How to get (and capture) ideas

Ideas are the lifeblood of the creative life. Whether you're a poet, a pastor, or a professional contractor, ideas fuel your work. But even the most creative folks run out of ideas. So how do we stimulate more? Here are some things I do that seem to get the juices flowing again: 1) Move away from the computer. Sometimes you just got to get away from your laptop. This is hard for me to do, because there is always something to be done. But I find that when I'm in the middle of a all-consuming project, I get ideas on the commute home or on a walk with my wife and kids. 2) Listen to music. I find that music stirs my soul. I can be the world's biggest crank with nothing in my creative tank. But if I turn on my iTunes playlist or use Pandora, the creative flow begins again. 3)...

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