Like any good habit, your creativity needs to be nurtured. Particularly if you expect your muse to show up on demand. Following few simple ways will keep your muse nourished, and keep the creativity flowing.
Keep an Idea File
Keep a file or a notebook where you note any ideas you have. It doesn’t matter if you never use them, but write them down. Every couple of weeks, or at least once a month, review this file. Human brain works in mysterious ways. Creativity is a fusion of ideas, and you never know which ideas are going to connect together. So give them a place to mingle.
Enjoy Alone Time
You need space to be able to listen to your brain. If you are always chattering away to other people, there is no room for your muse to talk to you. Make sure you give yourself regular alone time. Learn to cherish solitude, and learn to be more aware of yourself, and you will be more in tune with your creativity.
Expose Yourself to a Lot of Different Ideas
For your creativity to reach depth, you need to expose yourself to a lot of different things. Read different things from books to blogs, go to museums and look at art, go to opera and theatre, go to sports events. Give yourself an opportunity to experience different ideas, even the ones you don’t agree with. Your muse taps into everything you know and learn, and uses them to create your personalised brand of creativity. So you need to make sure that you are giving it plenty of food.
Keep Your Body Moving
A healthy flow of oxygen and blood does wonders for the brain. Don’t expect your creativity to flourish if you are just sitting in your chair all day. If you are not very athletic, go for walks or dancing or play games with your friends. Keep your body moving, and your brain will work better.
Use Setbacks and Failures
Setbacks and failures are a part of life, but as a creative, you can feed them to your muse. Personal experiences add emotional truth to your work. It doesn’t mean you should kill someone to know how a murderer feels, but rather that you use emotional truths available to you – such as being dumped, failing a class, or falling out with a friend – and then heighten it to express it through your work. Look at every setback in life, particularly the ones that make you cry a lot, as something to explore and tap into.
Use Your Ideas
Collecting ideas, and fusing them is just a part of nurturing creativity, but you need to apply them. Whether it’s for traditional creative mediums such as writing, painting, dancing etc. or in more mainstream life – such as using creative techniques to become a better parent, or a better employee, or a better student – apply your creativity. Application is essential when you are trying to acquire a skill, and creativity is a skill.
Do you have more ways to nurture creativity? Share them in the comments below.