Creative Problem Solving: Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?

If you’re a writer, work in a creative field, or simply enjoy creative pursuits – how do you get your inspiration for your works?

Personally, I’ve always had an overactive imagination. So I get my inspiration from everything I see, hear, and do throughout my days. I love the arts, beauty, music and entertainment. I enjoy learning new ideas, delving into quirky conversations, unique concepts and interesting information.

All of it is fuel for a new story or scene. It all helps for a current work or it gets mentally filed away for another project.

Truth is, we all get in a creative slump. So what do you do when you’re out of ideas? Or you can’t get past that next scene or creative problem? Here are my ideas for waking up your inner muse:

  • Make lists or outlines
  • Get physical – take a walk, workout, dance, etc.
  • Do something brainless like cleaning
  • Watch a movie
  • Read a book, article, poem
  • Work on another creative project (draw, paint, etc.)
  • Take a nap
  • Look out the window
  • Call or meet up with a friend

Seriously, any and all of those things have helped me when I’m stuck.

On one hand, some believe that you have to get down to work, whether you’re feeling it or not. I also agree with that. In fact, many writers claim that some of their most popular works were written when they were sick or not “feeling it.” Often, we are our own worst critics. And if you want to make a living as a writer, you have to write. You can’t always wait for inspiration.

Some writers keep strict daily writing schedules, while others prefer to take advantage of the freedom and flexibility of their writing times. Everyone’s different so it’s important to find what works best for you.

On the other hand, some writers come to a grinding halt when they’re not inspired.  I understand and appreciate the challenge of a creative problem. And I know that working with your own creative mind is not a linear process.

My husband now knows that when I’m looking out the window, I’m often working. My mother finally knows that when I go on a movie-watching spree, that in some respects, I’m actually working. Sometimes, walking away from the problem for a while is the most productive thing you can do. Let your subconscious mind work on it, then come back to it with a new perspective.

In the end, I think the life of a successful creative business person all comes down to a balance – get your creative inspiration from everywhere, learn as much as you can and observe all the time. But no matter what, set your business and writing goals, and get your work done.

Happy writing and reading!

How do you get inspired?

kittyfine (4 Posts)

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