Sure, one way to look at the internet is to see a place full of time wasters that can sap your productivity before you can even get started on your creative goals. That is one way to look at this brave new Web full of social networking, pictures, images, videos and goofy little games that you can play with your friends across the country. Another way to look at it is to realize all the potential these newly created online tools can give you to find new ideas and inspirations to further spur your creative growth. Social networking sites are not only great for “poking” your old high school friends; they are also a way to share your ideas with them and even the possibility to find new creative passions. Video and Picture sharing sites are not only great for looking at vacation photos, but also a way to find inspiration in new images and ideas. In this section, we will explore these new online tools and examine how you can use them to spur yourself creatively and allow you to grab your muse by its tail.
If you are looking for information, inspiration and ideas to fuel your muse, you might be able to find all three online at an article site. These places offer up thousands of articles on just about everything. Just type in a keyword or two and find hundreds or thousands of articles that can fuel your creativity by giving you ideas, tips and good advice.
Social Bookmarking sites are like that one friend of yours who keeps you on the up and up of all the latest things that you might find interesting. These sites allow other people who share like interests to share links to sites that they liked. By searching through these favorite sites and seeing what other people find worth sharing, you might be better able to find your muse.
Just because pictures are now a dime a dozen on the internet does not me that they cannot inspire you to create. If you are having trouble finding your muse, try checking out one of the many photo sharing sites out there to see if perhaps someone else’s captured image can help you find the inspiration that you need.
Wikipedia is the online encyclopedia written by “everyone” that offers up a wealth of information and sources that can help spur your creativity. Whether you need it as a reference tool to keep rolling with your current creative project, or need inspiration for your next big idea, Wikipedia is there for you to utilize.
Twitter is an ever popular social networking tool that allows you to instantly share your thoughts and comments to those who follow you as well as receive the comments and musing of others. Both tweeting and following others tweets can be a great way to get the creative ball rolling.
Question and Answer sites are not just for the curious, they can also help the creative. If you have a nagging question that is holding your muse back, you might find a inspirational answer on one of these sites. You might also find yourself stoking your creative fire by answering other people’s questions or by reading the engaging discussion threads about the topic you are curious about.
Looking for a good way to find your inspiration? Why not try googling it? Use a search engine to gather up good sources of inspiration for a particular subject and see if it helps stoke your creative flame. Sometimes the best sources of creative inspiration are far off towards the fringe of the googleverse so do not be afraid to travel to the very last search result page.
Google has lots of cool apps that are available, and one of the coolest out there is Google Alerts which can email you daily results about the subject matter of your choice. If you have a particular niche that inspires you, or a specific subject matter that you need to come up with creative ideas about, try creating a Google Alert for it and see if your muse ends up coming to your inbox.
YouTube, the online video sharing site is a great place to go and find creative inspiration. By searching for videos related to your subject you can gather together all types of ideas and information that can help you with your creative process. You may even find yourself looking at your idea from a different perspective or going off on a different creative tangent as you tube away.
If you are finding yourself in a creative logjam, a keyword suggestion tool can help you get out of it. By showing you the most popular searches related to the subject you are interested in, these handy tools can help you find good creative ideas and put you on the right path towards inspiration.
Thanks to the internet and easy access to online dictionaries, you know longer have to find yourself a giant dictionary in order to figure out the meaning of a new word or phrase that you stumble upon. By using this resource to look up a words meaning, you can better find insight that can help on your quest to find your muse.
Sometimes in order to find inspiration for a particular subject it helps to explore words and topics that have similar or opposite meanings. By using an online syllabus to look up synonym and antonyms to your main key word, you might be better able to gain fresh insight and perspective. Another great online tool that can help is the Google Wonder Wheel, which takes your subject and then spins it off into several different directions.
Next time you are working on a subject, or find yourself interested in something, why not try looking it up in an online etymology direction. Discover how far back the word goes and what other possible meanings that it held for our ancestors. This will help you discover new tangents and creative possibilities.
Online Social Media Sites have changed the web and the way people interact with media. By logging in or signing up, creative types can share their work, interact with the work of others and find the inspiration that they need. Whatever your creative niche happens to be, there is a site out there for you to join.
The Google Trends application might be a great way for you to find the inspiration that you need in order to make a creative connection. By listing what is hot right now , and showing you what has been hot before, this handy web app can give you great ideas on which creative direction you want to head in.