Creativity is like life; it ebbs and flows. Sometimes, even a howling wind can carry a nugget of creative wisdom. At other times, not even our favorite books can summon our creative spirits.
Can this be our fate? Can we let our creativity run wild, away from our grasp when we need it the most?
Creativity, in its essence, is untamed and wild. We can’t exert control over our creative reserves, but we can learn to summon it at will.
Here are 3 ways to do it:
- Mine your Memory for Inspiration
Revisiting your best ideas serves as a great starting point. It has worked for me every time. I even have parts of my best work by heart.
Start off with a self-assessment to understand what was different back then. What were your sources of inspiration? Was it a piece of work or an individual you looked up to? Take notes. List down the elements that inspired you. Then seek ways to introduce those elements back into your life.
2. Don’t Deviate from Your Voice.
We are often deluded into thinking that we should write/create in a ‘certain way’ to make our points across. While standards are necessary ingredients to aim for the better, it cannot be further from the truth. In fact, the creative industry thrives on unique voices.
It’s easy to get drowned in a sea of voices. The more unique your voice is, the less noisy it gets, and greater the chances of you being heard.
3. Develop Focused Self-Discipline
To light a spark, you need to rub two stones together. Similarly, self-discipline and intense focus need to come together to light your creative spark. Some of the greatest authors practiced the discipline of writing every day to pick up momentum. They are living proof that refining your craft through repetition can lead to mastery.
Shafeeka Hafeez grew up escaping into a world of books where she discovered a love for writing and a fascination with trees. When she’s not taking up a new marketing skill, or typing out a blog post, you can find her Googling the best therapy for abandoned cats.