I’ve been creative for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, my mom always encouraged me to pursue my passions, even if they ended up being something that wasn’t mainstream or traditional.
She would say, “You have to do what makes you happy.” That’s one of the reasons why I love being a writer so much because it naturally allows me to express myself creatively in many different ways.
It’s often said that writers are born not made; if this is true (and there are plenty of reasons why), then what does that mean for other creatives?
It means we all have an innate ability to express ourselves through creativity but most people aren’t taught how when they’re younger. To get your creative plunge off the ground, here are some tips and tricks on how you can start doing it right now:
It’s Perfectly Fine To Start Somewhere
I want to share with you some of what I’ve learned over the last year and a half, since starting my creative plunge. Most importantly, it’s perfectly fine to start somewhere. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to have everything figured out. You don’t have to have all the money in the world. And most importantly: You don’t need all the answers!
We all want things and we want them now but that’s not how life works! Your path may look different than anyone else’s but that doesn’t mean your journey is any less meaningful or important than theirs—just theirs is different from yours!
You won’t be able to do everything at once so pick one thing at a time and focus on it until it becomes a habit (then move on to another small goal).
Find Something That Inspires You
If you’ve been thinking about starting a creative project, but aren’t sure where to begin, look no further than yourself. Your own life and personal interests are bound to provide plenty of inspiration.
Take a look at what inspires you in your day-to-day life: your family and friends? Traveling? Cooking? Reading? Animals? Graphic design? The possibilities are endless!
You Can Also Find Inspiration By Looking Outside Yourself
Look at other people’s lives and notice how they’re living out their dreams. Maybe they’re making music videos while working full-time as a nurse; maybe they’ve started their own publishing house after several years spent working in the advertising industry.
Or maybe they’re maintaining an Instagram account that celebrates the beauty of everyday objects whatever it may be, find someone whose work makes your heart race with excitement and use them as fuel for your creativity!
Think about what inspires YOU when YOU create things (i.e., if one thing doesn’t stick with you, try another!)
Find Your Passion
If you want to take on a creative project, you need to first find your passion. If you’re not sure what that is, don’t worry! You can always try new things and discover what inspires you. When we tell people we’re writing a book right now, they often ask if it’s fiction or nonfiction and our answer is always “both.
We have no idea where this book will go or how it will turn out yet (which is why it’s called “The Unfinished Book”), but that doesn’t matter because we love writing and learning along the way.
We also recommend picking up Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. It’s one of our favorite books about writing and life in general because she talks about how important it is just to sit down every day and do the work.
She says something like: “If I waited until I felt ready to write a book, I’d be waiting until hell froze over.” This resonated with us because this book has been years in the making!
Decide what you want your brand to be about.
When you start a business, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what your brand is about. You need to know what your mission is, what your values are and how you want people to perceive your company. If you can’t answer these questions for yourself, then how can you expect customers or potential investors to understand?
Your brand represents who you are as a person or company. Knowing the answers to these questions will help shape how others see and interact with you.
Have The Courage To Be Original
I have a client who’s a children’s book artist, and she told me that her friends and family are constantly telling her that they love the way she draws and writes books for kids. But they don’t think that publishing those books would be worth it because if she published them, no one would buy them (the consensus is that only “real” publishers can sell books).
But here’s my point: if you have something original to share with the world, then share it! If your work is truly unique and good enough, people will want to read it or watch it or listen to it or whatever else you’re creating.
Don’t let fear stand in your way of sharing yourself with others through your creative expression and don’t let anyone tell you that what you’re doing isn’t good enough!
Celebrate Your Efforts
Find ways to celebrate your efforts and progress. Celebrate the small victories, from finishing that first draft of your novel, to getting an article published, to make it through the first day at a new job. Celebrate not only what you’ve accomplished but also how much you’ve grown as a person.
Your audience will respond more enthusiastically if they see you celebrating their accomplishments as well as consider sending out emails about milestones achieved by others in the community or hosting events where members can meet each other and share their progress.
If you’re running a business, consider rewarding employees with bonuses when they do something great or launch a new service that goes well; even if it’s not financially feasible right now (or ever), this still shows that you’re paying attention and appreciate their hard work.
Celebrate small steps like posting daily on social media or sending out newsletters regularly; these little actions can add up over time!
Don’t Be Afraid Of Failure
The creative process is all about failure. It’s not a matter of “if” you’ll experience failure, but how many times and how much do you want to learn from those failures? Every time we get stuck or have an idea that doesn’t work out, we’re one step closer to discovering something new.
A lot of people are afraid of failing because they think it means they’re not good at what they do. But when you look at some of history’s greatest creators from Leonardo Da Vinci to JK Rowling you’ll see that their success came as a result of their willingness and confidence to experiment with different projects and ideas over time until they found something that worked for them.
Encourage Other Creators
You can help your creative friends by encouraging them to make something, and then actually supporting their efforts. This doesn’t mean you have to be an all-around cheerleader of everything they create.
Rather, it means being constructive with your feedback (or lack thereof). In many cases, people want feedback on the process of making something but not necessarily on the final product itself.
The latter is a matter of personal taste and it’s one person’s opinion against another’s. But if you can offer specific suggestions or tips based on what you see, that will be far more helpful than saying “I loved that!” without anything else behind it other than appreciation for the work itself.
Appreciate Each Accomplishment
The truth is, you don’t need to be perfect to succeed. But you do need to start somewhere. So let’s look at a few things you can do now:
Be proud of what you have done so far! It may not seem like much, but if it was easy for everyone else, everyone would already have started on their creative plunge. Take some time every day and celebrate the small accomplishments that get your creative project off the ground.
Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before taking action just take action in any way that seems possible! If all of the stars align perfectly and everything works out perfectly each step of the way (which it probably won’t), then great!
But if they don’t…don’t worry about it you’re still moving forward with whatever limited resources are available right now rather than getting stuck doing nothing because a perfect scenario hasn’t presented itself yet.”
Learn From Others
There are many ways to learn from others. You can learn from their mistakes and successes, your own mistakes and successes, or books, podcasts, and videos that talk about creativity. Learning from others will help you get more out of your creative plunge!
Learn from the mistakes of others: Watching people make decisions that lead to bad results can help you avoid making those same mistakes with your work!
Learn from the successes of others: Seeing what has worked well for other people can give you inspiration for ideas that may work well in your creative projects.
Learn from your own mistakes: If something doesn’t go well while working on an idea or project, take time afterward to think about what went wrong so that it doesn’t happen again!
Take A Break From Social Media
Social media is a great place to connect with people, but it can also be a distraction, a source of anxiety and comparison, and validation.
It’s easy to waste time scrolling through Instagram when you are procrastinating on your creative project. And while there are many ways that social media can support creativity (like using #creativity in your posts), it’s important not to let the online world take over your life.
If You Want To Get Off Social Media For A Bit, Here Are Some Ideas
Take a break from Instagram for 24 hours (or longer if you need it) and focus on one task at work or home instead.
Have two-minute phone breaks during the day where you don’t look at any screens – just breathe! This helps reduce stress levels and makes those moments even better when they come back around again 🙂
Listen To Your Audience
You don’t have to be a celebrity to benefit from listening to your audience. If you ask what they want, they’ll tell you and it’s a great way to get some ideas for new content.
Asking people what they don’t like can give you insight into what needs improving and making tweaks based on their feedback can only help your business grow.
While it is important to know when someone doesn’t like something, it’s just as important that customers know how much their opinions matter and how much attention the company is paying them by asking them questions about their experience with a product or service.
Take Some Classes On Your Desired Field
Take some classes. Many people think of college or university as the only way to learn their desired field, but there are plenty of other ways to get that know-how. Taking a class at your local community college will introduce you to new skills and people who share your interests, both of which will help you start on the right foot in your chosen profession.
Learning what it takes to succeed in an area that interests you can give you valuable information while also helping build up more confidence in yourself which is beneficial when it comes time for interviews!
Not only will taking classes be an invaluable source of knowledge, but these courses can also help build up your portfolio if they’re related directly to what type of work (or career) you want to do after graduation.
It’s ok to start small, but starting is important
You may be thinking, “but I don’t know how to do it!” Well, that’s why you’re reading this article.
The point is this: You can’t get to the top of the mountain without starting at the bottom. You can’t get to the end of the road without starting at the beginning.
And you can’t get to the finish line without starting at the starting line. Starting small means continuing on your way, not giving up because you don’t feel ready yet or aren’t sure where to go next – just keep going and make progress each step along the way!
With these 25 tips, you’ll be able to get your creative plunge off the ground. No matter what kind of project you’re working on, there are plenty of resources and tools to help you along the way. What are some ways that you found inspiration? What has helped motivate you throughout the process? Let us know in the comments!
Costantine Edward is a digital marketing expert, freelance writer, and entrepreneur who helps people attain financial freedom. I’ve been working in marketing since I was 18 years old and have managed to build a successful career doing what I love.