One thing that anybody in a creative industry knows is that inspiration can be a fickle mistress. Sometimes you overflow with ideas that you can’t get down quick enough; at other times you stare at a blank screen or page as if it’s your deadly enemy.
On those bad days, you may want to simply say, “Oh well, it’s not happening today,” and put your feet up instead; but if your paycheck depends on finding inspiration and creativity day after day that simply is not an option. So what can you do?
Creativity isn’t simply something that comes and go at a whim; it’s something that can be learned and developed, and creativity training specialists can offer some great advice and techniques for ensuring a steady flow of inspiration.
Upping Your Elvis, a company who specialise in developing creative leaders, gave some very useful tips on a recent blog post at www.uppingyourelvis.com. Instead of choosing between staring blankly at your screen or simply giving up, you can use the five tips in the article to generate ideas, to kickstart your creativity and get your inspiration back.
Brainstorming (number two on their list) and mind mapping can be very useful tools to finding an idea, or to pin one down that’s being somewhat elusive. It’s something that you can do by yourself, or as a group with colleagues and associates, and while you can choose the low-tech option of pen and paper or a whiteboard, there are also plenty of computer solutions like the free online site bubbl.us. This allows you to create a mindmap online without even signing in, and the interface is easy and intuitive.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that creativity is all in the mind; you are a complete organism and your body affects your brain in multiple ways. If you’re in a slump mentally, it may be because you’re in a slump physically. Eat well, drink plenty of water, and get your body moving – there are some ten minute workouts which will be easy to fit into your routine on the NHS Live Well site at www.nhs.uk/Livewell. Once your blood is pumping faster through your body, it’ll flow through your brain faster too, stimulating the inspiration you need.
As we are all individuals, there is no single key to inspiration and creativity that will work for everyone, so the best advice is to pay attention to yourself. By observing the factors present when you’re at a creative peak, and by experimenting to find the best methods to get you out of a slump, you’ll be able to create your own inspiration when you need it.