Imagine if your muse was an erratic fly that is buzzing around the room that is your mind. Having a closed mind is like having only narrow strip of fly paper hung in a corner somewhere in which to catch it. On the other hand, having an open mind is like having a spider spin a web across the room of your mind, virtually guaranteeing that you will nab those ideas and inspirations that come buzzing through. Keeping an open mind allows you to see all the possibilities. Allowing your mind to wander while at the same time paying attention to where it goes can help you find new creative avenues to explore. Things like changing your surroundings, people watching, moving beyond the safe zone, being curious, and asking yourself why are all new strands that you can put up to build a better muse web. In this section we will look at ways that having an open mind can help make it easier to ensnare those hard to catch moments of inspiration.
Allowing your thoughts to be formless like water filling a cup can help you find your muse. Strive to see all sides of the argument and allow yourself to pursue those tangents that you though led to nowhere. Flexible thinking exercises like free writing can help you unlock your writers block and become a better writer.
Trends are important cultural indicators that can be a great source of creative inspiration. Looking at past and current trends and thinking about the next big trend can help give ideas and keep you one creative step ahead of everyone else.
When it comes to being a creative, questioning everything that you are doing and why you are doing it can help lead you down the path of self discovery and dig up inspirational ideas that help you answer why you do the things that you do.
By noticing the little changes that are happening and thinking about the difference they might make, you open up the door for future creative ideas. Noticing subtle shifts in trends or technology can open up new creative pathways to lead you to further opportunity.
In order to keep your good ideas from become stagnant thoughts, it is sometimes necessary to change up the scenery. While it is great to have a place to get work done, going out and exploring new settings can help keep your ideas fresh and interesting.
The expressions of people’s faces can be very inspirational. We are all hardwired to communicate your thoughts through our face (especially our eyes) and watching people facial reactions can be a great way to find ideas and inspirations.
Learning new things and exploring other interests will not only make you well rounded, they can also provide you with new ideas and inspiration. Taking on new challenges, learning new subjects can stimulate your creative mind and new disciplines can help you tackle a problem from a different perspective.
We all go through changes. Whether they are slow and subtle like the recession of a hairline, or drastic and life altering, like a sudden mishap, accepting change and even embracing it can help keep us open to new ideas and inspirations that always seem to come along with change.
It is nice to be comfortable, but being too comfortable can end up leading to creative stagnation. Invite a bit of danger in and put yourself outside your comfort zone. Let the feeling and experiences of not knowing help you find new creative ideas.
In order to find your muse, you might need to tap into your cat like curiosity. By exploring things a bit further and looking for the answers to questions that popup, you might find yourself taking new creative paths and discovering new ideas.
Despite all the photograph evidence, things were never really in black and white. Ideas and Inspirations come in a full spectrum of colors and in order to find them, you need to look past the two sided viewpoint of black and white. Dismiss the “I am right and you are wrong” point of view and find your muse in the midst of you.
Next time you are looking for your muse, but find your head full of too many inspirational possibilities, use the tools of creative thinking to conceptualize, apply, analyze, and evaluate all of your choices to arrive at the best possible conclusion.
Finding out the why of things is a sure path to your muse. Since time immemorial, people have been asking the purpose or the reason behind things. By questing for the answer, they have found new ideas and creative inspiration waiting for them.
Seeing things for a different point of view can lead to giant leaps in creativity. Allowing yourself to be the other, and to see the world through a different pair of eyes can inspire you to be a better writer capable of works that are more compelling to the reader.
While outside the box thinking might be everywhere, most people have no idea what it really means to cast off uniformity and convention. By allowing yourself to see past the illusion of creative confinement, you open your mind to new ideas and inspirations that lay beyond the borders.
In order to pull your muse from that pile of creative rocks, allow yourself to envision what those rocks could become. By envisioning what they could be, you allow yourself to take your creative raw materials and turn them into a monument to your muse.
Chasing new ideas has gotten human society from pondering the heavens to exploring them and is necessary for creative exploration. New ideas can dislodge the bad ideas that are wedged in the maw of your mind and help you find the true path to your muse.