Tips for creatives (from other creatives)

Consider this post a kind of creative moodling to refill your creative well and get your juices flowing! What do people who write, work and research creativity have to say about how to get in the zone, what skills are required and why it’s important?

“I try and remember to always have fun with whatever I’m creating. If I think too much about the end result or painting what’s in my head or trying to paint like someone else, I either freeze or paint something lifeless. I also try to make it easy for myself to create every day by keeping a few favorite supplies and my sketchbook out, ready to go at all times. And I always push myself in new directions by recognizing what I am drawn to in my every day.” – Juliette Crane

“Create a style file or inspiration box of stuff that you love. Photos, articles, fabric swatches, postcards. I have an antique sake box filled with strange and lovely stuff. Sometimes I close my eyes and reach in to see what comes up – an Elvis coaster, a Zen koan torn from a divinity school program, an old essay or concert ticket.” Danielle LaPorte

“A creative process may begin with a flash of a new idea or with a hunch. It may just start as noodling around with a problem, getting some fresh ideas along the way. It’s a process, not a single event, and genuine creative processes involve critical thinking as well as imaginative insights and fresh ideas.” – Sir Ken Robinson

“I believe that what is really painful is not practicing our creativity. It, to me, smacks of unrequited love: the wishing, the yearning, and the inability to engage. A great way to experiment with this is the next time “the blues” strike, try making something. Anything. A pot of chili, a cabinet, a wild paint job on an old bike, a batch of cupcakes decorated with whimsical candies, a nasty little ditty about whatever is bedeviling you– anything that strikes your fancy. See if your mood doesn’t lift almost instantaneously.” – Julia Cameron

“A concern I always have when I go on these runners is — how the heck am I gonna come up with new ideas? Here’s the thing. The mind is deeper than you can ever imagine. It’s only when you get it circulating that you start to see its true potential. And for 30 days, I’m merely skimming the top. Creativity is infinite possibilities. An infinite number of ideas all playing together in an open field.The only one who can put a limit on it… is you. And the best way to do that is by not tapping into it. Our idea muscle atrophies when we don’t use it. But when you do use it, stand back. It’s amazing what comes out.” – Jonas Ellison

“As we develop opportunities for people to be expressive and creative, we help to ensure that we live in thriving communities of people who are engaged with the world around them. We help people to recognise that they can make and shape their own worlds, and do not merely have to consume stuff made by others. It’s in this way that platforms for creativity can be fun, sweet and nourishing, and also vitally important for society and culture.” – David Gauntlet


3 thoughts on “Tips for creatives (from other creatives)

  1. Thanks for posting these – some real gems.

    I’ve always liked Chuck Close’s quote: ” inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work”. Sometimes we just have to create and see what happens….

    • Oh I so agree! Get started and see what arrives, honour the muse by turning up to do the work.. That’s a great one to add to the mix Alison, thanks.

  2. Great ideas, some different, some similar, all with the same purpose. Great encouragement. Thanks Jade.

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