There tends to be this traditional idea of writers and artists as people closeted away from the world in their lonely garret or remote gothic mansion, crafting their masterpieces in isolation… However, in today’s world creatives are generally people who lead busy lives full of jobs, social occasions, family, friends and relationships, and creativity is something they have to squeeze in around these commitments.
So in a world where it feels like there’s always something you have to be doing, or somewhere you have to be, how do you manage to stay creative whilst constantly on the go? Personally, I feel like the way to live a truly creative life is to find creativity everywhere, even in the time that you don’t devote specifically to acts like writing, painting, photography or blogging.
In fact, a lot of what being creative is all about is taking inspiration from the things around us, and so getting out of the house, even on the most mundane of trips, can do wonders for your creativity! Not to mention the fact that sometimes you will be forced to be outside of your home – at work, for example, or away on holiday (not that a holiday is a hardship exactly!) – yet still want to get some of your creative work done, or find inspiration.
So here are a few ways I’ve found to be creative whilst out and about, and constantly on the go!
- Always carry a notebook with you.
The muse is a tricky thing and often likes to strike at the most inopportune times, so carrying around some means of recording creative ideas when they occur to you is essential. A small notebook is a useful thing to have with you, or at least an app on your phone that you can use to make quick notes.
- Notice the little things.
Inspiration and creativity don’t necessarily come from the huge things in life: sometimes it’s the little things that spark something. Therefore it pays to take notice of the world around you when you’re out and about, and stay tuned to what’s going on around you. You never know when the smallest thing from a snippet of overheard conversation to a particular smell will strike you, and provide inspiration for your creative work.
- Change your routine.
This ties into my previous point, but a great way to make sure you’re noticing the world around you and taking inspiration from it whilst your out and about, is to shake up your routine. Maybe you always walk a certain way to work, or go to a particular cafe for your lunch… well maybe you should try something different every once in a while? By doing the same thing every day you are increasing the chances of you zoning out and just letting your mind wander to mundane everyday things, whereas a change of scenery or shift in routine can spark new ideas and thoughts.
- Listen to podcasts whilst driving.
Listening to creative podcasts whilst you’re driving is a great way to make the most of time you would otherwise waste, and get yourself feeling inspired and creatively charged. There’s so much choice out there with podcasts about everything from writing, to art, photography, and creative entrepreneurship, as well as fiction podcasts and inspiring and informative podcasts like the various TED talk ones.
- Use helpful apps you can sync with your laptop, eg. Evernote, Scrivener.
Thanks to the wonder of technology, there are now so many ways you can access your creative projects and work on them whilst you’re out and about. Apps like Scrivener have meant I can use my work breaks to write my novel, meaning I don’t even have to be home, sat at my computer to be making progress with my projects.
So how do you stay creative on the go? What things do you do to feed your creativity, even on your busiest days?