Monday, November 9, 2009

Maintaining Creativity in a Mundane World

Some days, I just feel like being creative. I either want to write a poem, draw, start a novel, or take some pictures. Unfortunately, I find that the mundane duties of job and life often drain that vivacity. There are certain responsibiilities in life that can take over and draw us into hyper-practicality. Get the bills pain on time, keep the house clean, grocery shop, take kids to some practice, etc.

So, what is the best way to reignite the creatie fire? Some things that work for me are

1. the five second meditation/visualization Yes, five seconds is a bit of an exaggeration but not as much as you might think. What I do to get in the creative frame of mind again (I also use this technique to regroup and relax), is use visualizations. For some of my visualizations, check out

2. Cross-pollination: using others' creativity to ignite yours I talk about this on my photography blog at I list there people who have really inspired my creativity. When I am having trouble being inspired, I will listen to some of my favorite songs, watch a show that is creative and inspiring, look at inspired photos, etc. This often helps reignite my creative drive.

What helps you reignite the creative flame?

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