11 Tips to Shake Your Creativity Loose

July 2, 2012 § 2 Comments

One of the most common questions asked of authors is, “Where do you get your ideas?” The most common answer is, “Everywhere!” But that’s not very helpful to the struggling writer who thinks all of his ideas are boring.

The good folks over at Mental Floss posted an interesting list today called “For Your Inspiration: 11 Imagination-Jarring Tips From Creative Geniuses.”

While there are some rather unique ideas on the list, I know there’s more than 11 ways to jumpstart your creativity. For example, I get a lot of my ideas from the news; I read a story and then ask, “What if it was really because of this?” I also like to riff off of others ideas and ask, “What would it really be like to be so-and-so.”

That’s why I’m putting the question to you: Where do you get your ideas? How do you kick-start your creativity? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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§ 2 Responses to 11 Tips to Shake Your Creativity Loose

  • puckish says:

    When I’m creating physical art, I put on my paint encrusted apron. It starts the process. For digital work, which often begins with sketching, I like to do a short scribble session to loosen up. So much of creating visual art comes about as a direct result of the artist’s process. The small choices you make as you work can lead you to unintentional changes in content. This is not ideal if you have a client and a deadline, so it’s best to know your process and understand when is a good time to expand your understanding of the medium. As far as the origin of content goes, I’ve found inspiration most frequently in discussions with my friends – things they want to see or would like for themselves. The answer, for me, is to hang out with people. Talk. Get excited about things. Then go home and work.

    • Hanging out with people is very important. Writing, like painting, is a solitary thing, and you need to get out into the world from time to time and fill the mill with more grist; there can be no output without input.

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