Creative people are thieves. They steal from everyone and everything. Nothing is safe. This isn’t to say they are dishonest. We draw inspiration from anything, even if it seems minuscule. The idea could be completely unrelated to the inspiration. Everything is writing/creating. The hard part isn’t always the inspiration. It’s doing the work to get it out to your audience.
Creative constipation is the worst.
Here are a few of my favorite creative laxatives, you know, to get things moving...
Read the war of art by Steven Pressfield: I actually listen to the audiobook. This book is a great kick in the ass to get you fired up about doing whatever it is you should be or want to be doing. Pressfield defines resistance, as he calls it and gives you a plan to defeat it. Regardless of your trade. This book is a great tool for anyone who feels like they have the potential to do great things. It’s also a quick read.
Write anything: Sitting down and typing nonsense is a great way to get the juices flowing. I like to see how many profane words I can get into a sentence and still have it make sense. Childish, I know. But it works. Hunter S. Thompson retyped The Great Gatsby over and over to learn how to write. The writing isn’t the hard part, it’s making yourself sit down to write. This works for any creative pursuit. Photography, painting, music, etc… sit down and do something.
Blast some tunes! What type of music gets you motivated? Put your headphones in or turn up the stereo. “The music we listen to engages a wide range of neurobiological systems that affect our psychology.” A recent article in Psychology Today stated, “Music has a dramatic effect on explanatory style and perception.” Now’s a great time to listen to that guilty pleasure. I have a playlist with Taylor Swift mixed in with Metallica, Bad Religion, and Social Distortion. Listen to whatever gets you going!
Go outside! Aubrey Marcus, owner and founder of Onnit, encourages people to go outside at the beginning of every day. Sunlight affects our moods and chemical production in our brains. 10-15 minutes of direct sunlight could be all that’s standing between you and progress on your work. I start the day by shooting my bow for 20 minutes. Throw some coffee into that mix and I’m fired up and ready to tackle the day.
Everyone has their own way to get their creative juices flowing. These are a few ways that work for me. Leave me a comment to let me know what you do to motivate your creative efforts.