1. Get an Outside Opinion
2. Listen to Alpha Wave Binaural Beats
If you aren’t already familiar, binaural beats are sounds that were created to match and induce your 4 common brain wave frequencies. In particular, alpha binaural beats induce a heightened level of creativity and relaxation. Which makes listening to alpha wave binaural sounds another remedy for your lack-o-creativity. Take a moment to reflect about the countless times a brilliant idea seemed drop from the sky into your head while you were in the shower or driving down the street. At those very moments you brain was in “alpha state.”
3. Let it Flow
As a creative, you go through the cycles when your creative juices are overflowing and times when you’re in a dry spell. An unorthodox remedy for the shortage of creativity can come from plain ol’ patience. You may have the tendency to press and force ideas past your creative block, but each push seems to be met with just as much resistance. So, be patient and let it flow. Just know that your next surge of creativity will find its way back into your mind.
4. Find What Works for You and Stick with It
As I mentioned in the previous tip, you have to trust that your creativity will find its way back into your mind. With that being said, if you already have a creative process that has led you to creative gold, then don’t change it just because a new idea doesn’t show up as soon as you would like. The old adage of, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” rings true. If you haven’t tailored creative process yet, then take the time to experiment, by subtracting and adding steps that help channel your best work.
5. Study the Greats
There is a reason why there are people who are simply great or extraordinary at their profession. Research the artists and musicians who inspire you, like Michael Jackson or Kaws. This strategy can be added to your process regardless if it’s painting, graphic design, photography, etc. I’m a graphic artist and I applied this strategy to my process. My way of studying the great ones has been a combination of watching interviews and documentaries. These two mediums have provided me with invaluable insight into the nuances and intricacies of these people.
How do you get your creative juices flowing? Do you have a special place? A routine? A person? Go-to music or authors? We’d love to hear from you!
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Reggie Trimiew is a graphic artist from Richmond. He graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 2011, and is currently the creative director for the nonprofit organization, Cnote Style. He volunteers each week in VisArts’ Marketing and Public Relations Department.