Like any sport or activity, practice makes perfect. In order to stay sharp, you have to keep your creative juices flowing. Whether you are trying to avoid a creative rut, trying to get out of a rut, or you’re just plain bored, try these three exercises to jog that creative mind.
1. Design a new letter of the alphabet
The task: Create a 27th letter of the alphabet. When you’ve been taught your whole life to think inside the box of a 26 letter alphabet, creating a new one is harder than it sounds. Maybe try creating a letter for “th” or “ion.” Maybe its a symbol? Maybe its a hybrid of letters?
2. Pick an object and list what you can do with it
The task: Start with a basic object, let’s say a brick, and write down as many possible things as you can think of that it can be used for. You’ll most likely start with basic ideas (like building a house) but you’ll find you can do some pretty creative things with that simple object!
3. Write continuously for 3 minutes
The task: Write for three minutes without stopping. Seriously, no breaks. Try starting with an already existing story and see where you can take it. Besides a few spelling errors, you’ll find you’re more of a story teller than you give yourself credit for.