One of the downsides that many people face in their creative journey is the question “Am I actually creative?” The answers is yes — we are all creative. As we all embark on our creative path we often times hit roadblocks where we just can’t seem to find our groove. I’ve put together my top 5 tips for sparking your creativity and how to deal with feeling uninspired.
1. Embrace your creativity
It goes without say that many people forget how to be creative. Most artists spend their days dreaming up new ideas and concepts — it’s our job. But what about the average person? I truly believe that everyone is born with a creative soul but throughout our lives we push it out and forget to embrace it. It’s our job to hold on to that feeling of free expression and embrace our creativity.
2. Morning pages
One of the best ways I know how to get myself ready for the day and clear my head of all of the thoughts in the morning is by a practice called morning pages. Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. The goal of morning pages are to provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think morning pages: just put three pages of anything on the page — and then do three more pages tomorrow. I first read about morning pages from the book The Artist’s Way. Written by Julie Cameron, she explains how we as artists need to nurture ourselves just like children. This book has been monumental in my understanding of my creativity and I highly suggest reading it.
3. Surround yourself with other creatives
The best way to get your ideas going is to share them with others. Some of my best ideas have spawned from conservations with other creatives — somehow they just get it. If you’re an artist I would highly suggest joining a community art studio space. These types of environments breed collaborations and help you not feel so alone in your process. You can visit your neighbors frequently and bounce ideas off each other. It also comes in handy when your working on group projects or shows — instant helpers. A few local creative hubs to our city of Jacksonville, Florida are the CoRK Arts Districts, Phoenix Arts District, Space 42 & The Unions Studios. Some more popular ones include The Brewery in Los Angeles and The Bakehouse Artist Complex in Miami.
4. Get away from the noise
Although I recommend surrounding yourself with like minded creatives as much as possible, it’s also imperative that you take a break from it all. Sometimes it can all become too overwhelming and it gets hard to create authentially. In cases like this take a break, go for a walk or if you live in a busy city take a vacation. I’ve lived in major cities most of my adult life — Chicago and Los Angeles. Now that I live in Jacksonville, Florida I can honestly say that living in a place with less noise and more opportunities to think has helped me become more grounded and successful in my endeavors. Sometimes we need a reset to allow our brains the space to come back to our work with a new perspective. So, if you’re struggling with a finding inspiration try walking away for a while.
5. Feed your artist
Last but not least…feed your artist. Yes — baby it, take it for a walk, treat it like it’s a child. This means being selfish in your life and making time for you. In The Artist’s Way, Julie suggest going on a date with yourself once a week. No partner, no children, no friends, just you. Use this time to explore and get outside of your comfort zone. She recommends going to an art gallery, trying a new restaurant or getting lost in a book store. Use the time to embrace your curiosity and ignite your creative soul. I also suggest feeding your brain as well. Make time to write down your ideas, thoughts and goals. I’d suggest a Moleskine; their strong, durable and I like how they have a hard cover to protect the pages. Plus you can get them in just about any color!
No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity. ― Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way
Bonus Tips – A few books/podcast I recommend to get you inspired: