How to Get in Touch with Your Creative Side

Maybe you’ve gone to a protest, or maybe you have written a letter to a senator. Possibly both. These are incredible and valuable contributions to society and to making a change. Another way to make a change and to make an opportunity for your voice to be heard is to get in touch with your creative side. Even if you do not consider yourself to be a creative person, you may surprise yourself if you try some of these suggestions.

1. Draw

Even if you’re not the best artist, a good first step towards creativity is drawing. An article in The Atlantic even states that casually drawing can help with thinking and forming ideas. You may discover a hidden talent, or you may simply discover that drawing helps you clear your mind.

2. Take a picture

Drawing isn’t your thing? OK, so grab your camera (or your phone!). There are so many ways to take a picture; you can try different angles, you can zoom in, you can take a picture from far away. When you’re done, you can edit your photos however you like. They may even turn out to look completely different.

3. Read a book

According to Literacy Works, reading improves a person’s imagination, and if your imagination is improving, then you are more likely to create. I have been an avid reader ever since I was little, and without my love of reading I may not have loved writing as much as I do now.

4. Listen to music

Perhaps one of your favorite songs brings a color scheme to mind, or perhaps a scene. Like reading, music is known to stimulate the brain, and you just might be able to turn a song into a drawing or a story.

5. Talk to friends and family

Talking to your friends and family members is always a good way to relieve stress and to generate ideas, which can help spark some creativity. And––you never know––maybe someone will inspire a character, or remind you of a childhood memory that would make a good story.

Now, I leave it up to you. Try one of these suggestions or all of them––creativity will definitely come your way, and you will definitely make your voice heard.