You consider yourself a creative individual, but sometimes can't quite seem to access those ideas as easily as you would like to?
Whether you are a writer struggling with writer's block, a designer falling short of fabric or someone simply looking to find your hidden creative side, knowing how to fuel your creativity is vital in order to succeed.
5 Ideas to Inspire Your Inner Creative Muse
Here are 5 ways how to do just that:
1. Put Pen to Paper
Creativity strikes when you least expect it. Perhaps on the morning commute or passing a shop window inspiration triggers your brain and you're not prepared.
Always make notes to prevent forgetting genius plans or ideas. There is nothing more frustrating than knowing you had something great earlier, but now it is just a memory of greatness.
Carry an ideas notebook with you or alternatively use your smart phone to record creative ideas when they hit you. Even the most random collection of words or a quick sketch could lead to something much bigger later on.
Many visual thinkers and makes carry a camera with them to frame views, inspiring designs and items or places. While it might be easier to constantly have your digital SLR camera with you on holidays, much can be achieved with your phone or tablet camera in every day life too.
2. Keep a Scrapbook of Ideas
Scrapbooks are a fantastic way to store both current ideas and inspire new ones. Take cuttings from newspapers and magazines of inspirational headlines and images, clippings of fabrics you like from old clothing and stick in favourite photographs.
Collating items in one place gives you a physical form of reference, but also something to show others when having difficulty expressing these ideas.
Scrapbooks can be as perfectionist or as unlimited as you like, consider them a creative journal you can choose to either publicise or keep to yourself.
3. Continue Ideas Instead of Copying Ideas
A successful way to fuel creativity is by finding inspiration in other's work. Pay attention to what others are doing and watch the changes they make over time.
Visit museums, read auto-biographies and listen to albums in order to follow those with similar interests to you. Read blogs and find work that you like and deem successful.
Often you will be able to find patterns in other's creativity. Ask yourself questions like:
Answering these types of questions will help you take an idea and use it for inspiration, rather than for imitation.
4. Think Outside the Box
Take gradual steps to branching outside of your comfort zone. This is a way to discover new 'loves' and 'hates' and therefore new ideas. Try a new craft, write with your opposite hand, taste a new food or listen to something inspiring.
Doing something out of the ordinary is perfect for thinking outside of the ordinary. Try not to limit yourself with the everyday mundane as creativity is best fuelled when it is controlled by random inhibitions.
5. Exercise Your Brain
Just like your body, your brain also needs to be worked out from time to time. Stimulating your brain allows it to grow, just like muscles do after a gym session.
Reading is a great way to do this as it gently transports you to another place, time and scenario, stepping away from your life just briefly enough to rest your brain whilst still stimulating thought. Reading forces you to become completely involved in something else and is the ultimate slow leisure.
In contrast, activities such as TV watching and laptop work allow your brain to get comfortable for too long, often decreasing your creativity level and making simple tasks that follow a lot more challenging than they need to be.
Meet Victoria Kear
Meet Victoria Kear...
Victoria is a freelance Journalist and graduate in Writing Fashion & Culture from Southampton Solent University.
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