How to Find Creative Inspiration
Now, creativity can be hard to come by. I know that. Yet Oh, Hello demands fresh, creative ideas on a daily basis that Alex and I have to deliver or risk eating only ramen next week. So we've gotten quite skilled at keeping the creative inspiration flowing even when the well's run dry. Here's a few ways that you can find creative inspiration too.
- Stop looking for it. I know that seems a bit counterproductive, but the best ideas come when you stop trying to come up with the best ideas. Go for a walk, go to a movie. Call your best friend studying to be a doctor in West Virginia (just me?). Do something completely not related to what you're trying to get inspired about. You never know when the best idea will hit you.
- Look for it. So if not looking for it isn't working or you just don't have the time to go to a movie when there's a creative deadline looming, try to look for it. Search on pinterest, look around Bloglovin'. Dance around the internet looking at things related and unrelated until the pieces fall into place. Struggling for blog post inspiration? Read some blogs? Can't figure out how to decorate a space for your client, look at similar spaces on Pinterest. Obviously never steal any ideas outright and definitely credit back to their sources if you can find them, but why reinvent the wheel when you can get some tips from someone else in the process.
- Take advantage of it when you have it. Having a seriously creative blog post brainstorm session? Keep pushing it until there's nothing left in the tank. Whenever I feel some blog post planning motivation coming I write down anything and everything that pops out. That way when I'm desperate for a new idea the hard work has already been done.
- Look for brainstorm buddies. Alex and I are quite different, but that makes us great brainstorm partners. We both approach problems at two completely different angles and when combined together, a solution can most definitely be found. Find someone to throw ideas at and you never know what they might come back with.
- Take inspiration from the unexpected. Feeling like everything has already been done? Try to incorporate things that aren't usually expected. Take sticker designs for example. Maybe get inspired by the quilt your grandma made you or what's outside your window. It's so easy to get wrapped up in what other people in your field are doing, so look somewhere else and you're sure to find something new and different.
Inspiration is difficult and not having any is the worst. Try these few tricks to get a jump on finding some more creativity in the oddest ways.