Ever find yourself in a creative slump, and don’t know where to find that next spark of imagination? People aren’t necessarily born creative. Whilst some people may naturally have a more ‘creative eye’, there are ways and means of developing your own creative flair, and we’re here to share them with you.
The Karate Kid would have never got anywhere without a bit of practice. Put in the hours to get to know, and love your craft. Yes it might be hard work, and your first few ideas may be thoroughly awful, but everyone has to start somewhere. Treat your craft with discipline and dedication and you’ll soon be reaping the creative rewards.
It requires more than just imagination to come up with creative ideas. Your body and your mind need to be working t their best in order for you to function at your best. If your physical energies are low, then your mental energies will inevitably suffer. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and get enough sleep and you’re setting your body and mind up to be creative.
Even the greatest minds took ideas from those around them. In order to fully know and understand your craft, you need to immerse yourself in the people and ideas within that craft. You’ll be surprised how much you learn from taking in the thoughts of other creatives, and this in turn will help you to develop your own creative processes.
Sitting at your desk for hours on end can ultimately be destructive to your creative juices, leaving you feeling stuck in a mental rut. Taking regular breaks from your desk is imperative to the creative process. If you’re struggling to get your ideas flowing, try going for a run or heading to the gym. Often , by taking your mind off your work entirely , you’ll find you come up with ideas and concepts that wouldn’t happen if you were just sat at your desk.
Despite the old-fashioned stereotype, creative environments needn’t be chaotic or cluttered. More often than not, you’ll find a clean, spacious environment to be much better for your creativity, as there will be less physical distractions around you, meaning you can focus your mental capacities on the task at hand.
Don’t limit yourself to just your craft – inspiration can be found in so many aspects of your life, and in so many other formats. Lots of creatives find inspiration by looking at other creative disciplines – writers who find ideas from photography, or a photographer who finds inspiration in painting. Varying what you study will help you to find inspiration in ways you’d never have thought of.
This one’s pretty simple really; if you surround yourself with people who are exactly like you, then you’re limiting your creative influences. Network, meet new people – creative and otherwise – and you may find they help you to think about things in an altogether different way. This doesn’t mean you should stop being around your old friends, but try broadening your circle and your creative ideas and thought processes will follow suit.