Monotony of the mind.
There are too many ways to even count on finding your creativity. Here are my tips and tricks to get inspired to create, no matter the subject matter.
Go to Starbucks and get yourself a coffee. Find a store to browse through (my preferred is Walmart and Fred Meyer) look at the newest line of table cloths or the trending plates and bowls. Meander the whole store looking at packaging and designs. Often, the best ideas come from a mind in motion.
Pour yourself a very large healthy glass of alcohol (my preferred is 12 year single malt Scotch). Get a little toasty. Look through a dictionary, set of encyclopedias, or if you don’t have that, then magazines. You want something you can hold in your hand. I have often found some of my absolute best ideas came from the definition of a word in the dictionary.
Google Images. I cannot even tell you how many times I peruse images, often I find something I didn’t even know I was looking for.
Conversation is key. When I am in need of some inspiration I talk my ideas through or bounce off creative concepts with someone else. Usually it’s with my sister or my mother but really anyone will do. Getting out of your own mind can be both a welcome relief and huge source of inspiration.
Watch a movie. Sometimes when I am trying to capture a concept or genre I will put a movie on that reflects or exemplifies the subject matter I am working with. Sometimes I will even pause the movie to look at the background or perhaps there was a pose that I want to incorporate.
The best and most effective way for me to create is talking and communicating with other people. I love hearing a new thought or perspective because all too easily we can get trapped in the sameness of our own minds.