Creative ideas are the lifeblood of creative artists, the raw material we shape into wonderful new creations. This is true whatever your preferred forms of creating. If you have no ideas, you have no place to start creating from, your creativity is starved before it's even given a chance to get going.
So how can you have more creative ideas?
There are 3 key elements, and they don't begin with the point of having the idea, but way before. Here are the 3 crucial stages:
1. Be open to new ideas. If you have the mindset and belief that you never have any good ideas and never will have, then guess what? Yep, you never will have! Having ideas begins with being open to the world all around you, and letting ideas in. We each experience the world through our senses, so this is the starting point for being open to new ideas. Appreciate each of your senses as fully as you can, let each sight, sound, scent, taste and texture thrill you like it's the first time you've discovered your senses. The more open you are to fully experiencing your senses, the more they'll stimulate thoughts, memories and ideas to develop in your creative projects.
2. Capture your ideas. This is the biggest mistake - and the biggest misconception - we make as creative people. When you say: “I never have any ideas", what you're really saying is: “I never capture any of my ideas, so it seems like I never have any". Get yourself a notebook, sketchbook, pocket camera or voice recorder - whichever is most useful for your creative medium - and keep it with you wherever you go. As soon as an idea comes to you (through your newly heightened and enriched senses), record it. As you get into this habit of capturing your ideas, you'll find the more you have, the more appear willingly in their place.
3. Let your ideas evolve and multiply. Once you've started to capture your ideas, and they're in one place, you'll find they almost magically begin to evolve and multiply. Just the act of capturing the ideas gives them the go ahead to develop. In your mind, when you capture an idea, a signal goes off, and a box is opened, and either consciously or subconsciously, you're constantly working on that idea in some way. When you want to use an idea, go to your ideas book (or recorder or camera) scan through and choose the first idea that excites you. Go with that natural energy, shut out all other ideas and get creating.
Follow these 3 steps and within a few weeks, maybe even a few days, you'll have a fresh supply of great ideas to develop, and your creativity can really come out to play!
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From Creativity Coach Dan Goodwin