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1) Finding Inspiration
When you need to start your work, but are completely out of ideas, one of the best things that you can do is go through similar areas of interest. Seeing new things should spark ideas within you to incorporate the new things that you've learned with what you already know. When you look at other works, you see it from a different perspective than the author. Because of this, their work just might inspire you.
Take a piece of paper and start doodling. It could be random lines, or you could even start writing down random words that you associate with the given topic. It is much easier to get lost in your thoughts when you doodle because you're not thinking about it, your train of thought leaves elsewhere. And that's where the magic happens.
This is probably my favorite thing to do. It isn't important where I'm walking, what's important is that I am walking alone. Otherwise, I won't be alone with my thoughts. Just by walking aimlessly, I either get lost in my thoughts and come up with something, or I see something that inspires me, and it almost always boosts my creativity. It's my go-to when I need it.