Instead of closing in on our muses like vultures and preying on our fears, we should take a deep breath, go outside and let nature be our teacher. We will find perfect symmetry, perfect color matches, perfect compositions…well you get the point, everything is perfect in nature. But beyond the obvious, if we relax and let our mind wonder, we will find that nature brings us wild things and stories and worlds and words and things, let’s just keep our mind open and listen to that inner child, not the inner voices of self-sabotage. Oh and we just might get healthier and fitter along the way.
Here are six easy ways to just get the sparks of creativity going.
It might seem obvious but if we stay home, inside, we sometimes just get caught in our dark web of procrastination. Taking a walk around the park or hiking in the forest gets our blood pumping and the fresh air oxygen our brain. Oftentimes our problems become less of a burden and we see solutions more clearly. But most importantly, we come in contact with the beauty nature has to offer.
Find a quiet place to sit and relax and contemplate the view and just sit and breathe deeply. It will quiet your mind and relax your body letting the ideas and your creative juices flow easily. What we need is to let our guards down and let the natural flow of energy pass through, otherwise, we are just blocks of stress. Let go of your ego and creativity will flourish.
Go outside and create an adventure. Invent a world of your own with creatures and stories, just go with it. Have fun. Find new paths and get lost. Look at a tree trunk and imagine what world lives there, what happens in their days, what unfolds and take notes, mental or otherwise, to trigger ideas for your next creation.
Even if we don’t do anything with it, just having fun, imagining stories, being that kid again. Just making a habit of imagination will help us keep the sparks alive and it will be easier to ignite the creative fire once we’re back in front of our white pages.
4. Bring a Camera
This is simply the best way to capture what you see on the fly. It’s also the perfect tool to test compositions. Take the same subject from different angles, take different subjects on the same spot, take blurry shots, take shot at different distances, take close-ups, take whatever you see and play with your camera setting. Don’t judge anything and don’t overthink, you’ll have plenty of time to judge and edit later.
5. Bring Pen & Paper
Same thing here, just capture what you see. Nothing has to be perfect, it’s just sketching. You can be as precise as you want or not. If you start drawing a tree and you see a face in its bark, draw the face. Let your imagination run wild, go wild.
6. Look Look Look
The idea is to practice the art of looking and the art of imagination and install a dimension of fun in our creative process. No stress, no fuss, no fear.
Go outside, go play, go wild, creativity is in everything and everywhere, we need to take everything a little less serious and have fun along the way, clear the path so that creativity can find you.
And you, what make your creativity flow, what do you do when you feel stuck?