This is a collaborative post.
I believe that everyone has innate creativity, but it’s fair to say that being creative is harder for some than it is for others. Not everyone is equally creative, but most of us can appreciate creativity when we see it.
Not convinced? Think about how often you’ll meet someone who dislikes movies, music and comedy all at the same time. If you do come across someone like that, well…you’re probably going to get sick of them pretty quickly.
Hopefully, you’re not that far gone and do have a thriving creative side to your personality. However, if this is left unstimulated, the leaves can start to fall from those trees, so to speak. Stoking the flames of your creative fire means feeding it with creative fuel, and that means getting out there and finding new sources of inspiration.
We’re into the last quarter of 2019 now, and with the change in the season, you’re sure to find some great places to fire up your creative juices. In this post, I’m looking at getting further in touch with your creative side, and have some ideas on how to develop this goal in some great ways. It’s also a good idea to pair up with another creative friend, to bounce ideas off each other as you work through some of these tips.
Here are some ideas for how you can boost your creative side, especially if you think you haven’t actually got one!
Experience talent in its top form
One way of getting further in touch with your creative side is by finding inspiration that fuels you. A fantastic means of doing so is to experience talent in its top form. This means heading out to see masters practising their craft, perhaps by attending a local orchestral performance or using Omega Breaks to identify the best theatre shows you may wish to enjoy.
If you are not involved in the creative scene even as a passing fan, you’re missing out on a wealth of creativity being presented by those who have made a career out of it.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should feel as though you should be a master of your own creative skills by now. You might not even want to launch a career in that particular either, but it doesn’t matter. With raw talent and energy like this, how could you not feel inspired?
Everyone needs a range of stimuli to motivate and inspire them. I can’t do ballet but I love to watch it as it gives me fresh ideas for stories and artwork that wouldn’t occur to me usually. Even if it’s not something you can do personally. learn how to enjoy a range of creative talents and fall in love with whatever craft interests you.
Join a beginner’s class
A beginner’s class can be an amazing means of helping you learn in the presence of other amateurs. It provides a safe environment for you to learn comfortably. Additionally, the one-on-one interaction with someone who may be a little more mature in their ability can help you develop on a more personal basis.
There are some creative pursuits for which this is an absolute necessity. For example, taking acting classes is essential if you have any dreams of becoming a thespian, because practising at home is simply not enough, as in acting you have to respond and interact with others.
Additionally, it’s important to consider just how powerful and positive you can feel when making connections, slowly making progress and learning to fall in love with said activity. These are the kind of bonding experiences that can last a lifetime.
So, go on. No matter how nervous you feel, you’re sure to squeeze real enjoyment out of this if only you’re brave enough to take that first step.
Practice and fail
If you want to learn how to paint with real skill and technique, it’s going to take many canvases with average work, lopsided perspectives, and sloppy intent before you find something that works for you. This is all part of practising the rules of whatever craft you hope to pick up, but from there you can start developing your style.
It can be scary taking up something new. For one, it might be that despite your interest, you actually have little natural talent. That’s ok though. Skill is much more important than talent, and that can be learned.
However, your fear of failure should also be accepted and even integrated into your development. This is because you often cannot get better without accepting your areas of improvement. If you’re learning to act, you’re going to forget your lines. You’re going to struggle to seem convincing. You are both going to over and under-act, perhaps both in one performance.
That doesn’t matter though, because with dedication and perseverance, you will improve.
Micheal Jordan said this on the power of being humble:
‘I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.’
This is an important thing to remember. Failing is important, it’s what helps you to succeed in the end.
Hopefully, some of the advice here has given you some food for thought. I’d love to hear how you go about getting further in touch with your creative side. Let me know in the comments what your favourite ways to stay creative are.