Without observation, you have no art. Art is the byproduct of the observation, inspiration and craft. Creative output, whether it is Michelangelo’s David, Shakespeare’s sonnets or your uncle’s whittled flute, starts out first with observation. Whether is examining the human form, gazing into your mistress eyes (which are nothing like the sun) or simply looking at a stick that is about to be transformed, in order to get the ball rolling creatively, in order to be inspired, you first must be willing to open up your senses and use them to truly see the things that inspire you. Observation is more about keeping those eyeballs open like a long haul trucker. It is about using all of your senses to immerse yourself in the subject and experience. It is also about choosing the right moments in which to stop and look; whether it is getting up for a sunrise or turning the channel onto an interesting documentary. In this section we will explore the many different ways you can observe the world and how keeping your eyes, ears and other senses open and ready to receive can help you find your muse and be inspired.
Next time you are looking for some inspiration and creative ideas, focus on what is going on around you and find your muse in the little details. Whether you are sitting under a tree, riding in a car or lying in your room, a closer look at things just might yield the creative results that you need.
The stars in the night sky have been inspiring stories, legends and myths for centuries. They have also served as the impetuous for great new discoveries. Next time you are looking for a way to be inspired, go outside to place where you can see the night sky and have a look upwards.
Taking some time to bounce your inner thoughts off the clouds can be a great use of your creative time. Seeing shapes, figures, people and events within the shifting billowing masses can help exercise your imagination. Contemplating what clouds bring us can help give you perspective. Look to the clouds and you might just see your muse.
Despite what the department of education thinks, art is an integral part of culture and civilization. Art has been with us since time immemorial, helping us connect to others. Everywhere you look today, you will find examples of art, making inspiration easy to find. Next time you are seeking your muse, go to a museum, examine a sculpture in the park, or even contemplate a sketch on the sidewalk and find yourself inspired.
Documentaries are made to help inform, entertain, inspire and even to change a person’s mind about a particular subject. For those who are looking for their muse, they are the perfect vessel in which to receive new ideas, enlightenment and creative direction. Next time you find yourself inspirationally stuck on a subject, try watching a documentary about it.
Train stations are still out there, doing what they have been doing for us for decades. Next time you are looking for some new creative inspiration, try paying a visit to one and watch as new ideas and insights come to you from the experience.
Water, it surrounds us and makes life possible. Going out to a sea or lake and watching the water and all that goes on around it can be a great source for new ideas and inspirations. Next time you are looking for your muse, try going to some open water and do a bit of creative idea fishing.
Sunrise and sunset, there is something magical about the beginning and end of each day. Next time you are looking for new creative opportunities, watch the sunrise or catch and sunset and watch as new lights falls upon your muse.
Improving how you see things can help you find your muse and unlock your creativity. To become a better writer you need to approve upon your observation skill. Aspire to see beyond the mundane and ordinary. Find yourself inspired by the details.
Checking out the sights is not only something you should be doing as a visiting tourist. Going out and seeing with your own eyes the many wonderful sights that are out there is a sure way to kick start the engine of creativity. Go on a road trip, climb a mountain, go to the city. Check the sights and then see your muse.
The six billion souls inhabiting this big blue rock are the most potent source of new and original ideas for the creative type. One of the best ways to tap into this muse source is to develop keen people watching skills. Next time you are looking for your muse, try looking around and seeing what other people around you are doing and watch as new inspirational thoughts come spilling in.
Music can reach the part of the brain that words fail to penetrate and listening to it can help tease out different thoughts, feeling and emotions that you did not know were there. Music can also put you in a different mindset, allowing you to see things from a different creative perspective. Listen in and find your muse with music.
If you are looking for new writing idea and inspirations, think about the places that you like to go that have great creative energy and go to them to see if perhaps they can become your own creative writing garden. Also, keep an eye out for new places around you, allowing yourself to be aware of the idea that you bring. You just might find the perfect place to start your novel or work on your blog.
Looking for your muse but having it trouble finding it in the sunset? Go inside, pop some popcorn and watch a movie. See if you find yourself inspired by a piece of witty dialogue, a funny character, a heart pounding chase scene, a moving romance, or even some cheesy acting. With so much going into making this most complex form of art, finding something inspirational in a movie, any movie, is easy.
You can find a lot in a lyric. Songwriters tend to pour their heart and soul into their songs, sometimes their deepest fears or saddest sorrows being the seed for a truly great song. By listening to these lyrics and probing their deeper meanings, you can end up staring into the singer’s soul and finding your muse among their carefully chosen words.
Paying attention to advertising and how the inspire people can help inspire your creativity. Ads exist because they do work, and many of the best attention grabbing ads are works of art in their own right. Many successful authors first started honing their writing skills in advertising before taking their wrting to the next level. Paying attention to ads can help you develop better characters and tell better attention grabbing tales.
Photos are one of the most inspirational tools available for those who know how to use them. By allowing yourself to look into a photo instead of merely at it, trying to see it from the point of a view of the artist, you will find that its creative value may be worth way more than just one thousand words.