Hi folks, welcome back! While taking a week off of posting, I've gone and made a few changes to the site. You can read more about them in the news section of the home page. Now we're back in business and it's time to talk a little about inspiration. So fasten your safety belts and make sure your valuables are securely stowed, inspiration here we come!
Show me a creative and I’ll show you someone inspired (to be clear, I’m pointing at the exact same person).
When you get the ball rolling, the wheels turning and the pipe piping on your creativity, you’re bound to have a head full o’ ideas. Too many, perhaps. But when you’re just getting started, ideas can be a bit harder to come by. Hey, where do ideas come from anyway? I mean, besides your mind, silly.
I declare to you a great many ideas come from being inspired (call it my declaration of inspiration). Have you noticed the more outside sources of inspiration there is in your life, the more creative ideas of your own come popping up out of the woodwork like a bad case of termites? Well, I have (and someone call pest control on those buggers)!
If you’re on the hunt for a good idea, start checking into some sources of inspiration. They don’t necessarily need to be from the same place either. Expand your horizons: go to a concert, go eat some ethnic food outside your typical cuisine, go on a hike, read a graphic novel, try paddle boarding, do some people-watching at the park and bet someone in a bottle-cap race through the canals. Me? Nope, never done that last one before. Maybe once, but it was entirely within city ordinance, I swear, Officer.
Ok, before you get too out of hand, maybe start with what you know. Try chatting with an expert in your field of interest. Look for examples from your favorite creative influences. But don’t be afraid to branch out a little. You’d be surprised what crazy connections your brain makes when you let it get inspired.
Thomas Edison said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.”
You know what I say? Don’t sweat it, just get out there, open your mind to a wold of possibilities and get inspired.
Hey Creatives, what are some of your favorite sources of inspiration? Let us know in the comments below.