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5 Boring Ways to Become More Creative

Creativity and doing “normal” things

An ordinary life allows creative people to put food on the table and hone their crafts at the same time.

  • Ernest Hemingway, one of the most famous American authors in the past century, had a day job during most of his literary career.
  • Salman Rushdie was a copywriter during the day and worked on his novels at night.

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  3. Step away from the problem. Next, you put the problem completely out of your mind and go do something else that excites you and energizes you.
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  5. Shape and develop your idea based on feedback. For any idea to succeed, you must release it out into the world, submit it to criticism, and adapt it as needed.
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