This sounds obvious. But, a lot of people don’t even realize that they are Creatives.
They sort of wander about life leaking out ideas and hemorrhaging some of their best inspirations – entrepreneurs and marketing mavens alike!
Don’t be one of them.
Consider this your Creative ER or Intervention.
Get over your phobia of commitment to your own creative genius. And, admit to yourself that you are easily and regularly inspired at any time and in any place for any number of bizarre reasons.
If you have a day with one or many moments of creative ideas, make sure that you make space for what I call the Creative Dump.
This means that at home or as soon as you get an honest chance: you offload.
Let it out, record it, write it down, dialogue with someone, sew it, video edit it - No matter how small the idea seems.
Dodge the mistake of thinking that even just one word doesn’t have significance to your creative arc.
That one word, phrase, riff, logo or show idea should be carefully stored away and catalogued.
A season or situation will manifest itself that fits your idea like a…well, like a nun in an Abbey ;)
Someday, whether today or in the future it will reappear and be the perfect thing or stepping stone to completing an artistic endeavour or project with a flourish.
Placing your ideas in one place where you can find them easily and quickly, digitally and/or otherwise (if digitally, don’t forget to back it up!) always brings peace of mind.
A binder, a disc, a creative corner, a drawer, someplace - even if it’s basic and rustic – just make space for that Creative Dump.
Hmmm…here’s me hoping to hear from any dancers/choreographers and people from other interesting forms of art like quilting and how they pin down (pardon the pun, Quilters!) their cloud of creativity.
Please do share your thoughts in the comments just below! And, if you haven’t already, get some creative cloud pinning preamble from Pin Down Your Creative Cloud ~ Part 1.
I admit, getting all structured and intentional with your wild and crazy talent doesn’t sound all that appealing.
After all, being an artist is all about that absolute random lightning-striking-being-inspired instant.
Artists do have a reputation for being disorganized geniuses who write on napkins that blow away in the wind or burying their treasure only then to lose the map.
While this thinking both appeals and perfectly describes me - it doesn’t help either of us.
Most of all, it does our art form or entrepreneurial idea an injustice. It’s difficult to progress. It’s difficult to build on an idea if you cannot recall its original building blocks.
Take it from a nebulous vague idea and start pouring down some concrete for a good foundation.
So, artists, entrepreneurs and creatively passionate people everywhere…
Tame those tempestuous instances of inspiration by pinning down your creative cloud and spreading some fair weather into a world in dire need of your creative illumination.
by Priya Devalia
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“To improve the quality of the day is the highest form of art.”
@priyadevalia Quotes Henry David Thoreau