Hello everyone! Welcome back to BirthMay 2022! Today’s post is going to be part of my Casually Creative series for this BirthMay, where I’ll talk about how I try to foster creativity in my everyday life. This post is all about finding inspiration!
In case you’re new, every May I blog every day and call it BirthMay! Why? Because it’s my birth month and I’m super extra.
I feel like a lot of people tell me that I’m super creative and it’s something that I really appreciate hearing. I feel like I’ve focused on trying to find inspiration in everything, and so I thought I’d share a bit about that and tips on how to passively focus on inspiring creativity!
Casually Creative: Finding Inspiration
My top tip is to write down EVERYTHING that inspires you. I recommend just starting on your phone. I don’t know about you, but I always have my phone, and I don’t always have a notebook. So if you see something cool, take a picture. Hear something that inspires you like a bird call, a song, a conversation, or anything else then record a video. Think something cool? Write it down on a note on your phone or email it to yourself! I always take a look at those notes or photos when I find that I need some extra inspiration.
Something else I’ve noticed is how important it is to look up. There are so many times when I’ve looked up to see a beautiful ceiling, a really pretty, tall tree, or something else super fun! It is definitely something I recommend not just looking up, but changing your perspective in general. Switching to another area of the house or just going to write at a local library or cafe (in non-pandemic times of course) is another great way to do that.
Another tip I have is to consume content of similar ideas as your own. If you’re writing a novel, I would recommend not only reading novels, but also reading novels with similar ideas to yours. I know lots of people say not to do this so you don’t accidentally copy something, but I find that it helps me, a novice writer, pinpoint what sort of rules for the world I’m creating might be missing.
In general, I’ve learned that actively looking for inspiration will lead to naturally finding it all around me, so I do recommend getting into the habit at first of somehow tracking the inspiration when it finds you a few times. Even something as simple as creating a Pinterest board could be a great way to get started, without ever leaving home! That should be enough to get started!
So that’s how I find inspiration in my day to day. Paying attnetion and writing it down are lifesavers when searching for ideas. Plus, as I always say, if I don’t write it down then it doesn’t exist!
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