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Make it a routine

Make it a routine

Generate ideas and work on your draft every day.

If you want to make a living doing something that involves generating ideas, act like you’re already making a living from it.

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MORE IDEAS FROM THE ARTICLE

Don't try to be original...

People steal stuff and ideas from other people all the time.

Most people try way too hard to be original but they never get anything done. 

Learn how to stand on the shoulders of giants, borrow from timeless wisdom, and draw from a variety of sources to come up with ideas of your own

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Consume and Create

You need to feed your mind. Along with life as source material, you should hunt for source material.

Read a book, watch videos, visit a museum. Do something that enriches you.

Knowledge has a million of benefits. One of them is that it makes you more creative.

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Instead, be authentic

Learn a structure, a method and be a bit formulaic. Then, one day, you'll have a unique writing voice that'll help you stand out from the crowd.

We all write and think about the same stuff but it's the way we do it that is unique.

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Pay attention

Most people live life with blinders on, unaware of their surroundings. 

Everything in your life can be a source of material that you can use to create something.

Pay attention to the little things. Be grateful for the usefulness of everything that happens to you. Don't let it go to waste.  

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The Ideas Machine Technique - James Altucher

Write down ten ideas every day. They can be for yourself of for someone else. 

Most of the ideas will suck, but a few will be gold. Take the good ones, save them, implement them, then double down on what works.

Get in the practice of generating ideas so you’ll become an idea person. 

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Be aware and observant

If you're aware and observant, you can see so much in daily life:

Conversations between strangers at a coffee shop, a child’s laugh, a woodpecker annoying you at 5 a.m., the faces of people as they commute to work on a Monday morning, how people walk.

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Life is Art

Don't write more, live more.

When you live your life and have amazing experiences, you can use it as material.

This is why it’s always important to keep a pen and paper handy. You never know when an idea will strike. Or where.

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Always collect good material

Writing is like pursuing a healthier lifestyle. It all depends on what we consume. Therefore we must take into consideration what we read, listen to, watch, and experience.

Every experience you get from books, adventures, podcasts, or conversation, is possible material.

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The power in breathing

Breathing calms down our fight-or-flight responses and opens up the opportunity for us to relax ourselves and our nerves in order to choose the most considerate and constructive response, appropriate for the situation.

There are times where we feel like we are about to explode from all the anger and frustration that we feel. Oftentimes, it's better to let it all out. However, during times where this is not applicable, we can use the power of breathing in order to release the tension we feel.

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What is creativity

Creativity is taking what's already present and connecting them in ways that haven't been done previously.

  • Research suggests both creativity and non-creativity are learned. Some people are more primed than others to be creative but nearly every person is born with some level of creativity and majority of creative thinking abilities are trainable.
  • "I'm just not the creative type" doesn't truly exist. 
  • The creative process:
  1. Gather new material.
  2. Look at the facts from different angle trying to fit various ideas together.
  3. Do something totally unrelated that excites & energizes you.
  4. Let the idea return to you.
  5. Shape & develop the idea based on feedback.

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