10 Ways to Get Your Creativity Flowing
1. KEEP A JOURNAL
For some people, the idea of keeping a journal couldn't sound any less appealing. I mean, forced essay writing? Come on! But keeping a journal doesn't always need to be written, it can be any way shape or form that you choose to express your feelings, thoughts, and experiences. This could be an in the form of a painted journal, a collage of random things you find throughout the day or even an Instagram feed. Having all of your ideas in one place also allows you to be prepared for when a wave of inspiration comes.
2. SPEND TIME WITH KIDS
Picasso once said that "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up". What causes us to go from making objects out of clouds to seeing them as nothing but potential rain and consequently heavy traffic on the way to work? Life happens! That's what! Let's never let play get lost in life's business. I love taking the time to chat and hang out with kids because they aren't tied down by bills, errands, and responsibilities. They have an interesting and imaginative outlook on life that if we can catch, we can unlock incredible creativity. Graffiti artist Banksy states that "The creative adult is the child that survived". So don't "grow up" and "act your age"! Feel the freshly cut grass beneath your bare feet, play with your food and colour outside the lines. Release your inner child and get your creativity flowing.
Romanticism was an arts, music and literature movement birthed in the late 18th century and focussed on the sublime of nature. It showcased nature in both its beauty as well as it's terror. Don't just find the inspiration in the postcardworthy environments, but set out to capture nature in it's full strength and fury.
4. NOTICE THE SMALL THINGS
It's easy to get caught up in trying to come up with the next "big thing" but sometimes creativity is found in the small things. The rose hanging so delicately over a white picket fence and the smell of fresh bread as you walk past the bakery in the early morning. Inspiration can be found in the simple, the mundane, the small but the beautiful.
5. WRITE A LIST OF ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU WOULD DO IF YOU WEREN'T.....
Too scared, too tired, too inexperienced.... Write them all down as crazy as they may be. For example.... If I wasn't paying off a student loan, I would complete my skydiving certification. If I weren't so unfit, I would enter a Tough Mudder event. If I weren't so busy, I would read for pleasure and not out of obligation. If I weren't so un-co, I would learn to dance.
6. START CROSSING THINGS OFF THAT LIST
Turn your excuses into plans, small steps you can take to reach these goals that you have just set yourself. Sure it may not be easy. That's why you put the excuses there in the first place. But believe me, it will be worth it. By putting yourself in a place where you are not ruled by feelings of incapability or a fear what other people think, you create a space creativity in ways that you never imagined possible.
7. BE PREPARED FOR RANDOM BURSTS OF CREATIVITY
I'm usually a morning person, but sometimes my greatest bursts of creativity come in the latest hours of the night. I keep a journal by my bed for those crazy ideas that I have during those sleepless nights. Lately, it has been some pretty out there ideas, I'm not sure if anything will ever come of them, but writing down these little bursts of inspiration means that I can come back to them when I'm feeling uninspired. Be prepared for these random bursts of spontaneous creativity.
8. BE INSPIRED BY PEOPLE, BUT DONT TRY TO BE THEM
Don't waste your time competing and comparing yourself to others, replicating their style and trying to become someone that you are not. You are the best you that this world will ever see, so don't settle for being the second best somebody else! Find YOUR voice, YOUR flair, and YOUR style.
9. GO SOMEWHERE NEW
It really doesn't need to be far away. Go to some random suburb in your city or find a secret waterfall on the outskirts of town. Take in your surroundings. The feel of the gravel country road beneath your feet. The sights of the chaotic CBD when the clock strikes 5. The tastes of the ethnic hubs of your city. The smells of the Saturday morning barbecues in the sports fields of suburbia. The uninterrupted sounds of the waves as they break on the isolated coastline.
10. FIND A NEED AND GET PASSIONATE ABOUT IT
Having a purpose is, in my opinion, the greatest way to stimulate creativity. The best kind of creativity has a message, a cause and a passion behind it. What gets you fired up? what dangerously disturbs you? What keeps you up at night? What makes you jump for joy? What makes your heart sing? Embrace these feelings and turn them into something beautiful.