June 14, 2011 by Heather Harris
Being creative is both a blessing and a curse sometimes. It’s taking a piece of yourself and releasing it out into the world for everyone to see, and that’s scary. To really create, you need to let yourself go, let your real self become a part of your art. It’s about being honest, with yourself and with the world. Otherwise, it’s not satisfying. It leaves you frustrated and exhausted. Real, effective creativity builds on itself, gives you energy, leaves you refreshed and invigorated.
So how is this accomplished?
1. Be real with yourself. Take a moment and quiet yourself. Turn off all the electronics, log out of all the social media, turn off your music, and just sit in the quiet and be who you are. Feel the space around you and how your body fits into it. Then be honest with yourself about where you’re at. Take off any figurative masks you might be wearing. Crawl out from under your shell of how you want the world to see you and be what you are in the moment.
2. Find what inspires you and draw from it. Whether it’s a blog, a magazine, a piece of art, a good movie, your favorite band, whatever. If it inspires you, then read it, look at it, soak it in, absorb it, but don’t try to copy it. Let it fuel your creativity, not box it in.
3. Warm up. Athletes don’t just go straight into a game without doing some kind of warm-up stretch/exercise. Neither should any creative person dive straight into a project without first getting his or her scattered thoughts and ideas out into the open. Brainstorming, Mind-mapping, word lists, and sketches are all good ways to organize your ideas and focus your energy in order to best execute what it is that you want to accomplish creatively.
4. Dive in. Don’t spend all your time warming up. Once you have a basic understanding of what you want to create, go for it. Let the creative juices flow!
5. Share it. Don’t forget that creativity is a gift that God has blessed you with, a gift that is meant to be shared for His glory. It’s not about you. It’s about who you can bless with what you have created. It won’t bless everyone. To each his own, but if you can bless even one person outside of yourself, then all your hard work will be worth it. That’s what creativity is all about.