Cake Pops and Merry-Go-Rounds
How to Eat Up Inspiration and Keep It In
Inspiration, unfortunately, isn’t as simple as people make it out to be. As useful as it is to just ‘sit down and start making’, sometimes, it just doesn’t work. If you’re in a bit of a rut, and your inspiration tank is worryingly empty, this is the tiny wall of text for you.
There are different levels of inspiration hunting, and all of them are equally valid. The everyday consumption of stimuli such as: media, social interaction, environment, and any other visual, auditory or sensory stimulation, are constantly changing your perception of the world. Actively seeking out this everyday inspiration, and targeting it to more specific, can help. This could simply be going people-watching, reading a book, watching a movie, observing your surroundings, sitting in a café, or riding the bus. Gathering the work of creators you like can also do this. There are many simple ways like these to naturally fill up the inspiration tank.
On the other hand, there are ways to forcibly jump start inspiration. Try working on an art study, a quick sketch, or a writing prompt without the pressure of perfection. This slaps your mind into creating mode, and stops you wasting thinking time on the convincible merit of the piece. That said, in a creative burnout, forcibly making yourself work beyond your limits probably isn’t a good idea. If this is the case, it might be better to stick to natural inspiration.
With that in mind, it’s important to realise that the way you use your inspiration is integral to how long you can hold onto it. Not everyone gets inspired the same way, and not everyone stays inspired the same way. If you consume a lot of inspiring things at once, it might be worth taking a moment to let it settle. Consider how wise it is to jump straight onto the merry-go-round of creation after stuffing yourself on all that delicious inspiration. If you’re prone to creative motion sickness, it might be a better idea to only consume small amounts before going for a ride.
Remember, you can always go back to get more inspiration, so don’t worry if you aren’t flawlessly inspired before you start your creative fun. Not everyone gets inspired the same way, and not everyone stays inspired the same way.
Remember, you can always go back to get more inspiration, so don’t worry if you aren’t flawlessly inspired before you start your creative fun.