge you.

EMBRACE WHATEVER COMES YOUR WAY. When the weather greys and the rains pours down, find the most colourful umbrella available and never be afraid to pretend you’re in the Singin’ in the Rain music clip.Put the laptop and phone aside for an hour to think, dream and ponder. Oscar Wilde says: “Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”

USE WISDOM. This quote rings true: “Never invest in any idea you can’t illustrate with a crayon.” –Peter Lynch.

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