As a creative, it’s nice to be in a place of inspiration in order to feel more of a flow in my work. This isn’t always possible – sometimes we just have to sit down and do the work – but that doesn’t mean I don’t try to set myself up for inspirational success.
There are a handful of things I do offline to put myself in a creative zone. These activities provide me with different things – rest, creative ideas, and energy.
Go for walks
Specifically, go for walks in naturey places like parks, riversides, and forests. There’s something about stepping away from urban life and disappearing into nature that is very rejuvenating. I find that seeing the miracles of nature sparks wonder and appreciation for beauty.
Watch TV and movies
For something completely different, I find that watching good TV and movies taps into my authorly side. It feels a lot like passive research. I can get inspired by exceptional writing, well-layered characters, breath-taking settings, and exciting plotlines. I learn about storytelling by watching storytelling.
Find a new work setting
Something as simple as a change in scenery can provide me with the inspiration I need to move forward with my projects. My favourite change in location is moving my little dining room table office to a coffee shop.
Journaling for inspiration for me looks like a brain dump of all the random thoughts in my head, or of all the annoying little things that are bugging me. Sometimes I just need to lighten the load and word vomit onto a piece of paper. I can always come back to it if it’s really important. But writing out all my thoughts can get me into a place of focus, take me on a journey to a new idea, or just ease some emotional tension.
Visit new places
I love to go out and DO things. Living life is where most of my inspiration comes from – going to museums, seeing new cities, trying out a fun activity for the first time, eating at a new restaurant, checking out the local shops. The act of trying new things fuels both my energy and my creativity. It adds to my well of knowledge and experience from which I can draw ideas.
Have you tried any of these activities to get inspired? What inspires you?
Enjoy the journey,