Creative Exercise: Feed Your Mind

Ray Bradbury is the author of more than 500 published works—short stories, novels, stage plays, screenplays, TV scripts, poetry.

Exploring become his oxygen and the secret of his prolific creativity. Bradbury told Jack Foster that he had read a short story, an essay and a poem every day since childhood.

"If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines and music," Bradbury said, "you will automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry period in my life because I feed myself well."

Make an exploration list for your life. Fill it with readings, films, music.

Excerpted from "zing! Five steps and 101 tips for creativity on command" by Sam Harrison, MacHillock Publishing/IPG Distributors.