“The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.” Arthur Schopenhauer
How does this quote apply to creativity and texting? If you want to enjoy a happier relationship then you need to stop sending your partner boring text messages! Creativity is the essence of superb texting, so aim instead to surprise your partner. You don’t have to do this with every text message that you send, but often enough to keep them on their toes, and make them actually look forward to receiving texts from you. The worst thing that can happen is for your partner to see your name appear on their phone and think “oh great, another dull or depressing message”.
A few years ago, I read a fantastic book called: How to Get Ideas by Jack Foster. It provided me with a framework for being more creative in everything I do, even communication. Here are 3 creativity tips from How to Get Ideas that you can apply to your “text game”:
1. Have Fun
Texting doesn’t have to be a serious string of sonnets. Sometimes, you can just have fun and write something off the wall. Of course the key here is moderation. If all your text messages are silly than your partner will think of you as a clown, which is never a good way to impress someone.
Instead of texting: “Thinking of you”
Text instead: “Just talking about you with my friends, nothing new here.”
2. Be playful Like a Child
Don’t follow all the rules that have been engraved in your head, such as never showing interest. Playfully let someone know that you like them without coming across as needy. For example:
Instead of texting: “I had a great time last night”
Text instead: “Stop thinking of me already ☺”
3. Choose Your Friends Wisely
If you spend all your time hanging out with negative people, it will reflect in the way you carry yourself and the way you communicate. Instead of sending positive, fun messages, you will become stuck in a dull, negative, text rut.
Instead of texting: “Crappy weather again today…so sick of being stuck inside”
Text instead: “Looks like the beach is out. Want to get your Salsa on? I found a class nearby
Well, there you have it: three easy creativity-inducing tips to keep in mind when sending your next text message. If you are interested in really upping your creative powers than grab a copy of How to Get Creative Ideas by Jack Foster. It’s a quick read that it will open up your mind and allow the creative genius buried inside you to roam (and text) freely.