Guest Post: Boost Your Creativity!

– By Maria Gatling of

For the past five years or so, my interest in the subject of creativity and how to nurture it has led me to speaking and writing on the subject. I have been reading about it, collecting tips, quotes and exercises to boost people’s creative process. The following quote conveys how I feel about this subject!

“You keep the creative power alive by using it. The more you use this creative power, the more you have! Art, music, literature is sharing a live, alternating current; passing swiftly between teller and listener. There is something necessary and life giving about creative work (a state of excitement). It is like a faucet – nothing comes unless you turn it on, and the more you turn it on, the more it comes.” – Brenda Ueland, author of “If You Want To Write”

I frequently get asked on some simple tips on how to boost creativity, so here’s a few:

  • Keep a small design notebook with you at all times. When you are struck by an idea or you see great design, write it down and do quick sketches.
  • Create a vision board (you can use a bulletin cork board). Fill it with compelling and inspiring images as well as words and quotes that may help you develop your sense of creativity.
  • Keep an idea binder where you collect images from magazines or from web sites. When you are looking for an idea, you can flip through it for quick inspiration.
  • Take a class: Continue to learn and have fun in the process.
  • Take your camera everywhere. Just take lots of photos throughout your day. Use your photos to make your own cards.
  • Make it a point to go on “artist dates” such as attending a concert, a play, a museum or art gallery. Try simply going to the bookstore to look through magazines for quick inspiration.

I conduct a workshop on nurturing your creative side. “Be Inspired…Create Something Everyday” notes, quotes, exercises and tips to help you “create something everyday” is the title of my notebook. It’s also the essence of my blog came and a big part of my life.
I hope these tips have helped you. Have a wonderful and creative week!

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The Austin Creative Alliance is a nonprofit performing arts service organization working to cultivate an environment where the performing arts can grow and flourish. We serve over 130 arts organizations with marketing, ticketing, audience development services; AEA paymaster, information & referral services — plus access to affordable health, liability, and event insurance. We also provide online professional development seminars, fiscal sponsorship services for emerging arts groups, host annual unified general auditions, annual theatre industry awards, and consistently advocate for the many benefits the arts bring to our quality of life.

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