The world is changing fast. As a freelance writer, all you have to sell is your creativity. Make the most of it, by taking the time each day to court your muse.
* Read whatever interests you. Make time to read every day. Read classic writers, and read today's most popular writers too. Read junk writing. Read and make notes on whatever you read. Argue with the writers on paper. If you own a book, make it your own: add marginalia.
* Follow your interests. I enjoy tinkering with software and writing for my own enjoyment. What do you enjoy? Whether it's exercising, going to the movies, or gossiping on the phone, do it, but keep your writer's radar active. Whatever interest you, interests others too.
* Follow your instincts, also known as your intuition. Make an effort to do this. How many times have you read an article or a book, and thought: "I had an idea to write this a year ago?!" Your intuition speaks softly. Listen to what it has to say.
* Play! Toss a Frisbee. Bounce a ball. Do a crossword puzzle. Paint. Knit. As an adult, you'll have to make a special effort to indulge your playful self. Do it. And don't feel guilty about it. Your creative self LOVES play.
Find your own ways to stimulate your creativity, every day.