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5 Activities to Boost Creativity for Bloggers

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Some bloggers are born with a knack for weaving words into a tapestry of ideas, images, imaginations while others struggle to write creatively including me.

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It doesn’t mean there is something wrong with some of us, it’s just that we have different ways to boost our creativity. In other words, we get inspired by different things. One thing could mean something else to another.

For instance, sitting inside a quiet room with a window overlooking a natural view can spark ideas for my brain, while for others it could be sitting by the beach, listening to the sounds of the crashing waves.

However, creativity is something that needs to challenged, trained, and constantly developed just like a muscle.

In this blog, I will share some activities that can boost creativity and get you ready for your next writing task.

Without further ado:

5 Activities to Boost Creativity

As I mentioned earlier, bloggers have different ways to boost their creativity in order to write effectively. Here, I will mention the most common activities that bloggers use to spark new ideas or inspiration. These activities have also help me deal with writer’s block so as to improve my writing. If you’re struggling with generating new ideas, you can try out these activities and see which one works for you.

1. Freewriting

There are times when you feel that you have nothing to write about or when you are not in the mood for writing. It can feel overwhelming when you have already set yourself up to write that day. Some resort to procrastinating until the last minute, in hopes that the fear of the deadline might motivate them to write. But then again writing at the last minute is not always productive. The work you produce can seem rushed and of poor quality.

If you’re facing this kind of dilemma, you could do freewriting instead of waiting for inspiration to come to you. Freewriting is defined as the practice of writing down all your thoughts without stopping. In freewriting, you have no regard for spelling or grammar. You jot down the first thing that comes into your mind. One thing I love about freewriting is that it helps you generate new ideas without distracting thoughts. You can start freewriting by setting a timer for yourself to write for 20 minutes. You’ll be surprised by how many ideas you’ve come up with through that exercise.

2. Journaling

Journaling is another way to boost your creativity as a blogger. Before I began blogging, I used to journal a lot. I wrote about how my day went, my feelings. Sometimes, I wrote about people and places I’ve been to. So whatever I wrote in my journal didn’t matter to me. However, it helped me sharpen my sense of observation.

If you’re struggling with creativity, try journaling. It doesn’t have to be something really serious like you do when you’re blogging.

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Journaling can help you generate new ideas

There are some free apps you could download and use to write down what’s on your mind. But if you like physical journaling, you can buy a journal from a bookstore and bring it with you anytime you feel like writing.

In journaling, you can simply write about anything that piques your interest and you never know, you could use this as inspiration for your next blog post.

3. Read widely

When you read widely, you start to learn about topics you’ve never heard about which helps you build new ideas. As your brain starts to open up to new ideas, you form unique connections between the various topics.

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Reading widely helps you share interesting perspectives with your audience

Bloggers that read widely have interesting perspectives to share with their audience which makes them come back for more. If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut with what to write, simply read something like a blog, a novel, or anything that will help you learn something new about the subject matter or discover new ideas.

4. Listening to music

According to a study, music helps us be more creative. For me, I like to listen to lo-fi hip hop music, classical music, and Jazz beats whenever I am writing because it helps me relax and allows my mind to wander freely.

If you have a favorite genre of music that can be a source of inspiration to you, listen to it whenever you blog.

5. Spend time with creative people

I can’t emphasize how important it is to spend time with creative people. When I first started blogging, I didn’t know what to do with my blog except that I wanted to share my work with an audience. However, joining a community of creatives such as the Afrobloggers has really helped me learn many things about my craft, and also I got the chance to connect with many talented bloggers. By reading some of their work, I was able to improve on my writing and discover new topic ideas that I never thought about.

Related: WinterABC2021: Starting Afrobloggers Challenge

Wrapping Up: Activities to Boost Creativity

There are many ways to boost creativity as a blogger. Some of these activities may work for you while some may not. Which activity has helped boost your creativity as a blogger? Leave a comment down below.

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I'm the blogger behind Frugal Self-Care. Here I share what I learn about self-care for the mind, body, and soul. Aside from self-care, I share some tips I learn about blogging.

24 Comments

  • Rachel Jesuseme
    June 3, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for always sharing very helpful tips here.

    Gospel music and messages help boost my creativity.
    Most times, I am not even listening, they are usually tapes I’ve heard countless times. I just let them play while I do my thing. It’s also a good booster for when I’m doing house chores too.

    But the kind of inspiration I get when I’m on the white bowl en, SMH for myself😂😂😂

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    • Yuri
      June 3, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      Haha the white bowl is indeed a perfect spot for inspiration. Mine is actually called the red bowl. I can sit there for a couple of minutes just thinking about silly stuff lol 😂

      Reply
  • Musanjufu Musanjufu Kavubu
    June 3, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    I would add podcasts too

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    • Yuri
      June 3, 2021 at 3:34 pm

      Yes, that’s a really good point. I listen to podcasts as well and find so much information from them. Thanks for sharing Musanjufu

      Reply
  • Wonani
    June 3, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    I can totally vouch for free writing and reading. Reading always takes my creativity up a notch.
    Free writing is fun too

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    • Yuri
      June 3, 2021 at 3:25 pm

      I love freewriting too. Although sometimes I worry if anything I write makes sense. But it’s really exciting 😅

      Reply
  • Olivia Byemera
    June 3, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Writing down ideas as they come…it was a nice read. Thank you

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    • Yuri
      June 3, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you Olivia for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed reading this.

      Reply
  • Sylvia Ideh
    June 3, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Journaling helps me a lot!
    I’ve tried listening to music too and it was nice just that it’s not something I do all the time.

    As for free writing, wow! I should try it. I’d time myself and just write.

    I am not a reader. Reading is not my thing but since there’s a lot hidden in books, I’m learning to read little by little.

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    • Yuri
      June 3, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      I remember when I tried freewriting for the first time. I was scared that my blog would not make any sense because as you know it freewriting is just about writing what comes to mind. At the end of the exercise, it wasn’t that bad. I turned some of my written thoughts into great ideas and omitted those that didn’t make sense. I quite enjoyed it.

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  • Sihlobo Bulala
    June 3, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Music, music, music……..that is most certainly what usually prompts me to write more….not to mention the ideas which emanate from some of the heated conversations normally packed in melody! Good read

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    • Yuri
      June 9, 2021 at 7:32 am

      I agree that music is prompts writing, Sihlobo

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  • The Afterthought
    June 3, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    And all along there was a study to back up how music aids writing😏 How am I just learning this now😂. I honestly can’t type or journal without music in the background if I can get away with it. Lovely post, Yuri.

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    • Yuri
      June 4, 2021 at 5:28 am

      Haha same. I also love writing while listening to music but I didn’t know why I felt way until I stumbled upon this research.

      Reply
  • Annie
    June 3, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    For me, journaling brings out many ideas and boosts my thinking.

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    • Yuri
      June 4, 2021 at 5:18 am

      That makes two of us. Thanks for sharing Annie

      Reply
  • Yvonne Feresu
    June 4, 2021 at 2:43 am

    I’ve never tried freewriting to be honest…but journaling is my first love. Before I began blogging it’s the thing that purged my mind and now I journal once a week. It’s pretty intense because I go on and on, covering multiple pages. But I definitely want to try freewriting for my fiction writing budding career. Thanks for the tips

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    • Yuri
      June 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

      You’re welcome Yvonne. Thanks for stopping by

      Reply
  • Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji
    June 4, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Journaling and reading are very important because you get to accumulate more ideas as you read and you are to journal them so that you do not forget them. This was an informative post indeed

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    • Yuri
      June 9, 2021 at 7:28 am

      I’m glad you found this post informative. Thanks for stopping by. Have an awesome day!

      Reply
  • Amanda
    June 8, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    This is a life saver, I should try the free writing tip. Is it bad that I always thought journaling and blogging are in in the same till today?🙈..

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    • Yuri
      June 9, 2021 at 7:25 am

      Yes, I really encourage you to try freewriting. It’s really beneficial. Journaling differs from blogging in many aspects. For one, I can say journaling is more personal than blogging.

      Reply
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