Hi everyone! Happy to welcome author Chrys Fey to the blog who has brought a few ideas along with her on how to do small things to help with your creative mindset. Please read on, and enjoy!
Writers live in the world of creativity. We thrive off it, seek it, and use it. But sometimes, creativity can be hard to come by. Our imagination can diminish, our ideas can disappear, our productivity can plummet, and we can suffer from writer’s block, the inability to produce new work. Wikipedia even defines it as a writer who “experiences a creative slow down.”
Let’s do all we can to prevent those slowdowns!
Here are 3 ways to boost your creativity naturally:
Colors have been associated with emotions for ages; pink with love and friendship, red with anger and passion, green with wealth and health, white with purity and protection.
You can use color to heighten any aspect you want, especially when it comes to your career. Think about your office and desk for a moment. Better yet, if you are there, take a look around. What colors do you see in the artwork and décor? What color is painted on the walls? Those colors could be influencing you while you work, either positively or negatively. And what colors you should have around you depends on your goal.
Take a look at the colors below and some of the things they can increase.
Pay special attention to the ones with asterisks (*) in front of them.
*Yellow – creativity, ideas, happiness
*Royal Blue – imagination, insight
*Indigo – mental power, serenity
Purple – ambition, wisdom
Red – courage, passion, energy
*Gold – business endeavors, financial gain
Orange – confidence, attraction
Green – growth, wealth
Pink – friendship, love, sociability
Black – power, wisdom
Brown – grounding in the physical world
Add art and décor to your office or to your desk in a color that symbolizes what you seek. For example: pale yellow walls for creativity, a royal blue candle for imagination, a gold vase (business endeavors) with indigo flowers (mental power).
Experiment even with wearing a color you want to associate with. If you want to attract new ideas, wear yellow. I even painted my nails yellow once and asked for ideas to help me with my current work-in-progress with each brush stroke. And it worked for me! Whatever you need, turn to the color chart for help.
For a deeper look into colors and their meanings check out:
Color Psychology and Art Therapy
Aromatherapy is a real thing. The smell of lavender can calm a stressed mind. The smell of rosemary has been said to alleviate headaches, and eucalyptus is known for its healing properties in sick rooms.
I use aromas all the time to invigorate my brain and writing power. One of my favorites is cinnamon. This smell (as well as the spice) has been researched extensively and has been found to aid with memory and learning. My favorite method is to pour a few drops of cinnamon oil into an oil burner. This is the best way to get that mind-awakening scent in your office or throughout your house. But you can use candles, wax melts, or room spray.
TIP: Add a dash of cinnamon to your coffee grounds for a boost of mental power with your morning or afternoon cup of coffee.
Here are some aromas and what they can attract/stimulate:
Apple – happiness
Cedar – courage, protection
*Cinnamon – career success, wealth
Clove – prosperity, sexual desire, aids memory
Frankincense – psychic awareness
Gardenia – harmony, love
Ginger – balance, awareness
*Honeysuckle – mental clarity, communication
Lavender – relaxation, peace of mind
Pine – strength
Rose – love, lifts your spirits
*Rosemary – memory retention, mental sharpness
*Sandalwood – knowledge
For Example: if you need to remember answers to a test or words to a speech, burn rosemary oil or simply sniff a rosemary sprig every few minutes while you study.
Use aromas to get you into the state of mind you need.
TIP: You can even add a few drops of essential oils to your bath!
For more about aromas and their benefits check out:
Aromatherapy.com and Aromaweb.com
Stones harbor magical properties. Ancient civilizations used the power of crystals to release mental, physical, and spiritual blocks. And you can use crystals and gemstones for their energies, too. I have an amethyst on my desk that I like to hold whenever I sit down to write to clear my mind and prepare me for my task ahead. I even ask it to help my words flow. I also have a tiny clear quartz that I carry in my purse. I put this quartz in my pocket before I had to give my first speech as a writer, because clear quartz can help you to transmit ideas.
Below are some gemstones and a few of their associations:
Amber – protection, self-confidence
Amethyst – for meditation, calming emotions
*Aquamarine – stimulating creativity, for clarity and mental awareness
*Coral – enhance intuition and creativity
*Quartz (clear) – retain information, to transmit ideas and energy
*Amazonite – concentration, creativity, attract success
*Aventurine – creativity, motivation, imagination, business success
Bloodstone – organization, courage
*Calcite – creativity, luck, problem resolution
*Carnelian – concentration, focus, action
*Citrine – creativity, clarity of thought
*Emerald – memory, business success, insight
*Garnet – inspiration, business success
Jade – concentration, wisdom
*Malachite – inspiration, money, success
Moonstone – hope, good fortune, new beginnings
Tiger Eye – communication, luck
Topaz – focus, power, clarity
Turquoise – courage, romantic love, healing
Put a crystal or two in your office near natural light so it can release its vibrations into the space. Or put some on your desk that you can touch or look at. While you hold them, think about which of its powers you need to call upon. For Example: hold garnet for inspiration or citrine for creativity. You can even wear one of these gemstones as a piece of jewelry.
TIP: If you buy a crystal or piece of jewelry, cleanse it with water and mild soap to wash away any negativity someone could’ve placed there by touching it before you.
For more about gemstones and their properties check out:
Energy Muse and Fire Mountain Gems
Incorporate one or all of these techniques into your space or writing ritual to boost your creativity naturally. Maybe it’s the law of attraction and positive thinking, or maybe it’s nature and spirit. Either way, if it works, that’s all the matters.
As writers, we can use all the help we can get!
Have you ever used color, aroma, or gemstones? Let us know in the comments!
Chrys Fey is the author of Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication. Catch the sparks you need to write, edit, publish, and market your book! From writing your novel to prepping for publication and beyond, you’ll find sparks on every page, including 100 bonus marketing tips.
Fey is an editor for Dancing Lemur Press and runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group’s Goodreads book club. She is also the author of the Disaster Crimes series.
Visit her blog Write with Fey for more tips. @ChrysFey
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Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine says
Maybe if I surround myself with red I won’t feel tired all the time.
Chrys Fey says
I’m not sure if colors will help with that. Being tired can be physical and mental, but you can certainly try colors and scents to wake yourself up. 🙂
Love this inspiring list, Chrys! Thanks so much. Never thought these would inspire creativity . . .
Chrys Fey says
You’re welcome, Jarm! Just about anything can spark our creativity…scenery, music, meditation, movement…the fun part if exploring an discovering what can inspire us and give us a boost.
Jack "Blimprider" Tyler says
Welcome to the blog, Chrys. You have given us a list of suggestions that may put certain people off with their aroma of new-age mysticism, or as some might say, mumbo-jumbo, but who’s to fault something that works for you? In my own experience, I’ve never encountered a specific list of “this color does this, and that smell does that,” but I know that in my own case, I do most of my writing first thing in the morning, and the creativity doesn’t really kick into high gear until I get a cup of hazelnut coffee and light a stick of my favorite incense. I don’t get it, I feel slightly silly discussing it, but for all of that, I know that it works.
You bring an interesting outlook to the fold, and I look forward to reading more of your views. Read well, and write better! ~ JT
Chrys Fey says
Hi Jack! Yes, I new this wouldn’t be for everyone, and that’s perfectly fine, but if we open our minds and set aside our initial thoughts about new-age mysticism we might be surprised to see how these techniques can benefit us as artists. Many of these techniques have been studied and scientifically proven. Though studying crystals is still ongoing.
For anyone interested, I found this additional article about aromatherapy:
Science Behind Aromatherapy: http://nuworldbotanicals.com/miscellaneous/science-behind-aromatherapy/
Mary Ann Slavcheff says
I ove crystals, colors and scents. While I keep my Pagan practice separate from my writing, the suggestions here are very helpful. Thank you.
Chrys Fey says
That’s great! It’s nice to meet a Pagan in the community. I love to use crystal, colors, and scents for everything, so I thought…why not to boost my creativity to? 🙂
Burning sage as I write tends to spark the creativity.
Chrys Fey says
That’s great! Sage is one of my favorites.
Jennifer Lane says
Wonderful post! Lots of good ideas.
Chrys Fey says
Thank you, Jennifer!
Thank you, Jennifer!
Chrys Fey says
Thank you, Angela, for having me on Writer’s Helping Writers. I am thrilled to be here to share this post about natural creativity boosts. 🙂
BECCA PUGLISI says
Thanks for being here today, Chrys. Apart from the commonly associated properties of certain scents, we’re all triggered (good and bad) by different aromas. Finding the ones that put you in a positive frame of mind can be a great way to get your energy up. I have certain candles that I use at different times of the year, and I find that the ritual of burning them while I’m working does boost productivity and creativity.
Hi Becca! Thanks for your comment! There are certain scents I enjoy during different times of the year. Like pumpkin, woodsy, and spicy scents during autumn and green, fresh scents during winter. Whenever I use those scents/candles I feel all cozy inside and out. 🙂