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Top Twelve Creativity Tips



…or what have you learned about creativity in twelve months of existence of this blog.

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We are approaching our first birthday (yay!) and it felt right to sum up the first year of the effort put in to it. I have to say that I am extremely glad that we decided to take this project on as it has immensely helped me develop creatively, even though I was quite sceptical at the beginning of it.

 

  1. Inspiration is an outcome of work and they fuel each other.
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    I’ve always thought that I should wait for inspiration before commencing any creative work. What I found is that sitting and waiting does not get anything done in the end (not a revelation, I admit). I started forcing myself to actually do some work every single day (like my 365 project) regardless of how I feel about it and found that once I get into the mindset of “creating” and doing the work, new ideas appear as if from nowhere. Heck, I’ve created some of my best work during the days that I felt “uninspired”. Think of it like of a day job. You are still going to show up in the morning regardless of whether you feel like it or not (even if you are hangover). Same goes for creative work, show up, start “doing” and rest will just flow.
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  2. Tools are just tools, do not get hung up on gear forums and latest and greatest gadgets.
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    Obsessing over gear is not healthy. Excuses that you are not reaching your full potential because of the lack of latest and greatest gadgets will not count in the end. Picasso would not achieve what he had if he sat all day reading forums on which brush strokes best. “Why did you only paint few canvases, sir?” “I was waiting till get that brush delivered”. No, that would simply not work. Use what you have and if it limits you in any way, well, that is the next point.
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  3. Limitations are your friend.
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    Any creative endeavour (music, photography, painting, graphic design, film making, entrepreneurship, ) requires creative thinking (hello!). By limiting yourself (whether intentionally or not) you force your mind to come up with solutions to the restrictions you face. Creativity happens on many levels and it is a matter of exercising it as much as possible. When you look at photography for instance, it is not only about what happens within the frame, but also makeshift tripods, DIY light modifiers etc. These solutions often help photographers be more creative and this will eventually show in their work.
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  4. Simplicity most often yields best results (original post)
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    “Keep it simple, stupid” comes to mind when talking about simplicity. Keep your kit simple, keep your work simple and keep distractions as far away during work as possible. Zen.
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  5. Perfect circumstances do not come round. It is all about mudding through. (original post)
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    Just like gear obsession that holds you back, waiting around till circumstances become more favourable will not produce work. Putting things off for later, whether it is till weekend or retirement, is futile. It is all about creating regardless of the current circumstances. Tomorrow is only an illusion. Work begins now.
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  6. Do not get lost in details or you will loose the vision of bigger whole. (original post)
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    While working on your projects, do not loose the picture of the final outcome or what you are trying to achieve. Otherwise you might find yourself that these little “sub-projects” will not contribute to the greater goal. It is like picking apples for a Sunday roast that you are planning this weekend. What is your ultimate goal? You wouldn’t study musical composition for five years if you wanted to become an illustrator, would you?
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  7. Challenge your existing ideas.
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    “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” – Albert Einstein.
    As Alan mentioned in this post, you need to question your current methods of thinking and try to look at them from an outsiders perspective.
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  8. Experience as many new things as possible. (original post)
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    Living mundane and repetitive days will not spark neither nurture your creative thinking. I said before in one of my posts that creativity cannot be taught but by all means it can be nurtured. We do so by experiencing new, exciting things. Step out of your comfort zone in your life and you will find yourself doing the same thing in your creative work. Whether it is new food, making new friends with strangers or a roller-coaster ride, if it resonates with you but you haven’t done it yet, go for it. Bucket lists are great, but try to keep it simple and possible things on a day to day basis.
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  9. Imperfections are just about perfect. (original post)
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    Perfectionism is a nail in the coffin for creativity. If you want to produce perfect work, you will never be able to complete a project. You will always find yourself coming back over and over again to correct little things as your knowledge and experience grows. I am pretty sure that Beethoven would change few things here and there in his early work as he approached later stages of his life, but would that make them that much better? Give yourself deadlines on projects, work them best as you can at the moment and move on to the next one. Just to give you an example, one of my friends have been working on a song recently. It took him over a year to complete it, although most of it was finished, he would correct few things every now and then until he was fully satisfied with the result. Now, if he has given himself a deadline of a month on each track he would pretty much have an album by now. Sure, the track would not be as perfect as it is, but the next one could have been much better. It is all about producing a body of work, not a single piece.
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  10. One is the number.
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    “One is the loneliest number” as sang by Three Dog Night. And one is THE number when it comes to creative work. One sample tune or one focal length, even if it does not help the current projects, it does help you develop creative mind. Consider a personal projects with as many limitations as you can think of. I recently read (I will link to it if I can find it again) about a study that gave each participant fifty sheets of paper with a circle on them and a pencil. They have been asked to produce fifty different drawings. After drawing faces and likes most of them found that they had still a long way to reach the magic fifty. The more creative ones started folding, tearing and ripping papers and came up with some clever new designs. One tool, one project. Many different and new ideas.
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  11. True inspiration comes from outside of your field. (original post)
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    Just as experiencing new things, opening yourself to different creative works can help you find inspiration. It is pretty obvious that musicians will listen to a heck of a lot of music and other artists will stay within their own genre. As a photographer I have learned a lot in regards to light and composition studying some of the greatest paintings (whether online or galleries). I cannot recommend this approach highly enough as it will stimulate your creativity and help you develop better understanding of your own craft as well.
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  12. Embrace uncertainty. (original post)
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    It is all about trying new things without knowing for sure what the outcome will be. If it will end up as failure so be it but most likely you will find new ways and new ideas.

Well, that would be it. I hope you enjoyed the past twelve months as much as we did. To stay tuned for the future posts, connect with DIA on social media using the buttons on the bottom of this page.


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