You can’t find any inspiration? Nothing comes to your mind and you do not get the creative juices flowing anymore? Every writer gets to know this situation sooner or later. Novum publishing offers you some exercises of how to focus and to boost your creativity.
Spontaneous ideas are the best ones.
This argument is not only true for the daily routine but also for creative processes. But creative ideas are like the sun in early spring, they often take a long time to appear. Quite often it is necessary to show great patience while looking for limitless creative originality – the one and only inspiration.
It is not surprising that quite a few people, who occasionally feel uninspired, wonder if they are talented and creative enough to make it as an artist. They may think that maybe they are not the genius they felt like … Maybe their talent only exists in their imagination and they missed their vocation?
If you want to be sure about your talent, you could make a creativity self-test and you should know the many different theories prevailing within the field of creativity research.
In general, what is creativity and which buttons have to be pressed in order to boost it?
The science magazine SPEKTRUM deals comprehensively with the definition of the concept of creativity. Psychologists dissect the term, look for its essence in the fields of memory, brain, society, and culture and do not even exclude thoughts about the chaos theory. There is only a consensus regarding the topic “personality”. So it is widely accepted in all disciplines that creative minds from Aichner to Zweig do have specific personality traits. The Huffington Post also lists typical characteristic traits of art and culture professionals in an article on the topic.
Novum publishing has prepared a checklist for ingenious genotypes and talented phenotypes, just to be on the safe side.
Thoughtful, contemplative, lost and having their heads in the clouds – creative people should be incurable daydreamers. Building castles in the air is not a waste of time. Thought experiments and imagination get neuronal processes going which create new structures in the brain and foster creativity.
“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” Friedrich Nietzsche already knew about the significance of chaos, and current research indicates as well that chaos has a creative potential. This is why some authors prefer working at night or completely lose track of time and space because they are so much in a productive flow.
Creative people are passive observers. In his bestseller “Last Night in Twisted River”, John Irving describes the exceptional power of observation that many authors discover very early in their lives. Writers understand the world and life itself as an inspiration for their work and do not get tired of absorbing all kinds of influences, ranging from miraculous events to world-weariness.
Falling, standing up, sharpening the pencil – creative people are often characterized by having managed a formative life crisis and they became stronger by overcoming it. Recent research considers pain and crisis a catalyst for great art. Scientists assume that persons marked by life react more sensitively, spiritually and self-aware to their environment.
Who, how, what, why? Many questions – many answers. Those who are bubbling over with ideas always look for news, sources of inspiration and experiences. Their insatiable hunger for knowledge, art and culture sets their imagination and emotions free and triggers sophisticated creativity.
To live with passion! Creative people usually follow their passions free from constraints from the outside. In contrast to the so-called extrinsic motivation where people are driven by external rewards such as money, fame, grades, and praise, artists are driven by their intrinsic motivation. The inspiration for acting on intrinsic motivation can be found in the action itself and is driven by internal rewards, the own internal satisfaction or fulfillment.
The art community is a solitary one. It is solitude that forces the artists to confront themselves with their own personality, the world and the existential questions of life. This explains why many artists live a lonely life and spend long hours in solitude.
Many talented people practice self-criticism on a grand scale. Quite often, they suffer from perfectionism and pedantry and stand in their own way by paying too much attention to every little detail. The trial and error principle is decisive for the creative process. So it is not a coincidence that some of today’s greatest masterpieces are the result of laborious circles of creating, questioning, discarding and beginning from the start.
Those who have found some of these typical characteristics in themselves can still hope for the long-desired aha experience. And if you are still missing the great idea you are looking for at the end of the day: do not give up! There is a theory assuming that the best creative inspiration comes to us while sleeping and snoozing. If you are in a really relaxed state, this allows creativity to flow.
We from novum publishing have added – above all for the skeptical readers – a mandala you can print and color. According to psychoanalyst C.G. Jung, you go to a state of pure deep relaxation while coloring the circle patterns, and this helps you to arrange the inner chaos in order to reach a higher state of consciousness – where some creative ideas might be waiting for you.
You will find more tips and tricks for creativity in our next article.
We wish you creative inspiration!