Freud repeatedly denied that psychoanalysis could share any light of whatsoever on the mysteries of creativity. Most of the best research on creativity was done in the sixties and seventies with a quite dramatic drop-off in quantity after then largely because researchers began to feel that they had reached the limits of what science could discover about it. Creativity is not a talent it is a way of operating. Creativity is not an ability that you either have all do not have. It is unrelated to IQ, provided you’re intelligent above a certain level that is. Mckinnon showed in investigating, scientists, architects, engineers and writers is that those regarded by their peers as most creative, were in no way what so ever different in IQ from their less creative colleagues. Mckinnon showed that the most creative had simply acquired ability for getting themselves in a particular mood. A way of operating which allowed their natural creativity to function. Mckinnon described this particular the ability as ability to play.
British actor John Cleese best known for his comedic talent as one of the founding members of Monty Python. Held a talk on creativity as a part of 2009 Creativity World Forum in Germany.
“We get our ideas from what I’m going to call for a moment our unconscious — the part of our mind that goes on working, for example, when we’re asleep. So what I’m saying is that if you get into the right mood, then your mode of thinking will become much more creative. But if you’re racing around all day, ticking things off a list, looking at your watch, making phone calls and generally just keeping all the balls in the air, you are not going to have any creative ideas.” ~ John Cleese
This article will show you a ways to operate to stay creative to make things happen because even the most creative people have days where they just can’t seem to make anything happen. Maybe i’ts because of a lack of inspiration, or maybe you’re just burnt out.
Start By Being Proactive
Whenever you have a stroke of creative genius, hopefully you have some way of recording it. Whether it’s in a notebook, One note, Evernote, random piece of gum wrapper you found on the ground– whatever works. Whenever you have a spike in creativity, be sure to also record some of the external factors which led up to it. Try to take into account a few of the following factors:
- How much sleep have you had?
- What have you been eating the past 24hrs?
- What kind of music were you listening to?
- What type of smells were in the air?
- What time of day was it?
- What led up to your having the creative spike?
There are probably a lot more factors that could contribute to your level of creativity, those are just a few. Be aware of them, and write them down. Before too long, you’ll start to recognize some sort of pattern. Once you’ve discovered a pattern, try to recreate it and see what happens!
Learn From Other Creatives
There are other creative people out there who have been refining their creative process for years, even decades! So take some time to learn from those who have more experience than you.
But probably the most important advice is, whenever you have an idea make it happen. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just a rough version. You can tweak it later to your liking. It is a way to keep playing, learning and get things done. Later maybe in real project you can use your rough idea as a resource of creativity.