One question. What’s the biggest thing you’ve learn about creativity? Denny Weinman answers: “Creativity can come from anywhere or at any time so always be ready to write something down or sketch it out or record it while driving!”
My take: Some of my best ideas strike when I’m least equipped to capture them. Driving, mowing the lawn, showering. That’s why it’s so important to surround yourself with ways of capturing ideas.
Sometimes that’s as simple as downloading Evernote, carrying a notebook in your pocket or carrying a Sharpie around for writing on your arm.
But what about the times when you aren’t able to use those tools? Try this waterproof notebook. Or get a voice recorder. Develop a habit of capturing your ideas.
If we wish to be creative by craft, we have to be ready to capture every thought. We need to be willing to stop everything and foster those ideas that come to us. Develop them as far as you can, so when you review them later you know where your brain was.
Then review them when you’re feeling creatively stuck. Keep them catalogued so they’re readily available. I frequently remember an idea I had many months ago and need to revisit. The beauty of paper and inexpensive storage devices.
About Community Pool:
These posts are all about drawing from the creative community. Every creative has a unique perspective. When we share in others’ perspectives our own creative lens gets wider. So I ask one simple question of creatives. I share it with you, then I unfold it.
Denny is an amazing stage designer working at a church in Sugar Land, TX. Check out some of his stage design work at Church Stage Design Ideas. You can also check out his blog about faith, technology and creativity at AudioJunky.net.