I have come to a surprising realisation that when I'm wanting to create ideas or do some writing my brain only works if I use pen and paper. For me, creativity and my computer don't really seem to go together (unless I'm playing with photos).
I must say I find it a blessed relief to leave my computer with all it's tabs and notifications that demand my attention. The internet is like babysitting a roomful of two year olds all vying for your attention whereas pen and paper is like a cup of tea, a quiet room, a good book and a couple of hours to read it in. That said like everyone else I still find it hard to pry myself away from the world wide web and all it's endless possibilities. When I do manage it I go to my wee sanctuary which is a tiny room that is tucked under the stairs. It's furnished with only a couch, a chair, two palms, french doors and a shelf of books.
I think the reason a pen and paper works so well for me is that there is an informality about it. I can make mistakes. I know it's playtime rather than "get everything perfect" time. That takes the pressure off and allows my creativity to flow. Plus I can let my mind wander. I can cross things out, add things in, use arrows (i love arrows), doodle, write upside down, really do anything I fancy.
There is actually a scientific explanation to why I would find this method the most creative. Handwriting requires sequential strokes to form each letter. These sequential finger movements activate regions in your brain that are involved in thinking, language and working memory. Virginia Berninger, a professor at the University of Washington, reported in her study of children in grades two, four and six that they wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand versus with a keyboard.
And if that's not enough to convince you to start using pen and paper there is the other glorious reason. You can indulge your stationary fetish guilt free. No need for any justification about browsing the stationary section when you are filling up those gorgeous notebooks with thoughts and doodles.