Monday, December 30, 2013

Creativity – Where Are You?

by Guest Blogger, Michelle Tupy

Whether we are writers, photographers, artisans or crafters, we all have something in common – we need a burst of inspiration or creativity to start and finish a project.

Of course we need creativity in order to complete tasks in all aspects of our lives but for those with artistic careers or hobbies, without it, we would fail to be successful in our chosen field.

Have you sat down in front of a blank canvas or piece of paper and struggled to find the right stroke or word to get you started? It happens to all of us in varying degrees but if we have a deadline to meet or a particular image to capture then it can magnify the creativity block tenfold.

So what can we do to inspire creativity?  One thing I know from experience is that you cannot force it.  It has to be able to flow freely and naturally in order to allow you to draw from it.  Keep a notebook or notepad by your side and be ready to write or draw when the ideas come to you.  

I often get my ideas in the early hours of the morning and it is worth honouring them, as and when they do come to you. Thinking you will remember them when you wake up is a recipe for disaster.

Sometimes all we need is a change of environment to bring in the ideas.  Take yourself down to a quiet coffee shop or go to your nearest park or museum and think positive thoughts – you may be surprised how quickly the ideas come flooding back.  For something closer to home – try sitting outside and allowing the calmness of nature to clear your thoughts to allow room to create.  

Or you could try looking at interesting sites online such as Pinterest or Tumblr to create a spark.  It only takes one little spark to get the ideas to flow once again.  

Failing that, just draw or write... anything… something – be uninhibited and free with your thoughts and ideas. Freestyle for a while until your thoughts bring you back around to your desired project but until then just go with the flow.

As creators we need to be gentle with ourselves and not dampen or discredit our ideas.  We need to embrace the flow of passion we have inside of us and over time we will learn what will work for us and what won’t.

All the best with your creative endeavours.

Michelle Tupy
Ghostwriting and Social Media

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