Many of us don’t sit around with paper and pad on the arm of our comfy chair waiting for a light bulb to appear above our heads, bringing the most amazing creative thought into being. Many of us, okay me, (but feel free to join in as I go along) often get frustrated that creative ideas, of any shape or form, never materialise or even threaten to appear.
With this in mind here are a few simple ideas to provoke an imaginative spark in your life that can be fanned into creative flames.
Think in metaphor
Just like I did above, by describing the creative process as a fire. Thinking in metaphor allows the brain to make connections it doesn’t normally make, and new connections mean new ideas.
Describe in another sense
We normally describe something we see by describing what it looks like. However, why not try describing an image by the sense of sound. Or a sound by the sense of smell. Again this will provoke your brain to go against its normal programming.
Excessive use of adjectives and adverbs
This could well annoy those you are near very quickly, so perhaps put a time limit on it. Use adjectives and adverbs to ‘colour’ your language each time you speak. You’ll notice how often you use the same few words, so try to think before you speak. This in itself will stop any automatic phrases being spoken. (Please stop this once you have entered the creative flow!)
Imagine you are a famous artist
Take a few moments to imagine you are a famous creator. This could be any type: artist, author or musician. Pretend you are them. What are they (you) going to create today? This can help you think in a different way to how you normally approach the creative process.
Take a piece of paper and doodle on it, preferably without looking at what you are doing and definitely without thinking of what you are drawing. After a few seconds or minutes, look at what you have done and use it as the basis for creating something, perhaps a picture or piece of prose or even a song. This will force you to think about being creative and open up new creative connections.
Have fun, and may your days be creative.