Wednesday, February 20, 2013

INSPIRED! 10 tips to entice the elusive muse.

A few of my tried and true methods...

1.       Purge! Clean out and organize. Nothing like it to get the chi flowing!

2.       Free association writing. Don’t think, just write. Write down anything and everything that immediately comes to mind. Be honest and don’t worry about anyone else reading it. Just get it out. It’s amazing what you’ll discover about yourself!

3.       Maintain balance in your life by nurturing yourself on all levels (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual). Focusing too much on one area will pulverize your muse. So go for a walk, do a crossword puzzle, hug yourself and believe in something!

4.       Avoidance and procrastination kill inspiration. If you’ve got something nagging at you, JUST DO IT! Nothing induces a sense of accomplishment like tackling those pesky tasks head on.

5.       Don’t let your inner perfectionist thwart you! It’s art. If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong. (Very important, and often overlooked)

6.       Between books, magazines, music, movies and the internet there should be no shortage of inspiration. Visit the bookstore/library, take in a show, Google your favorite themes/genres etc.

7.       A lack of inspiration can often be attributed to stagnation, so get moving! Do something/anything different (easier said than done, I know) but do it anyway. Gallivant down the street. Put on a fake mustache and go to the grocery store (this is especially effective for us chicas). Guys, put a bow in your hair! ;D Anything to break the monotony...If nothing else, it’s good for a laugh and gives you stories to tell.

8.       Wait it out. (I know, I know, it’s the genius answer you’ve been waiting for) The ocean of creativity ebbs and flows just like everything else in life. In the timeless and often referenced words of Beavis: “You have to have stuff that sucks to have stuff that’s cool”.

9.       Create in any way you can. If the usual mediums aren’t sparking an inspirational fire, try something new! Rearrange your furniture & bric-à-brac, make a fancy meal, work in your garden, make something cool to hang in your car, fashion a new outfit, paint your nails (especially effective for the dudes), start a scrapbook or art journal, write a short story or poem.

10.   Dare to experiment! Be unconventional. Make messes.

Hopefully this sparks your imagination! What do you do to get inspired? I’d love to hear your ideas, suggestions or experiences, please share in the comments section below!

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