Feed Your Creativity

Nanowrimo is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month. Held every November, it’s a month of relentless creativity. The goal is to write 50,000 words in thirty days. Many writers embrace this group event. But it leaves out many other creatives. There needs to be a National Feed Your Creativity Month open for creatives of all types. Regardless of whether you’re involved in a month long endeavor or a catch-as-catch-can project, you need to feed your creativity to keep the ideas flowing.

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How Can You Feed Creativity

Unexpressed creativity isn’t fun. Sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it’s a sense that something is wrong, that you, the creator, aren’t right. Simply expressing your creativity can be one way to feed your creativity. But you can feed creativity in other ways too.

Foods to Boost Creativity

When your brain works better, so does your creativity. Follow a healthy diet. Boost your brain function with specific foods.

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Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t just good for your heart. Add brain power with fish such as tuna or salmon in your diet twice a week. Soybeans, nuts, flaxseed, and other seeds also are high in omega-3.

Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao may support better learning.

Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, and mulberries are antioxidant-rich foods that also boost brain health.

Want more processing power? Eat nuts and seeds rich in vitamin E, such as sunflower seeds, almonds, and hazelnuts.

According to medicalnewstoday.com, a study in 2018 suggested that caffeine (coffee, my drink of choice!) may boost your brain’s processing capacity.

Peanuts provide vitamins and minerals that not only keep the brain healthy, but they also provide enough unsaturated fats and proteins to keep your energy level up.

Other Ways to Feed Your Creativity

A healthy lifestyle will optimize your creativity. Get enough sleep. Stay hydrated. Reduce your alcohol intake. Exercise regularly. Add a few extras and you’ll give your brain cells super powers.

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Take your camera with you on your walk. Take pictures like a photographer. Play a musical instrument. Draw. Color in a coloring book. Paint-by-numbers or doodle. You don’t have to be good at any of these. Using another creative muscle will get those ideas flowing.

Take five. If you’re struggling, take a break. Let go of the project for a short time. Rest or meditate.

Still uninspired? Try one of these 13 Ways to Be Creative When You Feel Unimaginative.

Now You Know

Feed your creativity and keep those ideas flowing. Good luck to all those taking part in nanowrimo and much success to all the other creatives out there. Now you know—go create.

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