Stop telling yourself you’re not creative, and start telling yourself you’re the next Picasso.
1. Try working from a café, because a little noise will actually do your imagination good.
The writer in a café is a classic stereotype, but for good reason. Several studies have shown that a moderate level of noise (70–80 decibels, to be specific) is actually really helpful for getting in the creative zone.
If you can’t get to a café, try listening to white noise or music without lyrics.
2. Ignore the little voice that keeps telling you you’re not a true creative, and fake it ’til you make it.
If you feel like you’re too left-brained or logical to be creative, you’re selling yourself short andshooting yourself in the foot. The stereotype you embrace is the one you embody: the educational psychologists that tested out this idea call it the creative stereotype effect. So, if you walk around acting like you’re the next Picasso or Sylvia Plath, you may find that you had more ideas than you originally thought. On the other hand, if you try to write a short story thinking like the Type A mathlete you always thought you were, you’re probably going to have a tough time.