A few weeks back I posted on Instagram that an old Shure SM58 microphone was close to being my oldest possession. I love that mic. It has been with me through a lot and bears one or two scars.
Yesterday I got a delivery. It was from Shure in celebration of 50 years of making great microphones. A brand new Shure SM58, all shiny and with no scars.
Thank you, Shure.
One way to get the inspiration and ideas flowing is to mix your media. I’m not talking about adding a bit of collage to your writing or adding some paint to your sculpture. What I mean is mixing the media in your head. Give your muse something to think about and churn over.
Examples of mixing media
If you are writing about a character, how would you describe them, not in words but in sound? If you are painting a picture, what word, or words, would describe it to someone who hasn’t seen it? If you are creating a sculpture what sound would it make?
Mixing the media makes you look (listen and feel) at what you are creating using a different sense. What sound is that character making? What colour is that word? What song is that image singing? What does your canvas smell like? Use words, colours, sounds and smells to describe your art. Take your art in a new direction or simply push yourself to another level in your creative journey.
So if you’re stuck, or need a little inspiration, try to mix your media. Use sounds to describe words, use words to describe images, use smells to describe shapes, use shapes to describe words, use colours to describe sounds and so on, I think you get the idea.
Have a wonderful, creative day and realise your creative potential.
How to prepare for a creative weekend
Are you ready? Do you have everything in order? Is the scene set for you to have the best creative weekend ever? If you are like me then probably not. However, it isn’t too late to do some simple housekeeping in order to reach that creative potential this weekend. There are three areas we can look at to make it easier for our creativity to flow.
Prepare your tools
Do you have your pens, paints and paper ready? If you want to do a little visual creating then they need to be at hand. Make sure you know where they are. It is surprising how often we get the creative urge and we don’t now where our most basic tools are.
This is true whatever creative adventure you want to take. Musicians, do you know where that jack lead or guitar pick is? Writers, do you use a dictionary? Do you know where it is? Is your pen full of ink? Is your laptop fully charged? … Where’s the charger?
Prepare your space
We have two options. The first is the place you always create. This could be a dedicated studio or corner somewhere. If so, make sure it is ready to be used. Is it cluttered with old projects or the detritus (I love that word) of previous creative endeavours? Give it a quick tidy, a once over. The aim is to make sure it is ready to be used. It doesn’t have to be spotless or even tidy, just ready.
The second is for getting out and about. If you are going out then you need to know where you are going. Make sure you know how to get there and how long it might take. It’s no good travelling somewhere to paint the view only to be greeted by the light of the moon… unless that’s your creative aim, in which case you’ll still need to know. Make the journey as relaxing as possible. Arrive ready and not exhausted. Creativity demands energy.
Finally, if you are travelling you’ll need to make sure you have everything you need with you. You won’t be able to pop back home to get that particular tube of yellow ochre. Go back to the preparing your tools section above and think about what you need in a portable creative toolkit.
Prepare your soul
Don’t forget yourself. So often we get everything ready and then realise we’re drained. There is nothing left for us to give. If you are planning a creative weekend, prepare your tools and your space, then take a break. Top up your batteries and prepare your soul.
Eat healthily and rest. The wrong food can make us sluggish, that’s our minds as well as our bodies. Feed on things that inspire us. Listen to some great music, browse through amazing works of art, read some powerful poetry or prose.
Be inspired and prepare you soul. With a prepared soul, the inspiration will flow easier.
Go forth and create
Take a moment and prepare. The more you can prepare, the less you will have to work when the inspiration flows. Have a wonderful, creative weekend. And let me know what you get up to. I need a little inspiration too!