10 Fun Ways to Nurture Your Imagination

Let’s face it, as writers we depend on our imagination to pull us through some of the wildest situations, epic romances, and fun-filled adventures. As we spin our stories, we dig deep into our minds to pull out the imagery-rich ideas we’ve stuffed away so we can turn them into words other people will enjoy reading. And like anything in life, your imagination requires some care and attention.

Here are ten fun ways you can nurture your imagination…

wallpaper-1541821_960_7201. Expand Your Interests – Try something you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t done yet. Love pottery? Take a class! Interested in canoeing? Head to the lake and rent one for the day. Find yourself wishing you could rock climb? Go ahead and try it. Expanding your interests is a fun way to nurture your imagination.

2. Explore Your Curiosity – We’re all curious by nature; it’s how we learn. Next time you pass a road trailing off into the woods and find yourself wondering what’s down there, go take a look. Curious about how dinosaurs managed to function with such short arms? Look it up! Want to know what it’s like inside a fancy restaurant? Get dressed up and go check it out. Curiosity is key to a healthy imagination.

3. Seek Out Other Creative People – How better to grow your imagination than by surrounding yourself with other people who are also creative? Visit your local art museum. Head to a book sale or writing fair. Check out your local library to see what events they have going on. Take some time to find people who will inspire you to explore your imagination.

4. Do Something Artistic – Writing is an art in its own, of course, but also take some time to grab those brushes, crayons, markers or pencils. Take a second to doodle down a little stickman figure, if that’s all you want to do. Pick up a coloring book and colour a few pages in it. Heck, dip your fingers in paint and smear them across the page like you used to when you were five. All of that helps open your mind. You never know what kind of crazy things you’ll think up while you’re enjoying your new creative outlet.

5. Relax – Yes, you read that right. Take a few moments to just sit back and relax. Don’t think about anything in particular. Let your mind drift away from your daily stresses, hectic day and dinner that’s waiting to be made. Take a second to simply enjoy the moment for what it is. You’d be surprised where your mind will take you if you give it a little time to drift.

6. Be Passionate – Be passionate about what you’re doing. Whether you’re watering the flowers, writing a story, out walking your dog or simply enjoying dinner with your children. Allow yourself to feel the passion behind even those most basic things in life. Because, as cliché as it is, life is pretty darn amazing, isn’t it?

7. Don’t Accept Answers as Stated – Ask why! If something doesn’t make sense to you, or you want to explore the subject a little more, don’t be afraid to ask why. This is a great way to get yourself always thinking about things and why they are what they are. It’s a great exercise to nurture your imagination.

teddy-1338895_960_7208. Don’t Be Afraid of Making Mistakes – Who cares? We’re all human and we ALL make mistakes at one point or another. All that means is that you’re trying and that’s a good thing! Push your boundaries, try new things, and don’t be afraid to ‘mess up’. Trust me, your imagination will thank you after your ego takes a backseat.

9. Visit the Toy Section – Take a wander down the toy aisle. Why not, right? Kids’ toys are nothing but creative because they’re meant to keep kids interested and learning. Let yourself take a few moments to play around with some of those new toys they have out. Push the buttons, watch the lights flash, let yourself chuckle at how ridiculous you feel. At the end of it, chances are you’ll be feeling light and fun.

10. Last But Not Least… Be Yourself! Don’t ever hide who you are from anyone, especially not yourself. Don’t be shy. Don’t be apologetic. Be yourself. This is one of the biggest steps to nurturing YOUR imagination and letting it grow with you.

Hope you enjoyed this list of creative ways to nurture your imagination. We’ll be back again soon with another writing article for you all. If you’re looking for more ways to get moving on your writing, check out the Writing Prompts section of the site!

Also, we want to hear how you nurture your imagination. Have other fun ideas for the rest of us? Chime in by using the comments below! Looking forward to seeing what else you all come up with.

Anisa A. Claire
www.writerscarnival.ca


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7 Comments for “10 Fun Ways to Nurture Your Imagination”

RissRyker518

says:

Great article, Anisa! I agree with all you wrote. It also helps if you’re a little daring and are not afraid to take risks. One of my favorite things to do is go urban exploring. Finding an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere, or, finding a way in to an abandoned property when you know you’re not supposed to, well, yes, it’s a risk, but one that can be extremely satisfying. You go in and can imagine how the previous owners lived, or why they left to begin with. Makes for some great writing!

Mary Cooney-Glazer

says:

Enjoyed this. Favorite is #2, ‘Explore Your Curiosity.’ It justifies what an unkind person might describe as my innate nosiness! There is just so much out there to investigate. Thanks for the suggestions. Mary

Tim Hillebrant

says:

Hi Anisa!

I really loved this article. You hit the nails squarely on the head- it’s like you’re an experienced contractor instead of a damn good writer.
The points all speak to me, and loudly.
1) Expand your interests- I’m working on this. I started birding this year as something to do while out walking and hiking. I’m beginning to develop more of an interest in plants, weather patterns, and astronomy as I go. My writing has helped expand my interests. My photography my attention to detail. Good stuff here.

2) Always curious by nature, I love the opportunity to learn. About stuff I know, and about stuff I didn’t know. Knowledge is good. This is also how we ended up exploring Oregon more this last year. Idaho we’ve been through, Oregon we haven’t. It’s a nice place to see.

3) Seek out other creative people? This is how I found Writer’s Carnival. 😉

4) Do Something Artistic- This is my photography. Coloring too. And we all know I write. I sometimes draw too. Maybe I should try painting next.

5) Relax? I’m the king at this. LOL

6) Be Passionate- There’s a lot of truth in this. If you’re going to have a garden, be passionate about it. This is true no matter what you’re doing. Goes with something my mom once said- if a job is worth doing, do it well, or not at all.

7) Don’t Accept Things As Stated- This is essentially Gibbs’ rule #3- Don’t Believe What You’re Told, Double Check. This is a good rule to live by. It’s amazing how much one can learn by this.

8) Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes- book learning can help only so much. We learn best (usually) by doing. WC is a great example of a place to go where mistakes are welcome, even expected, because in learning about those mistakes, we learn how to correct them, and thus become better.

9) Visit the Toy Section- This is good stuff. There’s a lot of great imagination that goes into making those toys- which makes them all the better for playing with. I would add take a moment to visit the kids’ section of the library. The books are on a basic level, but it’s once the basics are understood that we can move on to more advanced things. A toddler knows where their head is, a first grader their skull and brain. A young adult the cerebral cortex and the cerebellum. Each more advanced bit of knowledge expands upon what is already known.

10) Be Yourself. Aaaand now you know why I’ve left a long detailed review. Because that’s who I am. Doing my own thing. People can like it or lump it.

Rock Awesome Article!!

Tim

says:

What an inspiring article! I especially enjoy step #5, I could definitely use some relaxation. This piece here is actually pretty important, considering we all become afflicted with the terrible disease that is writer’s block. Expanding one’s mind is essential to creativity, and a little more inspirational prompting wouldn’t hurt any of us! Great piece, Anisa, everybody should pay attention to this.

Marcia Yearwood

says:

Some great ideas to pursue! Some folks might even include working out; not me, mind you, but some folks. LOL I prefer a good walk myself, especially if it is near a river, lake or ocean, and next best place to walk is in a rural setting. Thanks for the reminder to let our imaginations soar.

Raymond Tobaygo

says:

Good morning, Anisa

Great list. When my grandchildren were young Toys ‘R’ Us was one of my favorite places to shop. A possible 11th step could be reviewing posts. I enjoyed reading the various ideas, styles and genres.

Take care and stay safe,

Ray

says:

Love these ideas, especially visiting the toy section in the store! I have many memories of playing in the toy aisle as a kid; I should really try that again. It’s good for a writer to keep in touch with their inner child! I like to nurture my imagination by looking out my window toward the ocean… or taking pictures of my cat!

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