As a writer, you’ve probably considered — and even tried — different writing styles to boost your creativity. If professional writing is your day job, perhaps you write poetry, draft narratives or journal in the evenings. But have you ever considered trying a new medium altogether?

Putting down your pen and picking up a paintbrush could be the creative outlet you need. Consider that trying something new creates new connections in the brain that improve cognition, meaning taking up a new hobby can actually help you be more creative in your writing. 

So the next time you’re facing a writing block, instead of merely changing your writing style, try sitting down at a pottery wheel, taking a dance class, making dinner without a recipe or recording a podcast with a friend — whatever remotely interests you — instead!