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  • Dale Peters

    A comfortable chair, fresh air, a large piece of paper, a nice pen and time.

  • Hannah Wasserman

    I get a lot of great ideas right before I go to sleep. I always need a pen and paper by my bed.

  • Ruben Alexander

    A lot of times it's creating space from times of busy hours or late nights. Just walking through the woods several days in a row makes me a bit more sensitive to the voice of the muse.

  • Courtney McCann

    When I'm feeling uninspired I'll mentally jump tracks as well, but I like to organize my things. Hmmm, perhaps there's a subconscious element to that?

    • Yasha Wallin

      Yeah, maybe by organizing the outside clutter, it helps clear the clutter inside. For me, if my workspace isn't clean I have a really hard time focusing.

  • Megan Wood

    After reading the Inspiration issue last week I've been thinking a lot about creativity and where inspiration comes from. I used to think good ideas would randomly strike my brain, like lightning. In reality, the more often I practice creativity: writing, brain storming, approaching ideas from different angles, the easier it is to tap into creativity. On days when I'm really stuck, I make lists—groceries, travel destinations, dog names, until I'm ready to get back to creative work. I'd love to read more about where others find their creative inspiration.

    • Anna Silverman

      I love the idea of making lists - I'm definitely going to try this.

    • dwight

      I couldn't agree more on the practice of creativity. I may not always come up with (what I think) are great ideas, but regularly flexing my brain creatively sure seems to help get into 'flow' more quickly.

    • Yasha Wallin

      I love the idea of making lists Megan. I'm going to try that when I'm feeling stuck. In general, taking myself out of my normal surroundings always helps - walking down a street I've never been on before, talking to strangers, changing my daily routine in some way.

      • Megan Wood

        Cool ideas, Yasha—especially walking down a new street. A quick yoga pose or making something tangible, ie risotto, can give me a boost too. Maybe I'll make a list of all the ways I can look for creativity inspiration...