9 Ways to boost your creativity
As we’re in a creative community, you probably felt many times hitting the wall. That moment when the page remains blank, the ideas just won’t come to your mind and you don’t know where to start. It’s generally called the “writer’s block”, but you could easily name it “photographer’s block”, “illustrator’s block” and so on. Don’t worry, it’s normal, everyone has felt it.
It happened to me as well, right after I started this article. I had all the ideas in my mind and, after laying down the structure, as explained in my tips on how to write a blog, the rest of the words simply wouldn’t come out. So, I tried following some of my own tips below and it worked!
In photography, in general, this usually translates into shooting mediocre pictures, with standard compositions that no one really likes, even if they’re technically sound.
In stock photography in particular, hitting the wall might mean just copying other photographers’ ideas or shooting standard, overused concepts that are too old before you even upload them. And by doing so you will only get less sales, not more, as you probably wish for.
The good news is, there are several ways to boost your creativity and even if you can’t take advantage of all of them as a whole, any of them would help you separately as well:
1. Relax - stress and agitation are not a creative’s friends. As photographers, writers or illustrators, we have a reputation of getting a bit chaotic. That’s probably because we get so absorbed in the creation process, that we simply can’t focus on many other things in our lives.
However, this leads to chaos and chaos will inhibit your creativity, and the next thing you know, you’re in a vicious circle that’s hard to break. So, have a break, do something else for a minute, enjoy a little bit of time for yourself and clear your mind. A clear mind is the first step into getting all the fuzziness out and let the creativity in.
2. Read - it’s been proved that reading can improve your imagination, by stimulating the right side of the brain. The mind acts like a muscle, the more you exercise, the more powerful it gets. And what better exercise is there for the mind, than translating the words of others into images that we can then manipulate according to our imagination?
Try to read as often as possible, and you will see how your mind starts moving faster and wilder than ever before. For maximum effect, read fiction. Otherwise, you will just get tired from acquiring the new information. You don’t want to exhaust your brain, you just want it to exercise a little