Qualified to Create
Creativity is a constant whisper inside us all. As artists it is our job to hunt for the whisper, listen closely once found, then bring it to the surface and encourage it to roar. Many people make the mistake of believing that they are not creative, but this simply isn’t true. Just because something because gemstones are buried in a mine doesn’t mean they can’t be excavated.
Individuality, inspiration, and imagination are already swirling in your atoms. I admit there are days when I put off the important in pursuit of procrastination, but this merely makes me humann. By approaching creativity with planned consideration, I ensure I’m able to draw the most from inside me.
Here are four methods to help you pull the most from your creative mind.
1) Concentrate. Life has plenty of distractions, and seemingly more so with every new year. In my neighborhood, I have to deal with dogs barking, car alarms blaring, the tamale lady hollering, “Tamales! Tamales y chaparatos!” along with the occasional unexpected visitor or silence splitting phone call – just a few of the many things that regularly mar my concentration. Torn from my flow, I find it all too easy to abandon creative pursuits and retreat to my paid work for the remainder of the day. Some of these distractions cannot be avoided. Many can. By reducing the number of possible distractions, I am sharpening my focus and widening the net to capture my creativity.
2) Prepare. I used to sit at my desk, stare at the blank page, and imagine I’d be infused with inspiration by osmosis alone. Now with the need for a mind in constant motion, I try prepare for the creativity of the coming day a full sunrise ahead of time. If there’s a particular subject I’m interested in or know I’ll be tackling, I do all I can to read up on the topic the day before. I saturate my mind with these fresh ideas, sometimes even swimming with them in my sleep, submerged in the morning with a new strategy to let them spill and slowly spread across the page.
3) Let go. The bright white of the blank page or empty canvas can feel more like a brick wall whose apex you can only imagine. When you find yourself feeling lost and standing at the base of the bricks, start moving the pen across the page or your fingers across the keyboard. It really is that simple. Start with the word “the” and then keep on going. Don’t worry about the words. It’s far more important to find your flow.
4) Embrace your limitations. Inspiration can strike at any moment and know matter how many times you tell yourself you won’t forget, the odds are not in your favor. Don’t allow an amazing idea to catch you unprepared. The more you coax your creativity, the more of a constant in your life it will become and the more it will try to catch you off guard. Before you know it, you will find yourself assaulted by the odd flash of creativity in the most unlikely places; the shower, red lights, the grocery store, the zoo. You must have a regular method to gather ideas as they come, be it notebook, recorder, iphone, or receipt. For an artist, capturing your creativity is essential to your productivity. You will tell yourself you’ll remember, but with life always raining a million things inside our minds, we must have a bucket to catch the overflow.
Many people believe they aren’t qualified to create. This is like believing we aren’t licensed to breathe. I used to be the same, but I no longer believe I need credentials to create. Now I know to nurture the creative seed inside you, all you have to do is try.