What to do when the creative spark fizzles out

Posted by on October 8, 2010
New Ideas

Creativing New Ideas

At one point or another, you may experience a writing or creativity block on an assignment. It happens to everyone. Even as I write this post, I feel a writer’s block creeping over my shoulder. But, good news, there’s something we can do about it. When you notice your creativity spark is fizzling out, try a few of these helpful tips to re-spark your thinking process.

 How to re-spark your creativity:

1.      Flip through a magazine. Read articles and headlines, and look at different pictures and graphics for inspiration. You’ll be surprised how just one image or letter can spark a thought that develops into a new idea or concept.

2.      Take a walk. Get out of the office and head outdoors to listen to natural noises and observe what’s happening around you. Sit in the grass or on a bench, take photos of billboards and signs and grab brochures from local stores. Scatter these materials on the floor in your office to help spark new ideas.

3.      Talk to a co-worker. Meet with one or more co-workers to brainstorm new ideas for your article or project. Discussing ideas with other individuals provides the opportunity to develop one idea into a bigger and better plan.

4.      Research similar projects. Read articles that cover the same topic or research projects that have the same focus. Observing previous work samples allows you to determine if you are on the right track and may trigger a new idea or concept that has not been thought of before.

5.      Stop thinking. That’s right, put down your pen and paper, and walk away. Don’t think about your topic until later in the evening. You’ll be surprised how fast ideas will start running through your head when you’re relaxed and about to lie down for the night. Just make sure you have a pen and note pad next to your bed so you can write those ideas down.

 So when your thoughts start to fizzle out, don’t stress about it, just think creatively about how to relight the spark.

 Share with us, how do you reignite your creativity?


  1. Well, I don’t write professionally, I just blog for my own personal good but I get writer’s block far too often so thanks, Mere, for this post! 🙂 I’ll have to try some of your techniques!

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