Aren’t there times that you feel your creative juices being in a lack? You try to think of your next topic, but nothing interesting comes to mind. As a creator, during those periods, you most possibly feel you are failing. Inspiration is what you need during those moments.
But what can you do when you feel you need inspiration?
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What to do when you Need Inspiration
1. Get Outside and Connect with People
We are all guilty of seeing people in our everyday lives without ever really connecting with them. Most often, we consume our energy and the time we spend with other people in meaningless conversations about superficial things.
Just try to get outside and make some real questions to the people around you. Ask to find out more about them. Who they really are? What are they passionate about? Are they afraid of something? What is that one thing they are missing more in their lives?
Do you really know the people around you? Even your closest ones? Ask questions and listen carefully to the answers you get. Most of the times the answers I get surprise me. I must admit that sometimes small talk might be good to break the ice, but genuine relationships can come out only after deep conversations.
A new person or even a friendly talk with someone you already know will most probably bring you lots of things to think about. It could be a good starting point to start another excellent discussion with yourself and your feelings and thoughts about it. At least I always do so.
Stop playing with your mobiles when you are around to other people. Disconnect from the internet to reconnect with people is what you can do when you need inspiration.
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2. Consume Art in Every Form
Art is an enormous source of inspiration. You might not be a big lover of sculpture or painting, but you may love music, cinema or theatre. Whatever is your favourite form of art, turn yourself to it whenever you need inspiration.
Art generates feelings and offers us another view of something we might have already thought about. Why are those feelings evoked? What happens inside you? The experience you get after consuming a brilliant piece of art is usually followed by a change that happens inside you.
In ancient Greece, through tragedies, the heroes and the audience where lead to catharsis. Every play or movie is structured around a main topic and a central idea. What are your thoughts about it? What you can definitely do when you need inspiration is to turn yourself to art.
“A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself . . . with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions.”Aristotle
3. Read Some Inspirational Quotes
If you read this blog long enough, you probably have noticed that I am a huge fun of quotes. I love calling them “little sips of wisdom” and I call them like that for a reason. Quotes are small, well said or written sentences almost about anything. They could be taken out of books, interviews, movies, plays, etc.
Usually, when I read a book, I must admit that I am one of those awful people who hold a pen and underline some of my favorite sentences. From time to time, I return to those books and read only those sentences just to remember how it felt while reading it. I use those sentences as quotes from where I can get inspired and write something on my own.
There are other times when I just want to know what other people have said about something in particular. At those times I might just google to find some quotes let’s say about “success”, “fear” or “procrastination”. Reading some quotes makes me think of several aspects of a particular subject which help me in exploring those different aspects through my writing.
Some of my favorite quotes are:
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”Oscar Wilde
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”Mahatma Gandhi
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”Mahatma Gandhi
“Without music, life would be a mistake.”Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”Albert Einstein
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”Albert Einstein
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”Marilyn Monroe
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”Thomas A. Edison
“Everything you can imagine is real.”Pablo Picasso
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”George Bernard Shaw
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”Theodore Roosevelt
Although I could create a full post just with quotes that I adore, this was not my initial purpose. Reading these sentences makes me think. I think of something I would love to say about them, of something I would love to write about them.
Personally, I find it much easier to write when I have just read something else. If you haven‘t ever tried to get inspired to write something after reading a quote, I strongly recommend this to you.
Final Thoughts on my Top 3 Suggestions When You Need Inspiration
Every creator has his own ways of overcoming a creative block and find inspiration. However, connecting with other people, consuming art and quotes are my top 3 choices when I need new ideas.
To conclude, I believe that inspiration is everywhere if we are open and willing to see it.
What do you do when you need inspiration? Have you found my tips helpful?
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