When you write, read, or do something productive and/or creative, how do you go about doing it? Do you curl up on the couch? Do you go to your own perfectly organized office? Maybe you simply stay in bed, or go for a walk to get inspiration for when you write the next great novel or series of articles. For some people, finding their creative place is just as easy as “1, 2, 3,” while for others, it can be a bit more complicated.
A creative place isn’t actually a place per say. Though it does include finding an environment than can suit your personal needs, the idea of a creative place is just that-an idea. Certain things can trigger an individual to fall into, and to continue to reside in this productive state of mind, anything from places, to noises, to even other people and animals. What is your creative place and how do you find it?
I find that a great environment helps to get me into my creative place when I write. Yes, I love to write (otherwise I wouldn’t have joined AC), and though lately I’ve been fond of creating articles, my real love is writing novels. They are normally novels that are in turn, the result of the other love of my life: animals. So, it isn’t a surprise to me that I enjoy sitting outside to create a story. My stories involve spinning together a combination of realism and fantasy from the eyes of animals, so Mother Nature itself is my creative environment, where the animals truly are. I sit by a creek, out in a field, watching my rabbits and cats play, and occasionally I’ll get a glimpse of the nearby wildlife, including: ducks, geese, muskrats, eagle, deer, etc. If I’m inside, I will sit by the window and turn on some nature sounds.
But of course, this is what sparks me. The whole point of this article is to find out what sparks you. What is your love? If you’re a people-person, maybe you like creating around other people. Perhaps even having a group engaged together in a creative process of brainstorming is a good idea if you like working with others. If you like peace and quiet, try staying in a room, maybe by a calming fire, or try going outside. It all depends on what you like to do, and where you like to do it. Try out a few places and experiment, until you finally come up with the best environment for yourself.
Sometimes finding your creative place involves inspiration. This can be a real spirit lifter, and to find inspiration, all you have to do is look around. Go outside, take a stroll down the street or a walk out in the park. Chances are you’ll find it. If you want to take an “easier route” you can simply look online. I can’t say how many times I’ve looked up information on my favorite authors (authors of anthropomorphic novels like David Clement-Davies) and thought to myself, It will happen to me one day, too, and simply that is enough to get me in the mood to write. Do you know someone like that personally? Maybe there is a friend or someone in the family who will give you advice, or as mentioned, just plain inspiration.
If you want to find something to really spark your creative side, try listening to music. Studies have shown that listening to music stimulates creativity by transmitting neurons in the brain, thus bringing the brain to more advanced stages of thinking. There is even a practice called “music therapy” which is used to help-among a number of different people and problems-children who have disabilities when it comes to reading and writing. If music doesn’t work, try nature and relaxing sounds. If that doesn’t work, maybe silence is your thing.
Look around, try different things, talk to people and find out what helps them best in this chaotic world to calm down and write that novel, or sculpt that masterpiece, or paint the next “Mona Lisa.” Eventually you’ll find the right creative place for yourself as well.