The very word creative (create-ive) implies that there isn’t much advice that you can give – or get – on how to do it. In order to be creative, you have to do something that hasn’t been done before. So how can someone tell you how to do that?
But if I had someone to mentor in the creative process, this would be my advice:
Or speak them into the voice recorder on your phone. Whatever you think is a good idea, is useful. It might not work the way you think but you can incorporate your “draft” into another project. Whenever you have a “brilliant idea”, write it down.
2. Write bad poetry
Find silly words that rhyme. Write long, winding sentences about feelings and thoughts. Just indulging in that act helps get your creative juices going.
3. Take a day off
Get away from the computer as much as possible so you can have some new experiences. Go for a walk, go see a play, go visit someone in the hospital or nursing home. Whatever you do can inspire your creative process. Just be sure to bring your notebook with you so you can make a sketch or jot down your creative idea.
4. Messy is okay
Sure there is something to be said for de-cluttering your space. But sometimes, the most chaotic workspace can help inspire your thoughts. In fact, as long as it doesn’t take over your life, a messy desk or a messy bookshelf might be just the thing you need. Make your cluttered desk (or room or closet) a character in your story, or a part of the still-life in your painting. Imagine the possibilities of some treasured item lost in the mess and write about your character finding it. Messy can indeed be an inspiration.
5. Find a muse
The great artists had them. The great writers had them. Find something (or someone) that inspires you to tell its story. Nothing inspires a story better than having the main character already in front of you.
That’s what I was thinking I would say to someone who wanted to know how to be creative. But then I found this picture (below) that also taught me some things.
A few weeks ago, I read a blog post that recommended Stumbleupon as a good tool for bloggers to share their posts. I’d never heard of Stumbleupon so I put it on my list of things to check out but never got to it. Until today. So far, I love the site! So you bet this is something I’ll be using now – for inspiration or whatever else.
Anyway, if you’re on the Stumble, click to follow me. I am still new to the site so I wouldn’t know how to find you otherwise – send me recommendations, your blog, your favorite pages etc. Let’s connect.
The list below is the first image I found after I signed up and it was a list of ways to be creative. Coincidence? I think not.
My favorite item on the list is #33. I have found this to be the most challenging part of the creative process – starting off requires a lot of intention and motivation; sticking to a goal is itself a big hump; but finishing is the kicker. How do you know when to stop?
Case in point: I wrote a book. Yup. I did.
I thought I was finished with said book. But then I kept going back and editing and revising and nitpicking and finding fault and going over it again. I finally had to walk away and say “That’s it. I’m done. Time to move on to the next project.” The book is finally finished (leave me a comment below if you’d like to pre-order a copy)
Starting a creative project is a challenge but finishing is definitely the hardest part.
What would your one piece of creative advice be for someone else?