It’s all about the technique, sometimes. Creativity is not something exclusive to a specific subset of people, although some people are naturally more inclined at bringing it to life. I want to paint a picture of the techniques and routines that have allowed me to open up creatively and be more comfortable with my art.
Wake up earlier.
Being able to wake up, shower, get dressed, and head to your local cafe for a caramel macchiato and an early morning read (hopefully it’s something on Artistic Manifesto) will help make your day feel more productive. Why? Because who wants to live life feeling like all they do is wake up, work, go home, and sleep? Give yourself time to tap into something outside of the things that you “have” to do.
Find your creative comfort zone.
Whether it be at home in your bedroom, outside on the balcony, or anywhere of your choice, you need a creative comfort zone. Somewhere to zone out, block out all of the negativity that life disguises as spam email, and create. For me, this zone is my car, or my bedroom. I need very low lighting, 56 Nights, and my MacBook.
Explore different subjects of creativity.
Okay, you’re a visual artist but what if this poet or this writer has a product that may inspire you? You’ll never know until you explore the many different worlds of creativity. Introduce yourself, ask questions, and enjoy their art. Trust me, everything you learned will reflect in your own work.
Your work is a reflection of who you are and what you enjoy. It’s okay to be inspired by others, but don’t ever create something so close to theirs that it’s hard to tell the difference between the two. When I read someone’s piece, check out their artwork, or finally click their Soundcloud link, I want to hear, see, and feel their story. We can all relate to each other in some way or another.
Never revise your art.
What I mean by this is, don’t change the message of your art to better suit the wants of others. As I stated above, your art is a reflection of yourself. No one can take this from you. Stay strong, stay passionate, and never be what someone else would rather you be. You are golden.
Now that you’ve read this, plan the next time you’ll create something. You don’t have to complete the creative process, but to actually begin it will more than likely be motivational enough to help you keep going until it’s 100% perfect. Ready? Pick that time. Write it down. Set an appointment on Google Calendar. Treat it like it’s important. It is.
If this article worked for you or if you have any questions or tips for me, make sure to holla at me! I’d love to see what you created after checking this out.
Carmelo “Mellzy” Sanchez is born again, and has dedicated his life to raising the bar one wave at a time. Stay jiggy. Ask him about his younger creative self, and you might hear some stories you’ll never forget.