These 5 Tips Will Set Your Creative Spark On Fire
What happens when you run out of creative ideas? And where did they come from to begin with? Can
you open a secret door to find a creativity engine, prime it with a few pumps and then use that energy to fuel any endeavor – from a masterwork in music to a novel approach to solving one of life’s
biggest problems? The answer is yes, yes, and yes.
To set your creative spark on fire, you first need to realize where all creativity
comes from. It is Infinite. The only thing that limits creativity is you. All ideas come from the Infinite Intelligence of the Universe. When we find ways to crack open the secret storehouse of
Infinite treasure that comes in the form of a novel new approach or a profoundly different way of seeing things, we can then do things that the world (and we) see as pure “genius.”
These ideas were always there. We don’t even “create” them, per se, but instead, open our minds to access the potentiality of all creation. Since it’s a mammoth task to unlock Infinite Potential, we can break
it down into smaller, actionable items that will ensure a steady flow of creative breakthroughs.
1. Read Something New
“Originality often consists in linking up ideas
whose connection was not previously suspected,” wrote
W. I. B. Beveridge in the wonderful 1957 tome The Art of Scientific
Investigation. Creative ideas aren’t usually plucked from thin air, though it can seem as if they arrive in your mind by some spontaneous coincidence. Creativity arises
when we put together facts and known constants, but rearrange them in a different way. Even breakthrough ideas often come when a scientist or inventor cross-breeds their current ideologies with
information from other fields or artistic endeavors. As Paul Rand, graphic designer once said, ““The role of the imagination is to create new meanings and to
discover connections that, even if obvious, seem to escape detection.”
2. Identify Your Own Peculiar Talent, and Then Work With that Oddity
The comedian Jim Carrey learned at a young age that he could make people laugh by
doing strange things with his body, even though he grew up poverty-stricken and depressed. Though
he might have chosen any number of fields to express his genius – science, visual art, mathematics, etc. – he found his own peculiar gift and explored it until he could explore it no
This is how you ensure creative ideas keep coming your way. If you were born with a
specific talent, no matter how unusual, use it to your advantage. Denise Shekerjan comments in her book, Uncommon Genius, How Great Ideas are Born, “There’s no use trying to deny it: a conscious application of raw talent,
far more than luck or accident, is at the core of every creative moment. … The cultivation of aptitude, far more than coincidence or inspiration, is responsible for most creative
3. Build an Idea in Scaffolding and Then Tear It Down
Just like a good building, most creative ideas can be nurtured by a secure
foundation, and the succession of floors. This is true of a poem, a painting, an invention, a piece of groundbreaking code, or any other creative endeavor. Start with what you know, and place it in
the structure of your creation, then build it up one floor at a time. Once you have somewhere to start, and a mental framework in which to build your work, you can simply discard the scaffolding and
go crazy – building in any direction your mind is set free to go in.
Most people have imagined that all creative genius happens as a sole endeavor –
picturing the lonely individual crouched over a page, or walking in the forest as a solemn figure until – BOOM – creativity magically strikes, but creativity is not only better when done with others
– it is always a group endeavor.