Cultivating Inspiration

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Do you also want to be a creative commoner, but haven’t got a clue on how to tame inspiration? Well, let’s start with your conception of inspiration. What is inspiration to you? (Here you are supposed to think a bit.)

The idea that the artist is a genius, who creates out of nothing (creatio ex nihilo), is romantic indeed, but may very well be killing your creativity. I don’t buy into the notion that the preconditions for creativity are certain qualities or a certain talent. I think it is about the right mindset and plain hard work. Being creative is for everyone and something you can learn and train. If you want to.

  • You can’t sit around and wait for inspiration to come to you. You have to look actively for it. Be open and inviting for inspiration.
  • You should plan time for writing, drawing or whatever it is you do. If you are serious about it, then be serious about it. Mark a day or some hours every week for doing your thing.
  • Keep your mind open. I get ideas for blogposts when I’m reading a book, flipping trough a magazine, watching a movie or a TV-series, when I’m at lectures or when I’m talking with friends.
  • Be open to everything, everywhere, from anyone and anything. Inspiration can come from above below, or hitting you with a straight left. So be ready for it.
  • Keep a notebook on you at all times, so you can jot down an idea. If I don’t have a notebook on me, I use my phone or laptop.

I deeply encourage you to watch this great talk about creativity by one of my favorite writers. It rocked my understanding of inspiration, creativity, and genius. She rocks!

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