Feeding Your Creativity

May 22, 2014 by

Feeding Your Creativity

I blogged earlier this month on my author site about declaring 2014 the Year of the Girlfriend – making a serious effort to spend time with my friends even though most of them live far away from me.  Not only am I making it a goal to interact with my friends in person but to make sure I spend time each day filling up the “social void” that consumes extroverts like myself.


Carving out time to spend with my friends is about more than just having fun, it’s about helping to replenish my well of creativity…I am a very social person and a social writer.  I love talking through ideas and plots with other people.  I love hearing other people’s creative ideas and what they’re working on – even if it has nothing to do with writing.  These are the kinds of things that inspire me to be a better writer.


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This is how I feel after I spend time recharging with friends. Also, I wish I looked this cute in short overalls. But really, nobody looks this cute in short overalls.



Spending time with friends will affect my writing for much longer (and much more reliably and healthily) than holing up by myself with my laptop and gallons of coffee and trying to pound out the words.  I’ve known this about myself for a long time but I haven’t yet made it a priority – to nourish and feed the source of creativity instead of just demanding production from myself.


Everyone’s creativity gets fed in different ways.  For some the thought of of big social type events is more scary than relaxing…I’m an extrovert who was raised by introverts, so I understand differing levels of social needs!  The important thing is to discover what replenishes you creatively and then make it a priority.   I encourage you to do that this year.


What helps feed your creativity? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Good post! As an introvert, I seek to keep balance with my social time as well. It’s not good for any of us to spend too much time alone.

    What feeds my creativity is listening to other people’s stories and reading non-fiction. I love to read books on personality types, theology, social problems, and biographies. That fuels concepts to either incorporate or begin a fictional story.

    And you’re right, no one looks good in short overalls!

  2. PattyMarq

    I think painting really helps replenish my creativity. I’m an introvert and in certain situations I can use up my social points really quickly so I need to do creative activities by myself to recharge.

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