Being creative can bring with it a lot of positives, giving your skills a practical outlet and allowing access to self-expression but what if being creative is not your forte?
You’ll be surprised at how creative you can be with just a little inspiration. Check out these eight tips to a more creative you.
1. Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Inspiration
Whatever you do in your day-to-day life, you’re bound to see things that make you pause for a moment, perhaps a pattern of wallpaper you really like or the way the rain taps against the window. These reflective moments can be channelled into your creative drive. Taking time to write down how they make you feel, throwing together a quick sketch or even recording a sound on your smartphone are perfect ways to document inspirational moments.
2. Make It About You
If you’re following a recipe for the first time or have bought a new craft to try at home remember you don’t have to always follow the rules! If you have a flash of genius, follow your gut instinct and make your creation very much your own. By creating something in your own unique style, no matter how it turns out, you’ll be more confident next time to try out your own ideas.
3. Learn What You Love
If a sudden desire to learn the skill of watercolour painting has taken hold and you’ve rushed out and bought the paints, take time to pause before diving in. While self-expression is very much encouraged, just by learning a few simple techniques before you start will help you save time and frustration when your creation doesn’t appear to be going quite how you want it.
4. Set Aside Space
Give yourself enough room both physically and metaphorically to work. Set aside an area of your room where you will set up your creative space. Don’t clutter it with distracting objects but instead fill it with inspirational books, pictures or music to help you start your creative odyssey.
5. Follow Your Heart
You may have told yourself you could never be a painter or a playwright but if it’s something you’ve always harboured a deep longing for then it’s time to go for it. There are plenty of how-to books out there to get you started but the hardest part will be putting pen or paintbrush to paper and just beginning. Once you’re underway you’ll never regret taking that risk.
6. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
If you’re looking to share your work with the world, then don’t be afraid to ask trusted friends or family members for honest feedback. If you are hoping to publish any written work, then use online tools and resources to make sure you don’t send misspelt, grammatically poor work. Tools such as State of writing, Via Writing, AcademAdvisor, Simple Grad and Academized will all help your writing to be perfect prior to reading.
7. Take In Some Culture
Often we live very much in our own bubble and fail to see much outside our own sphere, but to get the creative juices flowing try taking a trip to a local temple or another place of worship that is outside your own culture.
Take in the imagery, people, smells and music and think about how you can produce some creative work around everything you’ve seen or heard.
8. Get Involved
Remember, you don’t have to be a creative person all alone. There are many active community groups looking to welcome new members.
“Collaborating with other artists and musicians can be a really positive experience. From sharing ideas and frustrations to admiring each other’s work, joining a community group is a great way to becoming a more creative person”.
Don’t suppress your creative side any longer, instead find new and fun ways to become the artist, writer or poet you always wanted to be.
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