Sparking Creativity: Get Out of Your Head! (Thought Isn’t Everything)

Creativity is a tricky thing.

Whether you’re a writer, singer, dancer, choreographer, musician, composer, actor/actress, director, photographer, painter, graphic designer, fashion designer, digital mastermind, innovator – you see where I’m going – creativity is a vital part of your life.

You find your creativity likes to pop up at random moments – those moments when your passion + drive flares up like a stoked fire and you just have to put your thoughts into action.

You’re probably wishing that happened more often (+ not just at 2am, in the shower, or while you’re eating).

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Sparking your creativity doesn’t have to be a chore or an elaborate scheme. The little things you do on a regular basis can be the difference between chasing your creativity + making creativity your bitch (yup, I went there).

Since this is the first time you + I have roused about creativity, let’s keep it simple:

GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD!

Yep, it’s that “simple.” I say “simple” because when your creativity isn’t answering your calls, all you can do is obsess about when it will get back to you.

Instead, you need to go out + have a life.

Read. Laugh. Love. Talk. Eat. Move. Watch. Travel.

Explore the awesome variety that this world has to offer. Do things that have (seemingly) nothing to do with your creative profession. Take up a separate creative hobby that you do just for the fun of it with zero intention of doing it professionally.

If your creativity isn’t answering your calls, you’ve become the obsessive one instead of the supportive one. We all need a break now and then, and that includes your creativity. You still need to have a life + an existence outside of your creative occupation.

Your experiences + adventures in life are what inspired your creative adventure in the first place. If you cut those off + don’t create new memories, your creativity has nothing fresh to live on.

It’s especially important for you to dabble in other creative outlets because they can shine a new spotlight on what you do professionally, giving you a fresh perspective + innovative approach to what you already do for a (creative) living.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good 2am session that seems almost supernaturally driven as much as the next creative maven. That being said, I don’t want to wait around for that to happen + I also enjoy sleeping.

Your life is your creative inspiration + your creative work will truly inspire others when it comes from your unique memories. Don’t over-analyze everything that happens in your life, trying to dig out the possible angle you could use in your work. Just go out and fucking live your life (+ always carry a notebook with you because you never know when you’ll need it).

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YOUR TURN!

What’s your FAVORITE creative hobby (i.e. the one you don’t make money from; you just do it for fun)?

COMMENT below, share your thoughts, + join the conversation!

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  • I like collage,zentangle,anything with paper. My favorite craft time is with my 10 year old niece Annie.. making memories..

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    • Thanks for your comment, Jan, and those are wonderful creative outlets! Also, the fact that you’re able to share your paper crafts with your niece makes it all the more special and memorable (and possibly inspirational) 🙂

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  • I have 2 favorite creative things- dancing (salsa is my absolute favorite!) and singing. Both of these allow me a lot of self expression and help me to stay fully present in my body!

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Lyn, and your creative hobbies are great! I love that they’re so different (physical expression vs vocal expression) and they really help you embrace the moment 😀

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  • LOVE your advice to just go out and live your life.

    I heard something interesting on a podcast the other day. It was about productivity, but I think it applies here just as much. The guy (wish I could remember his name) was talking about clearing out space in your head by getting your to-do’s and larger goals on paper. Try to get everything out of your brain so you can stop worrying about it in the background and have the extra space in there to THINK CLEARLY. It makes so much sense to me as a creative person. Creativity is delicate. It needs room to breathe and stretch.

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Nicole, and I’m delighted that you loved my advice 🙂

      Oh yes, whoever that guy on the podcast totally nailed it. Marie Forleo calls is “creating white space” and suggests taking the first 5-10 minutes of your day to write down everything in your mind – worries, fears, chores, curiosities, stuff you want to look into, plans … etc. so that you can think clearly and have it all collected somewhere. When life and to-dos are distracting, creativity is often absent and, as you said, delicate.

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  • Cooking! Especially when there is “nothing” in the fridge because that’s what brings out the creativity!

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Leah, and cooking is awesome! I’m a total food dork and being creative in the kitchen really helps to “think outside the box” (or simply destroy the box all together) 😀

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  • I love photography! I do offer it as a service, but I love it as a hobby too. It’s fun to go explore parts of the city I haven’t seen. I also enjoy knitting 🙂 haha!

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Jess, and being able to enjoy your service without any creative constraints is a beautiful thing too! Knitting can be a wonderful, hands-on (obviously!) hobby and it can be very humbling (it took me longer than I like to admit to pick up, haha) 🙂

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  • I like to get out on the lake and go stand up paddleboarding. Its quiet and attention-consuming so I can’t think about “work” stuff. That allows inspiration to creep in!

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Suzi, and stand up paddleboarding on the lake sounds divine! I haven’t had the pleasure of trying it yet, but I’ve heard nothing but great things. I can certainly see how it would be a great way to focus (or you fall and get wet) and simply enjoy the beauty around you (which is great for inspiration too) 🙂

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  • Haha, looks like I’ve managed to monetize almost all my hobbies. Not because I’m so greedy (I hope), I just can’t imagine living a life where fun and work are separate. But dancing and cooking are still completely money-free.
    Very inspiring post, thank you!

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Madeleine, and dancing and cooking are awesome things! The fact that you’ve been able to monetize so many of your hobbies is super impressive too – I’ve tried to do the same thing many times over the year, but I often find out that some hobbies I’m just not passionate enough about to make money from (which isn’t a bad thing either). 🙂

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  • I make family photo albums in Shutterfly and dance (not at same time). And I always carry a notebook in my purse.

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