One of the best parts about running a collaboration month is getting to interact with some wonderful bloggers all over the globe. I had a few spaces that needed filling and so I asked in a few Facebook groups and Stephanie reached out to me, with this amazing post that I knew I had to share with you guys, these tips are definitely going to be helping me!
It’s not always easy to let the art flow through your fingers, no matter your chosen medium, sometimes you’re just….stunted.
Getting creative is all about getting in the right headspace and not over thinking things. But even when your head is clear the inspiration isn’t always that forthcoming.
Sometimes you just have to get out there in the world and observe. Observation is the artist's best weapon and it’s always possible. All you have to is notice the things around you and consider them for a moment.
Here are my 5 tried and tested methods of getting into the creative mood.
1. Put on some music and listen carefully
Music is the art of the soul, listen to the undulations, the changes in tempo, the lyrics. Revisit music that has made you feel something in the past, analyse and try to get into the headspace of the person who wrote the song. What were they thinking about, what were they feeling, what had just happened to them that inspired them to write these lyrics in the first place?
Instrumental pieces can conjure up some amazing mental imagery, notice your thoughts, what does this music make you think of? Is it melancholy or joyous? Does it remind you of when you had your heart broken or the thrill of being on the tipping point of love?
Write all these ideas down, find the thread then see that thread through, as far as it will go.
2. Get your blood pumping with some exercise
Sometimes if we’ve been in a creative funk, it might be because we’ve been forcing ourselves to sit and produce without really spending enough time on what it is we’d actually like to produce. Your desk is for doing, the rest of the world is for observing, thinking, bringing ideas together.
Getting up and away from your desk could be all it takes to break your losing streak. It’s good to pump the lymphatic system and get the heart pumping with a little exercise. It should be something you enjoy, that clears your head and makes you feel alive.
Maybe try aerial yoga or rock climbing, something that will push you and uses every part of your body.
3. Browse your bookshelf
Chances are there are a number of writers that inspired you to create in the first place. You most likely own a few of their books. Go back to your bookshelf. Leaf through the pages and absorb the rhythm of the words. Sometimes that’s all you need to remember how much you love to create. It certainly works for me.
If you’re in a harder to shift funk then re read a few old favorites, reacquaint yourself with your old friends. They have been there too, they know the struggle of creation and look at what they have achieved. You can achieve this too. Simply allow the words to affect you with their power.
4. Go to your local museum and observe the artwork
If you are lucky enough to live near a museum then go! Take advantage of this amazing monument to human achievement and learn something new. Allow the artistry to soak into your bones.
Much like listening to music, try to imagine what the person who created whatever it is you are looking at felt at the time. What emotions does the artwork call forth from you?
5. Talk to other creatives
Having a network of fellow creatives is utterly invaluable. Have some friends who love to create? Why not get together on the reg to swap ideas and brainstorm techniques together? Maybe even do skill swaps to try new mediums.
Don’t know anyone personally? There are more than likely many workshops going on in your area, fish them out and sign yourself up. Even if it isn’t your chosen medium you are likely to meet at least some like minded people in these places. Keep going until you do.
If that fails then there are hundreds, if not thousands of facebook groups you can join very easily. Social media is an absolute gem for meeting the like minded. It takes time and effort, be prepared to share your experiences and help others as much as you can, in time you will build some great online friendships and they might even spill over into real world friendships if you’re lucky.
Want to create but struggle with a crazy list of responsibilities and have zero energy?
If you’re just not feeling that productive but it’s driving you crazy because you must feed this urge to create then check out this post about how to boost your energy so you can be productive. Get your energy back so you can conquer your goals and achieve your dreams.
Stephanie is a Virtual Assistant who loves working with creative freedom lovers to help them reach their full potential in their business and personal life. Check out her free productivity guide to get your life up together and running smoothly in no time. Packed full of tips and tricks to streamline your life into something you can get the most out of and live to the full!