To be totally truthy, I’ve been struggling writing about this topic all morning- how do you talk about “how to find original ideas” in an original way? Eek! Conundrum!
I started writing about how our minds are kinda like radios- constantly on, always chattering- sometimes you’ll find good music, sometimes only static, all depending on what frequency you’re tuned into.
It was going to be a how-to post on tuning into the “creative inspiration station” in your brain. But it was quickly becoming lame. And just wasn’t truthy enough.
So now I’m back to the drawing board, and starting from there- the truth.
Truth is, I value myself a lot on the basis of originality and individuality. It’s a cornerstone of who I think I am, the one thing I know about myself for sure- I am original.
And the fact is, we all are original. We all are a uniquely combined set of DNA and life experience that is unlike anyone else out there. But the weird thing is- we think a lot alike, in a lot of ways.
It’s kind of freaky really. Even right here on the blog we witness everyday evidence that we’re not alone in these thoughts we have of ourselves and the world around us. And so it’s no wonder we’re often on the same wavelength as each other when it comes to the formation of ideas.
It could be said there are really no original ideas left, and when you knock everything down to its base, I have to agree.
But there are original people- you being one of them. People who can take an idea that we’ve all heard before and turn it into something we’ve never even imagined.
Your perspective, imagination and interests are what gives you the ability to create something “new”, different or innovative.
So I really believe the more we can turn the crowd noise down and tune into our own thoughts (Jen shares some ideas in her post today on how-to) the better we can come up with ideas that are not only truly fresh ways of looking at something, but that also really resonate with others.
And the more opportunities we give to ourselves to get out and experience life, to indulge our interests and curiosities, to try the things we’ve always wanted to try, the faster and clearer and sparkier those ideas come.
When I was sitting at my notebook this morning staring blankly, no interesting ideas were coming through. So I got up, had some kitty cuddle time, made some coffee and took a break. And then I thought- “why don’t I just write about how I’m having trouble writing about this, and see where it goes.”
And that’s the seed where original ideas begin, I think- in exploring the truth of your individual perspective, and seeing where it goes.
Check out Jen’s post on how she comes up with new ideas and gets inspiration (with some pics from our beach trip!)
Share your thoughts/tips/struggles around original ideas and inspiration on your blog too, and we’ll post a link right here for our readers to check out!
Gillian from Craftzilla Conquers the World on creating time for originality & creativity
Kelly from Living Apockylypse on how to stay original & embrace your differences
Courtney from Chakra Glow on original content and nature as inspiration