- Do not wait to start until creativity or inspiration to finds you. Just show up at the page/canvas/screen/keyboard and start making something. Anything. Even if you’re making bad or unimpressive stuff in the beginning, that’s OK. What matters is that you keep creating.
- Always bear in mind that ideas want to materialize through your imagination and your work. In other words, what can be created by you, waits for you to create it. So get to work.
- Nobody creates masterpieces on a daily basis. And the more productive you are, the greater chances are that you will be able to create better and more original things.
- Cultivate your creative habits consistently. Establish your own creative corner. Even if it’s just a table and a chair. Surround yourself with books, designs, quotes, colors, paper or whatever you’ve feel drawn to and intrigued by.
- Step away from the screen and put your phone in flight mode. Clean up your room, wash the dishes, take a walk. Make something with your hands. Physical work relaxes the brain, so it can subsequently build new fresh connections and see new possibilities.
- In order to think more creatively, you might wish to improve the way you establish connections between seemingly unrelated concepts and ideas. Always carry a notebook with you in order to record your ideas before they disappear from your mind. As Jack London said, “Cheap paper is less perishable than grey matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.”
- Learn to tolerate uncertainty. Keep walking and the path will appear. You don’t need to be able to immediately know where you are going.
- Create for yourself first. Honor your art and craft. Everything else can wait. Truly creative people get far by not obsessing about an outcome, feedback, opinions or trends.
- Always keep in mind that envy is nothing more than a compass. Use it solely to guide you towards the skills, the level of thinking/creativity you wish to develop.
- Learn to see as the creatives you admire. Not to look like them but to cultivate the ability to play with perspectives, narratives, designs etc. as they do.
As artists and creative entrepreneurs, we all need some support and reassurance when we feel our creative muse is slightly less present. Here is an often updated collection of notes-to-self, ideas and suggestions how to appease our creative anxieties so that we can keep doing what we love and enjoying the business side of it.