Even the most creative people have days where they just can’t seem to make anything happen. Maybe its because of a lack of inspiration, or maybe you’re just burnt out.
We all have those days. Even though we are made in the image of the creator, sometimes we just have an off day (or week). Knowing that those days will eventually come, it’s important to have a process to help fuel our creative fire.
A lot of creative people will read that last statement and think,
“A process of creativity? That’s ridiculous! Real creativity is unplanned and spontaneous!”
Well, listen here Picasso, even the most creative of creatives has a slump. I don’t care how many iPhone wallpapers you’ve designed– a day will come when you just wont have any creative juice. When that happens, you’ll need a plan.
Start By Being Proactive
Whenever you have a stroke of creative genius, hopefully you have some way of recording it. Whether it’s in a notebook, Moleskin, Evernote (my favorite), random piece of gum wrapper you found on the ground– whatever works. Whenever you have a spike in creativity, be sure to also record some of the external factors which led up to it. Try to take into account a few of the following factors:
- How much sleep have you had?
- What have you been eating the past 24hrs?
- What kind of music were you listening to?
- What type of smells were in the air?
- What time of day was it?
- What led up to your having the creative spike?
There are probably a lot more factors that could contribute to your level of creativity, those are just a few. Be aware of them, and write them down. Before too long, you’ll start to recognize some sort of pattern. Once you’ve discovered a pattern, try to recreate it and see what happens!
Learn From Other Creatives
There are other creative people out there who have been refining their creative process for years, even decades! So take some time to learn from those who have more experience than you.
The video below really inspired me to try some things I haven’t thought of before. In fact, when I saw this video last week, it really sparked some creative juices in me! Then, when I saw it again tonight, it inspired me to write this blog post! It was created by an awesome motion graphics studio and covers 29 ways to help you stay creative— check it out:
To develop a creative process seems almost counter intuitive to most creative people. Trust me, when the day comes that you are creatively dry, you’ll want to have something to help get you going. So start today to develop a process to help you stay creative, even when creativity is in short supply.
Do you have anything that has helped you stay creative? Any tips you’d like to share that have worked for you? You can leave a comment by clicking here.