In odd-numbered years (eg, 2009) I travel more and concentrate on personal projects and initiatives, while in even-numbered years (eg, 2008), I try to do more work and make more of a profit. In 2005 I spent 5 weeks with a round-the-world ticket, while in 2007 I went to China, Tibet and Nepal for 3 weeks.
After both trips, I returned to my desk filled with thoughts and initiative to create.
I left the question fairly open ended and asked, As expected, I was presented with an array of strategies, ranging from listening to Boards of Canada in a forest alone, to cooking up a storm (recipe provided) and waiting for the mind to clear.
What follows are 25 strategies from these creatives to spark your inspiration; hopefully you’ll find something helpful in there.
This happens just about every time I sit down to do anything.
I’ll probably go play the guitar between this paragraph and the next. Often referred to as “writer’s block”, the concept of an inspiration rut is unfortunately very familiar to every creative in any field. Given this, we all develop strategies to combat such a scenario.
Whenever I feel like i’m in some sort of “rut” it’s usually just being distracted or worried about something that’s not relevant to the piece I’m working on..
or just not being able to sit still and concentrate for a long period of time.
I try to alternate the tenor of my years, like crop rotations.
Chop finely three varieties of fresh chilli (Birds Eye, Scotch Bonnet & Green/Red). After eight minutes turn the heat off the rice, leave for four minutes (with the lid on). – Large glass of Red wine (preferably Australian or New Zealand). – Enjoy a second glass of wine to savour the moment. BUT, the one thing that kept me focused was my desire to be good. I wanted to be as good as those people that WERE talented.
Add the chilli’s to the pan, stir together and cook for eight minutes. – Now the important problem solving part– Take the plates & pans to the sink. Add a smidgeon of washing up liquid (preferably for sensitive skin). When I’m looking for inspiration to get the creative gears turning, I find it from a combination of sources; experimental music, mid century design/cinema, nature/wildlife, etc. I used to think I would eventually, if I worked hard enough, master art like a math equation and then I could relax and just make great stuff and let everything else follow.
Not all are foolproof, but it’s safe to say that most creative people have some battle plan for dealing with the dreaded “blank page”.
Knowing this I decided to ask some of today’s most exciting artists and creators what they do when the ideas aren’t flowing.