Ten options for when the creative juices have congealed

It happens. The creative juices are flowing, only to stop midstream, sputter, and evaporate. What we’re left with is something too horrifying to contemplate: no idea what to do. Fear not, creators, thinkers, dreamers, and planners, here are some ways to rejuvenate your creativity mojo:

  1. Make a list of all the people, living or dead, you would love to meet. Plan a dinner party for them, complete with confetti and streamers. It’s your daydream so live it up you-style.
  2. Make a list of all the places you would like to visit. Call a travel agent or go online and price at least one of them.
  3. Write your speech for the Ted Talk you’re going to give. Maybe you would like to share the secret to darning socks, comment on how all your best ideas happen when you’re startled awake at 3:00 am, ponder how to channel the energy of toddlers into an alternative fuel source.
  4. Decide who is going to play you in the movie of your life. You’ve had wonderful adventures, so you need to start casting your movie now, before you’re too famous.
  5. Rearrange your silverware drawers. Maybe the forks, spoons, and knives don’t want to live all separated like that and you’re just being mean. Scramble those utensils together and see what masterpiece you create.
  6. Decide to exercise. Get your gear on, then decide not to go after all.
  7. Plan a seven-course meal. Feel smug at how you’re saving all kinds of calories by not actually eating this seven-course meal.
  8. Write a haiku about your favorite teacher.
  9. Rearrange your pantry by colors of the rainbow. Or your books. Or your rainbow collection.
  10. Stand on your head. If you can do it, feel my jealousy across the internet.

Notice I did not type one single thing about doing housework. You are suffering from a creativity stall, not a life-altering catastrophe. Unless you have a great, creative idea about how to use the dust bunnies to make a blanket …


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