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Shigeru Miyamoto's Best Creativity Tips

November 16 was Nintendo game designer and producer Shigeru Miyamoto’s birthday, and to celebrate, we figured it was high time to take a look at some of his insights into the creative process.

Why You Should Edit Your Writing When You're Hungover

You may have heard the old quote “write drunk, edit sober”, but it might actually be better to edit when you’re still hungover.

If You Can't Come Up With A Good Idea, Put Two Other Ideas Together

No matter how long you stare at that blank page, it’s not going to magically give you that perfect idea you need. However, if you’re hitting a creative block, try combining two generic (or bad!) ideas together to see how you can recombine them.

If You're Waiting For Perfection, You're Probably Stalling

It’s hard to ignore a flaw when you see it. You know it’s there, it’s all you can focus on, and you don’t want to accept it. You want to fix it before you release your work to the public. If you’re waiting for it to be perfect, though, you’re probably just stalling.

Find Creative Inspiration With This One-Minute Future Thinking Exercise

If you’re feeling stuck in a creative rut, giving your imagination a quick jolt can help. This exercise can help you refocus and it only takes 60 seconds.

Set Rules For What You Can't Do During Creative Time

Working on creative projects is tough enough as it is, but trying to schedule in time where you’ll be able create is next to impossible. To at least help with the process a little, 99U suggests creating a set of of “can’ts” when you’re working on projects.

Form Your Best Ideas With A Monthly Idea Rundown

Sometimes ideas seem useless until they’re connected with other ideas. Revisiting all of the idea notes every month gives you a chance to connect the dots and turn average ideas into great ones.

Practice Frugality To Boost Creativity, Not Just To Save Money

“Why go to all that trouble when you can just buy [X]?” It’s such a common refrain when it comes to money-saving tricks, most of us assume it’s common sense. If you’re looking for a better reason to stay frugal, make it an exercise in creativity.

Hunter S. Thompson's Best Life Tips

Hunter S. Thompson isn’t exactly known as a saint, nor do people tend to look to the drug-loving, slightly crazed journalist for life advice. However, through his fringe lifestyle and off-the-beaten-path outlook he’s provided plenty of advice on living that apply to all of us.

If You Can't Come Up With A Good Idea, Brainstorm A Bad One

Few things are harder than coming up with a good idea when all you have is a blank page. If you can’t come up with a good idea, try brainstorming a bad one to get your creative juices flowing.

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