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Tips On Generating Creative Inspiration

Updated on June 3, 2012

Inspire Yourself

Inspiration will not come while you sit pondering where your muse has fled. It will not come at all, as it is always there, all around us.

What happens when we become inspired or that light bulb goes on is that we suddenly become aware of that which was sitting there simply waiting for us to take notice.

We become inspired and embark upon a creative activity when we step out of our daily routine and take the time to look at what is around us in a different way; in other words when we shift our perception from what usually occupies us to view it from another angle.

This can happen without out conscious effort and thus our feeling that we were inspired or it can happen through our own efforts.

We can develop the skills and habits that enable us to draw upon this force when required.

How do we do this?

We are creatures of habit and these habits allow us to get the mundane tasks of life accomplished in an efficient and timely manner. Unfortunately we can also become trapped by habits and get locked into what is frequently called a rut or for some a writer’s or creative block.

We are stuck and no matter how hard we try, we stay stuck.

One exercise that I undertake to keep the ruts from wearing too deep is to seek out new foods to prepare; look for a recipe that I have not made and give it a try. It is in the trying that we learn and find insight and it really does not matter whether the recipe works. The process is the goal.

There is the first step towards liberating your creativity and having inspiration become your companion, process is what matters not the end result.

Another simple way to shift your perspective, change your point of view or break a rut is to alternate where you can your mode of transportation. The journey from point A to point B is different when you walk, ride, and take public transport or drive, for example. In addition, change your routes as often as possible.

This alters the input that you brain is receiving and may increase your chances of noticing soemthign that you never noticed before.

When you step out your door and enter into the world use this as an opportunity to observe and interact with what is around you; do not simply pass through the journey because you are eager to get to your destination, take advantage of the journey and discover something new.

Pay attention to nature, however, it presents itself where you live; become familiar with the seasons not just the weather but the plants and other beings that come and go as the seasons change; broaden your perspective. We are not alone on this planet and there is considerable happening, so stop and notice.

I was taking a design class some years back and the instructor was talking about perspective and a technique that she used to change hers.

What she did was bend down and look back through her legs; try it; but first consider your attire and where you are.

You may want to do this at home, in the backyard or your living room, although I do suggest that you give it a try, at least once in a public park, for example.

Another good technique for opening your creative process comes from a photography workshop that I took about 15 years ago. I still use it now and again.

Grab your camera and go into yoru backyard or if you do not have a backyard go to a park, mark off, a small 3 x 3 foot square and photograph all you see in that square.

Digital photography makes this much easier to do.

Read, read widely, go beyond your favourite genres and authors and explore other directions. The public library is a great source of books and while you are there take time to scan the newspapers and magazine, you never really know what will leap out and go Eureka!

Ask yourself questions and challenge your beliefs this can help you better define what you believe and who you are and can also open the doors to new ideas that inspire creative action.

Perhaps, the most important point after understanding that it is the process that matters is to accept that creativity is all about action. You need to be engaged; engaged in the world around you, a participant who observes not a voyeur, an actor who also watches.

It is this dual and involved role which can open your doors of perception through which a flood of new ideas and projects can flow.

Remember your muse will not come when you sit immobile or go through the day in a trance simply repeating actions that you have done so many times before you are not even aware of what you are doing.

Your muse has not fled, you have simply bored her to the point where she is taking a nap. Step out your door, open your mind and observe and you will find her.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you for your kind words, creativity does indeed stir the soul, well put. Thanks for dropping by.

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    Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    I'm with tonymac - I cannot believe that I haven't seen this hub of yours yet. I think creativity stirs the soul and makes us realize how human we are and the gifts we have to offer. Thumbs up - awesome!

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome , all the best and thanks for dropping by.

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    Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

    This is so awesome I can't believe I've not read it before! Thanks for the really wonderful ideas.

    Love and peace


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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Changing perception can be very powerful and a camera a good tool for so doing.

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    CollB 6 years ago

    These are really inspiring-generating ideas - yes I normally use a camera as well to capture those rare moments.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Ryan .I have read Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and used the techniques, there are some gems in the hubs here.

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    shibashake 8 years ago

    Great hub! I heard Betty Edwards (Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain) talk a few years back at a conference, and I really like her techniques for enhancing creativity through simple artistic exercises. I think you are absolutely right that creativity involves active participation. Sitting at home and "forcing" your brain to be creative just does not work. However, it can be difficult to turn off the television sometimes :)

    A fun, low effort, way for getting inspiration is by reading hubs that people on my fans list post comments on. I have found some gems (this one included) this way.

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    Ryan Hupfer 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

    Thanks for your great thoughts, Bob, and thanks for aswering my Request. It's not easy to keep the creative juices flowing sometimes, so I appreciate all of the suggestions.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome. Happy the hub is useful.

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    Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

    Eureka! I hit the jackpot here. Thank you.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and i am glad you found it useful, thanks.

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    Tony 8 years ago from London UK


    These are very wise inspirational tips that have made me think about many things and that was not even half way through this article!

    Thanks for sharing

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Zsuzsy, I agree it can become a way of life if you use it.

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    Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Awesome hub Bob as always. your mind and observe... those were the very words I kept preaching to my kids always. I believe that that bocomes a way of life

    regards Zsuzsy

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you Aya.

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    Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks


    An inspiring hub! I like your techniques for perspective shifting.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for your kind words.

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    NYLady 8 years ago from White Plains, NY

    Bob: What a nice, thought-provoking hub. It makes me realize that I need to get away from the laptop more and get some inspiration. I'll try a few of these things you mention -- looking at life in a different way. I love, love to read, so at least I'm going that! Love your photos, too.