Sparking your creativity

Do you often find yourself asking the question, how can you spark your creativity into life again?

As a visual artist, workshop facilitator, podcast host. I need to be creative in what I do.

Even those people we admire as being what is termed a creative genius, have spells both long and short of not feeling creative.

What I’m going to share with you here are a few techniques that help me find that creative spark again, to create a thing we’re proud of, to bring something new into the world.

  1. Movement – Staying put in one place too long, rarely helps creativity. You end up with the same thought patterns, familiarity breeds familiarity. Introducing movement, be it a walk in the garden,  a stroll to the shops, or just a lap of your office helps break those cycles of thought.
  2. Resolve or stubbornness – When I don’t feel creative when I’m having a day when I can’t see the next shot, the next blog post, the next newsletter, the next podcast question, I push myself out there. I create just for the sake of it. Not everything you’re going to make will be good, in fact only around 6% of ideas become a commercial success. Build your resolve and be stubborn with yourself.
  3. Cut out distractions – Find a place, or places, that are distraction-free. No phone, no internet, just be. Set yourself a time, ten minutes, half an hour, whatever you feel you can spare. Take a pen and paper and write out the issue you’re trying to resolve, or the idea you have in your head. Focus solely on that one task.

Do you have a particular way to spark your creativity? I’d love to hear it. Why not comment below, or email at info@shotatanangle.co.uk

 

Published by Shotatanangle

Helping aspiring creative amateur photographers gain confidence through simple techniques without any jargon, via one to one & group guidance online.

One thought on “Sparking your creativity

  1. There’s a great book I read years ago called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and in it she proposes several methods to keep the creative process going or flowing…one is the morning pages…put simply, the morning pages are three pages of longhand writing – could be in a notebook A4 or A5, strictly stream-of-consciousness: “oh, it’s not morning already….I have nothing to say….I need to get a birthday card for my mum.” The idea is that you just keep writing anything that comes into your head until you fill 3 pages. You may just say for a while, ” I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to say” and you just keep on until something pop in your mind! The psychology behind this is that you create a clear mind for new ideas to pop in as the soup of thoughts that results from our subconscious processing its experiences overnight, will on and off interfere during the day with our creative flow. It definitely works so worth a try. Meditation is also another good way to cleanse the mind before sleep and first thing in the morning!

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