V I I TY
MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
is for your creative projects to turn into a job too, so spend
some time getting into the right mindset to start creating.
Obviously, each person’s recipe for inspiration is going to
look a little different. Strangely enough, an essential ingredient
for me is the ambient sound of my favorite coffee shop—and
I’m not alone! According to a University of Illinois study, background noises like those found in your local cafe are perfect
for stimulating creativity. One of my favorite apps to use
when I’m working on a project at home is Coffitivity (free),
which recreates the sounds of a café, complete with indistinct chatter and the hum of machines and clattering dishes.
It might seem like a strange idea, but trust me here, you may
find those background noises more helpful than you'd expect.
I also love listening to music, and Spotify (free) has some of
the best curated playlists around. It even has a selection of
playlists completely dedicated to writing and studying!
“Try listening to Elizabeth
Gilbert’s talk 'Your Elusive
Creative Genius' and tell me
you don’t feel indescribably
inspired afterwards. I dare
There’s also nothing more nourishing to your creative soul
than listening to fellow artists, which is where the Ted Talks
app (free) comes in. Just try listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s
talk "Your Elusive Creative Genius" and tell me you don’t feel
indescribably inspired afterward. I dare you. I’ve also found
that meditating really helps get me in the right mindset, and
Headspace ($12.95/ per month) has been one of my favorite
methods for motivating me to do that, featuring spoken-word
meditation exercises and reminders to meditate daily. You can
also use coloring book apps such as Recolor (free) or Pigment
(free) to pass time when you’re bored, or play word-guessing
games such as Blackbar ($2.99). Apps like these don’t require
a ton of concentration, yet they are much more nourishing to
your creativity than browsing Facebook.
FOR CRAFTING AND DIY PROJECTS
I like to make things. I’m not always the best at it, but I en-
joy it, and that’s all that really matters, right? Lately, I’ve been
into creating my own costumes for conventions and shows
(geek status here). Unsurprisingly, one of my greatest artistic