If you've been following my Inspiration series, I've covered ideas of how to organize, capture, and look for inspiration. But, now I want to talk about gathering yourself and taking initiative to push forward in the hardest of times. Whether your creativity is expressed in your field of work, or in your spare time, there are still those occasions that inspiration finds you at an inconvenience, or when you're just feeling beat at the end of a long day.
As creatives, it's important to capture inspiration any time it presents itself. But not just capture it, work on it. It's easy to jot down ideas for later use, but not always easy to pick up on those ideas at another time when that original moment of inspiration is lost. But, sometimes you're just not feeling up to it, and most often because you're not in your creative space. So, why not try to make any place your creative space? Take advantage of every moment you can.
I recently had a conversation about inspiration and creativity with my partner, Karen More, a designer in fiber arts, who said, "I always carried a notebook - for those times waiting in line, sitting at the doctor's office, lunchtime...whenever there was a break. An obstacle for me has always been having a space - having my tools and supplies set up in an environment that lends to creativity. I started carrying simple projects in what I called 'project bags' that I could easily pick up and were good for a few rows at any time."
We all know how hard it can be to get up the initiative to do something. We want to be productive and use our time to the fullest, but it doesn't always turn out that way. Think of the treadmill that was sworn to get used if it was set it up in front of the TV, only to find it eventually becomes an eyesore, or a coatrack.
But anything can become habit if you work at it. Even after a long day when all you want to do is unwind on the couch, you can still keep some tools, whatever they may be for you, within easy reach. Work at putting yourself in that creative space wherever you are. Try to work out ideas as they come, and try to do it every day. Even the smallest bit can be rewarding later.
You don't necessarily need to get off your couch to work on your inspired ideas. As Karen continues, "I always had a project bag next to me in the living room when the TV went on, and now I almost can't sit and watch TV and need to have a project also." I, myself, dabble in several creative areas, music being the most notable. I always have a musical instrument around for when inspiration strikes, and many times I've been so glad I did. So, take what you need, and keep it in easy reach. Don't let another inspired moment slip by.
Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in both home infusion and a hospital ER, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. Read his articles