This is a continuation of my previous post titled 100 Ways To Find Creative Inspiration (Part 1).
50. Watch a film in a foreign language.
51. Feast your eyes on Artsy and let it inspire you.
52. Collaborate with a fellow creative or friend.
53. Use a mind map to visually plot your problem and the possible solutions.
54. Start maintaing a dream diary.
55. Educate yourself on a new line of creativity. If you are a writer, learn more about design. If you are a photographer, explore the world of architecture. Inspiration and learning go hand in hand.
56. Create a new word and use it unabashedly.
57. Solve a jigsaw puzzle with one hundred pieces or more.
58. Eat breakfast for dinner.
59. Try your hand at a game of word association. To spark new ideas, play it with other people – family, friends, strangers on the subway.
60. Fresh juice.
61. Write with your weaker hand. If you are ambidextrous, move on to the next one.
62. Develop a creative ritual. At present, mine involves a cup of green tea, Kygo on my headphones and tying my hair up. I simply cannot write with my hair left down. Weird, I know.
63. Go offline for 24 hours.
64. Think about combining things to create something new – words, pictures, thoughts, ideas, eras, painting styles, schools of design, anything and everything.
65. Turn to toys. I love messing around with Leggo and Play-Doh.
66. Watch a TED talk.
68. Read a poem or two out loud.
69. Break your creative problem down into its most basic components. What is the real issue here? More often than not, it is not what you think it is.
70. Candle magic. Hey, I’ve heard it works! Apparently, orange candles are great for boosting creativity.
71. Get on the floor. 100 crunches. Now.
72. Document your process of finding creative inspiration in a video.
74. Take yourself out for a long drive.
75. Write everything down. No matter how stupid, inconsequential or farfetched it may seem, put pen to paper. Only begin the process of elimination once you have more than 100 options.
76. Practise deep breathing.
77. Write postcards to your friends across the world. I said postcards, not Facebook messages!
79. Crack open a fortune cookie and write a story about a character who meets with the fortune in question.
80. Rejuvenate your workspace. This summer, I plan to add a bunch of potted plants to mine.
81. Write your personal mission statement. What is your raison d’être? What makes you tick? Why are you here?
82. Dress up like someone else. Wear a fake moustache if you must.
83. Reach out to your role models, even if the chances of them responding are remote. Today, this is easier to do than it has ever been.
84. Browse through that dusty stack of old magazines in the corner of your bedroom.
85. How many different ways can you say “hello”? After trying this one night, I wrote an entire brand narrative in five minutes. I had been trying to write it the whole day.
86. Learn a new language.
87. Treat yourself to a cheese board.
88. Play a game of scrabble.
89. Pick your favourite consumer brand. If you had the power and the necessary design skill, how would you redesign its logo?
90. Bake a loaf of banana cake. Delish!
91. Paint with your hands.
92. Read about a famous historical epoch.
93. Burn incense sticks.
94. Visit a store that sells craft supplies and loose yourself in the wonderland.
95. How many words can you make from the letters in the world’s longest word?
96. Visit a local flea market – they are always a riot of colours, products and people.
97. Stay receptive and open to receiving inspiration. How do you expect to be inspired if you are mentally closed off to it?
98. Read some Kurt Vonnegut.
99. Talk to strangers.
100. Have a glass of wine. You need it.