Looking through Pinterest won’t make you more creative.
Reading your Twitter stream won’t make you more creative.
Listening to music won’t make you more creative.
Nothing will make you more creative if you don’t actually create something.
Sure, read all the best books to be a great writer.
Sure, watch good quality films to be a good film director/producer/editor.
Sure, listen to great music so you can be a good musician.
Sure, read lots of blogs so you can be a good blogger.
Sure, carefully examine the best pictures ever taken so you can be a good photographer. And read up and learn new techniques, sure do all that.
If doing all these activities doesn’t propel you to take action, then they’re worthless. If nothing is created and the world changed in one way or another, then it’s all a waste.
Drawing inspiration from different places is important, to a certain degree you can only create from a foundation of things you’ve seen in the past, just don’t neglect the “create” part in creativity. Remember, you still need to do the work. And there is a lot of work.
Remember what Thomas Edison said,
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration”
May your creations today be the work of an inspired genius. Go on, make mistakes and create something that others will be inspired by in the future.
Originally published July 2013