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Learn how to be creative
In this last article of the 6 part” Unleash Your Creativity” series, which I have posted in recent weeks with Claire from Heart Handmade UK. Today I am concerned with learning to be creative.
There is, in this respect different theories; some believe that you cannot learn to be creative but others disagree. I belong to the latter category, because from my own experience I can say that my creativity increases, the more I use them and challenge them.
We have written in the past few weeks a lot about creativity , but so far avoided a precise definition, since almost everyone already has an idea of what creativity and includes .
According to Duden, Creativity is a “creative force”, which is characterized by ingenuity, imagination and ingenuity (source).
Some go so far as to compare creativity with a muscle: the more you use it , the stronger it becomes.
“You can not use up creativity. The more you use , the more you have.”
What can you do to learn creativity?
- Training is essential. The more you practice, the more you gain experience and skills that can be incorporated in later works. The training may refer to techniques, but also on learning, to stay in the “here and now” and to fully concentrate on the creative process.
- The pressure to take out! In the article on creativity and perfectionism I have already approached me to the topic.
- Drop all of your expectations. Often, you will have the perfect picture of the desired result before beginning work. As you work, you might notice that it does not work out the way you had thought. This can often discourage you and you might give up entirely. When you lose your expectations, the end result will be great no matter what!
- A relaxed work atmosphere helps to let the creativity flow . This can mean surrounding myself beautiful things or banishing all clocks from my creative space.
- Claire has already written about brainstorming which is a great tool to sort your thoughts and connect them to each other. Like this, new ideas can be generated. Another method that can help in learning and conveying one’s own creativity, for example, Role-playing games . This one takes a different positions and to a work or an idea from these items out. Thus, different perspectives are taken and broken challenge thought structures. A well-known role-playing technique is the Walt Disney method.
- Trying out new things helps to expand your horizon, leaving the path you always walk on and to get out of your comfort zone. Ask yourself, why you are doing things in certain way, so you become aware of the unconscious processes. This is the first step to establish new habits and to break out of existing patterns and repetitive thoughts.
This is the final part of the “Unleash Your Creativity” series. Claire and I would like to thank you for your interest and feedback, it gave us a lot of pleasure to hear your thoughts on the various topics. We wish you all the best and many creative hours!
Read previous articles in this series.
Part 5 – how to maximise your creative output
Part 4 – Find your own style and love it!
Part 3 – Unleash your creative potential and develop creative ideas.
Part 2 – perfectionism and creativity – The Pros & Cons and how to handle it.
Part 1 – Ten ways to boost creativity.