We all feel uninspired at times. The good news is that it’s a natural part of the creative process and something everyone struggles with. Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to know where to look.
Can’t find inspiration? Don’t worry. Everyone hits a rut from time to time.
Some people love routine. They’re perfectly happy getting up at the same time, doing the same things, eating the same foods, and working the same job, day in, day out. I guess it’s comforting for them. Not me, I thrive on variety, newness, challenges, getting out and about and making things happen. And that’s exactly why I hate this time of year – it’s the weather. There’s not much to do when it’s freezing cold outside.
Anyone who has ever worked from home understands the value of a good coffee shop. Sometimes you just need to get out of the house, but you still want to work. Coffee shops are a nice change of pace. It’s fun to get a treat and soak in a different environment for a bit. Caffeine is also an amazing stimulant. Whenever I need to do some real thinking, I go for a latte. It’s also a great place for people-watching. Everyone has a story. Imagine what someone else’s life is like. The idea is to get out of your own head — to expand your perspective, to see life from another’s point of view.
Reading often helps keep an inspired mind and spirit. Books allow you to learn more about your craft and can inspire ideas from experienced experts. Knowledge is power. Perhaps the best way to get inspiration is to swim in a world of ideas. Reading — even merely being surrounded by literature — is a fast way to find inspiration.
Get out of the house and go somewhere new. A new environment can spark inspiration by giving you a new way of looking at things. Take some time in nature and appreciate its amazing beauty. Take time to sit, be still and breathe. Our busy lives can sometimes leave us so frantic that it can be difficult to get inspired. By taking the time out to meditate, you’ll give your brain a chance to refresh. Disconnect.
As they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Browsing around flea markets and thrift stores are great ways to get inspired by the past. I have a number of friends who are excellent “pickers,” and when they buy an item that is slightly used, they’re instantly ready to go to work on it or use it to change their entire motif. Looking at something worn and run down and creating something beautiful from it is inspiration at work.
You don’t have to travel to a distant land to stimulate your senses. Consciously bathe in the moment and environment of an art gallery. Explore paintings and sculptures from a variety of eras, countries, and styles to increase your perspective. Challenge your brain by asking yourself, “What was the artist trying to accomplish with this work?” This game will be especially fun with abstract pieces.
Where do you go to find inspiration?