How To Be Creative When You Don't Know What to Create
I never thought of myself as a creative person. I always thought of myself as more logical. I was never particularly good at art, nor skilled in any instrument, I was an average writer and I certainly never made anything for someone that would be good enough to sell or even gift. But what I have realised recently is that I am a creative. I do love creating things, so what was it that held me back for so long and made me think that I wasn’t? Maybe it was down to the fact that I didn’t have this clear cut creative outlet that I though you were supposed to have. Any way, here is how to be creative when you don’t know what to create.
There Will Be Something
I think first off, there usually is something hiding within your life that you have been creating and that you didn’t realise. You don’t need to have a completed canvas or a piano performance coming up to be considered creative.
It can literally be anything. Mine was anything to do with computers. I never really realised that it was something I enjoyed until I launched this website. When I was younger I would always go above and beyond to try and make my social media pages look pretty. If you remember Piczo, I would spend hours on there creating these elaborate web pages.
I also realised that any time I went away for the weekend or on vacation I would take tonnes of photos and videos, I would then mash the videos together and create a sort of vlog. I wouldn’t share them as they were just for my personal use. But I still loved doing it but didn’t really think of it as being creative for a long while.
I would just to love to get on the computer and could spend all the time in the world crafting digital ‘art’.
I can’t play an instrument, I can’t draw but I can use technology to create things I love.
You have to think outside of the box. Maybe you love doing makeup or even cooking? Whatever it is that you do in life that creates an outcome, is creative. You just have to recognise it.
Once you recognise what it is you are creating then you can look at how you can further build on this and turn it into a passion.
Create Something For You
Often when we think of creating something, we think about how others will view it, or we are actually making something for someone else.
Get out of this mindset. Stop thinking that creation is for others, because it’s not, it’s for you.
If you have the urge to create something that you think others will find strange or useless, do it anyway. Being creative is so therapeutic if you allow it to be. If you are constantly trying to please other people by what you make then you are not going to get any joy from it.
If you continue like this, your inspiration will dry up because you are not being true to yourself. So stop putting limits on what it is you should be creating and instead, no matter how silly, absurd or unusual just create.
So what if you really don’t have anything creative to get stuck into? Often, we wait for something to spring to mind, but hate to say it, this is very rarely the case. You have to get out there and find what it is you are meant to be doing, it won’t find you.
Book in for guitar lessons, take a pottery taster session or drag your friend to a dance class. This is the perfect opportunity to have some fun and try loads of different things. You don’t have to like each one, even if you are not sure, go anyway, you never know what will come out of it.
I wrote a post on how to find your passion when you don’t know what to do. Find it here. It delves a bit deeper into how to realise what it is you should be doing with your life when you are lacking clarity.
But you will never know what you enjoy creating until you actually try it. So just give everything a go, even if it doesn’t sound like something you would love, you might surprise yourself.
Stop Consuming So Much
I think a huge part of the struggle to create is all about how much we consume. If you are constantly on social media, scrolling through instagram, then heading home and watching YouTube or Netflix. Then reading a book in bed before you go to sleep then you could be holding back your creative juices.
We are in the era of mass consumption and yes this generally relates to material objects but I think it is also the same with the information that we consume whether for entertainment or knowledge.
Now this is all good and well if this is bringing a lot to the table and inspiring you to take action, but if after listening to all of these podcasts or reading all of these blogs you still aren’t taking action then now is a good time to take a break.
You need to be able to take action on what it is you are learning and if you are constantly looking for the next piece of information to soak in or the next episode of entertainment to pass the time then you are going to stop really getting the value out of it.
So every day replace at least an hour’s worth of consumption with creation. If you can’t help but listen to a podcast on the morning commute, take notes and throughout the day action some of them. You need to be proactive in the actions that you take and let this information help you instead of just passing the time.
Art Has No Definition
Everything is art and anything is art. It doesn’t have to conform, it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else and it doesn’t have to be perfect.
We all perceive art in many different ways. Like I think that make-up is an art form whereas many others would not think the same way and wouldn’t appreciate it as I do.
So in short, you just have to stop trying think that what you are creating has to fit in with the masses. If you love knitting covers to go over vases, some people may not consider this art but if you have designed it and created it then why not?
Stop thinking that what you are making is not cereative just because it doesn’t fall under the category of art for every other person on the planet. Again, this follows on from creating art for yourself and not for others.
Art does not have a specific definition so create and try everything.
What are you going to try to create this month? Let me know below, even if you are just going to be a bit more experimental with your cooking, or take a dance class.