All people need inspiration. This is even more necessary for people who work in creative fields. The creative process is a can be frustrating, enjoyable, messy and unique. We’re sometimes just jaded and want to throw in the towel. That’s precisely when we need all the inspiration we can get to keep you from stifling creativity.
As writers, we know, that it’s important to sit down to write even on days when we not inspired. However, by surrounding ourselves with the right resources and people, we can be inspired.
Sometimes , merely reading other people’s insights on creativity can be an integral part of staying inspired. To this end, I’m sharing these quotes.
5 Quotes To Keep You From Stifling Creativity
“Clean out a corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.” – Dee Hock
Sometimes our minds our too full – with routine stuff. It’s a busy, busy world we live in. But if we are in the creative business, we have carve out time for quiet and stillness. This means prioritizing and choosing to let go of certain things. I firmly believe that we can’t have it all. Make space for creativity.
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook
While we do have to turn out ‘finished’ products, it’s important that experiment with new ideas, be open to trying new things and never forgetting to have fun.
“It’s no good being too easily swayed by people’s opinions. You have to believe in yourself.” – Donatella Versace
There are literally thousands of gurus out there telling the what-tos and how-tos. While being open to learning, we must also be prepared to follow our hearts. Make time to find your unique voice and don’t be afraid to use it.
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh
We need to keep plugging away at our craft in order to go on to achieve more. Small steps. Preparing the previous evening for a morning of writing, for example. Writing regularly.
“To me there’s no creativity without boundaries. If you’re gonna write a sonnet, it’s 14 lines, so it’s solving the problem within the container.” – Lorne Michaels
While this one may seem contrary to the earlier quote by Mary Lou Cooke, there are times when we need to stick to the tried and tested forms to create.
What inspires you to create?