5 ways to inspire new ideas

Thursday, 19 January 2017

There have been many, many times where I've drawn a blank trying to think of new ideas; my mind becomes a lonely plain canvas, no paint, nothing... To put it in a way that doesn't scream 'art bollocks', do you ever just feel like you need a little pick-me-up in terms of inspiration?

Ideas come and go, some of them stay and get put to the test... Others get lost in the abyss that is my rubbish memory. Thankfully, this post was not one of them. When ideas do spring to mind, it's usually because of the following list below. These five little things honestly inspire me all the time - it's how the creative side of my mind gets to work.

Here are the five ways I somehow come up with new ideas, and whether I like them or not, these ways really do work:

1. Create a space you can call your own:

Having somewhere you can seclude yourself and pour all your thoughts into something is important. When I was at university, my bedroom was my work station/sanctuary. Painting it the lightest shade of pastel pink really worked because such dainty tones calm me down.

The hallway outside my room is a kind of haven, too. Painted a light ‘Scandi’ grey, it holds my vintage typewriter, record player and inspiring artwork... Yeah, that whole sentence sounded pretentious AF but if 'showy' things are inspiring so be it.

2. Listen to music:

I was listening to Fleetwood Mac when this post’s idea sprung to mind. The lyrics didn't have anything to do with this post, but they helped all the same. I owe music a lot, and although my knowledge of it isn’t the best, I am still motivated by it almost every day.

Although I am one of those people who can’t have music playing whatsoever when writing anything, it does inspire me to think of ideas. It inspires me to pick out certain items or locations for photo shoots; it makes me want to draw or learn something new. Basically, I’m one of those stupid daydreamer types who stares out of windows blissfully with their earphones in.

3. Read everything and then read some more:

Journalism students are meant to read everything, every single day. That’s something that will stick with me for ever. Newspapers, magazines, books, that person's iPad next to you on the train… I still stand by this, as this is where a lot of my ideas come from (not the iPad, although everyone loves snooping, don't lie).

4. Walk somewhere:

Strolls are good. Brisk walks because you’re late are not so good... But, generally, walks are a great way to get inspired. If your best ideas come when you're outside, store the idea on your phone for later – or if you have time and like to be one with nature (when it isn’t -7 outside), bring a notebook and sit somewhere.

5. Have a cup of tea:

Or a treble vodka, I don't know. It's so cliche but tea is one of my favourite motivational bursts, it just helps me concentrate and puts things into motion.

What inspires you? x

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