If you are someone who uses their creativity, either in their job or their personal hobbies and interests, then finding new ways to be inspired is always a good thing. Whether you sometimes face a block and need some help to feel inspired again, or you just like trying new ways to find your muse, there are all kinds of things that can get your creativity moving, and sometimes, they’re not what you might expect.
The key to finding constant inspiration is to have ways of seeing and experiencing new things all the time. You are not likely to feel inspired if you try to force it while you’re looking at a blank screen, so you need to find ways to stimulate yourself and your imagination.
No matter whether you’re an artist, a musician, a writer, a designer, or any other kind of creative, you can try any of these ten ways right now, and let the inspiration come to you!
Go and Watch Some People at the Top of Their Game
If you want to feel motivated as well as inspired, then watching some people at the top of their profession or area of skill can be an amazing way to do this. This doesn’t even have to mean somebody who does the same thing as you – you can find inspiration from watching dancers, athletes, actors, singers, or just about anybody who is showing an exceptional amount of skill. Check out this ticket sale website to get some ideas for events you could go to to watch some exceptional people and get inspired!
Listen to a Completely New Genre of Music
Music is always inspiring, but if you’re feeling like your creative well is running a little dry at the moment, why not try listening to a genre of music you don’t know much about, and trying to experience something different? This could be anything from opera to K-pop, industrial heavy metal to Dubstep – the important thing is that it is outside of your usual taste, and so makes you listen properly, as though hearing something for the first time. Don’t try to critique or judge the music, just experience the new sounds and see what it makes you think about!
Watch a Classic You’ve Never Seen
Do you always hear people talk about an old movie that you’ve never seen and wonder what all the fuss is about, or perhaps even feel a bit left out? Maybe you’ve never fancied watching the movie yourself because it sounds like it will be dated, and there are so many other things on your ‘to watch’ list. However, if you do actually sit down and watch a much talked about classic, whether it’s Casablanca or Back to the Future, you may find that it can inspire you in new and interesting ways. Seeing something old, that means a lot to so many people, through a modern lens can be really fascinating, and of course, you will have a different reaction to it viewing it without the nostalgia for it others may have.
Sometimes, just going out and being around people can be inspiring, especially if you just sit back and watch the lives going on around you. Don’t be creepy about this – the goal isn’t to fixate on any one particular person and wonder about their life, or to eavesdrop on conversations, it is just to see all of the people around you with a little more interest than usual. Any public place that is busy can be good for people watching, such as a train station, or a spot in your neighborhood where you can sit outside with a coffee and see the people going by.
Go Somewhere Different
Going to a new location can make you take more notice of the things around you, and this can be great for awakening your creativity. You don’t need to go far, or spend a lot of money on a big trip, but you can get this kind of experience simply by going to a different neighborhood, or for a walk in a different park or through a different mall – anywhere can be interesting if you have never been there before!
Research Something Random!
The internet can be full of inspiration, but why not try just going down the rabbit hole by researching a completely random topic? Choose a period in history or a country, or a theme like myths or sports, and start looking for videos and articles about it. Alternatively, you can go completely random and just click the button that gives you a random Wikipedia article. You can follow the links and research all kinds of things, from people from history through to inventions and companies. You can also do the same thing on TVTropes if you want to look at media specific random topics.
Watch Something from Another Culture
Whether it’s a colorful Bollywood movie, Japanese anime, a British sitcom, or a Mexican telenovela, watching something from popular culture in another country can be really interesting and can be great for inspiration. Different cultures have different storytelling styles, languages, use different tropes and even different music and color palettes, and you’re sure to find something inspiring if you try to experience some media that is from another country.
Try a Completely Different Medium of Creativity
Another great way to trigger your creativity can be to try something new to you. If you’re an artist, why not try writing a story or a song? If you’re a writer, why not try painting something? You will find you have a lot of freedom by doing something you won’t be holding yourself to your usual standards for, by approaching it as a beginner, and it can be a great way to get inspired!
Read an Old Favorite
Reading is always good for inspiration, but why not try going back and re-reading a book you loved when you were a kid, but haven’t read again since? As well as the enjoyable nostalgia, you’ll be able to really think about what made this book so special back then, and you may find it gives you some ideas to create something of your own.
Talk to a Stranger (Online or in the Real World)
It may sound like the opposite of the advice we always give to kids, but if you want to be inspired, talking to somebody you don’t know can actually be a really good idea, as long as it is in a context where people actually want to talk! Just chatting to somebody in the line at the store, or talking to people in your local coffee shop or bar can be a good way to hear about a different person’s job or life, and of course, if you don’t like the idea of doing this in the real world, you can always find different people to talk to by joining in online forums or social media groups about things you’re interested in.
These are ten different ways that you can give your creativity and inspiration a boost, most of which you can try straight away! Next time you feel like you need inspiration, why not give one of them a go?