Growing up as someone who can make things often stupefies others. People who are non-makers are amazed that an individual can build a cabinet or make a dress for a formal occasion. If you are someone who grew up making, building or designing something out of raw materials, you are probably “nichefied “ as a creative person. But as a creative, we need several factors to do our best work.
- We need quiet time with our own ideas to allow them to percolate. What works for one may not work for another. Some people create best at a clean desk by themselves with only the company of a notebook and pen or a laptop or computer. They can type out their stream of consciousness, work with tools like CAD, Illustrator or InDesign, or create an infographic or Power Point to key into what there are trying to express from various ideas swirling in their heads. Others may work best from an inspiration board, actual or online. Still some creatives put their ideas into a giant mixing bowl in their subconscious and voila’ they can wake up in the morning with the next Great Thing.
- Exposure to trends, sights, inspiring art and thoughts of others will also tweak the creative spark. We are in the hey day of new technology and products, innovative ways of shopping and instantaneous knowledge to research at our fingertips. The negative aspect of this is however can be overexposure – how to usefully collect all the great ideas or even worse feel intimidation in stepping into the creation arena. Make this easy and uplifting for yourself. Keep a notebook handy for those little creative observations, don’t let any negative thoughts in and look only for possibilities.
- Creation often needs collaboration. Ideas need to breathe. Discussing frees you from too heavy an emotional investment in the creation process. Creation is the act of making something to be viewed, evaluated, developed. It can’t just live in your head unseen forever. Find others who you can trust for accurate input. Stay away from those who operate with NIH syndrome (not invented here.. if I didn’t think of it first, it can’t be a good idea…). Don’t air your ideas to anyone who makes you feel less than…, on another planet, or can’t listen without constantly being distracted or having to get back to what they want to talk about.
- Sometimes a project can’t go forward until you find the way. You may be missing tools that you need – physically or mentally. Allow a little time and patience to let your mind be dedicated to finding the solutions. Write down what you need. Create organized, inspiring files for your ideas. Feed your creative mind. Time spent educating yourself is more valuable by far than bemoaning what you are lacking. When you look for new ideas, you will often find a link with resources you already have, thus forming new connections.
- Take action- because after all, isn’t that what creation is? What?? You have to tweak it – again?? Well do it then. You will build patience until the point of no return when you just have to launch – let it go, let it fly – for better or worse. So point five is FINISH but review notes, add to the notes. What will you do better next time? Was it worth it? What were the pros and cons? What was the best part?