Creativity is magical, not magic.

I wish I could say I came up with that clever adage, but I have the deep dark corners of the Internet to thank for that (and this awesome post about 101 Inspirational Quotes for Designers).

The truth is, I didn’t know how to start this post. I had completed all my research, figured out a focus, but hit a roadblock as soon as I wanted to start writing – start using my creative talent. I was staring at a blank white screen with nothing but frustration. Sound familiar?

For me, one of the places I find inspiration is in words because I define myself as a writer (as you can probably gather from this post). That’s why I Googled the words “quotes,” “inspiration,” and “design.” And voila, I found something that made me think about how to introduce the topic of finding inspiration.

We all gather inspiration from different mediums and in different ways, but knowing how to trigger those creative juices is an important part of being a creative professional (that’s why I listen to a playlist of *really* embarrassing music that helps me feel inspired when writing).

When you can identify what causes your mind to clear, moves you emotionally, or helps your imagination spark, then you know how to work that creativity muscle. Keeping it healthy and strong is a must throughout your career.

The next time you face the deadly blank screen, try browsing through the websites I’ve curated below. Each is its own unique web design haven, where you can browse casually and let your imagination wander, or participate actively, letting community interaction ignite your artistry.

Here are ten great places to find design inspiration online.