The Handbook to Creating Art
Step One: The Ideas
Carry a notebook at all times so that you can catch ideas that are leaking out throughout the day. This can be a physical notebook, or one you create in the Notes section of your phone. Beethoven was famous for carrying a notebook with him wherever he went, and going on daily nature walks where he would jot down melodies and ideas as they came to him.
Step Two: The Mood
Creating art isn’t something that can necessarily be forced. Typically, the best creations derive from a source of inspiration. This isn’t to say that one should wait for inspiration to hit them, much like a person standing in a field during a thunderstorm waiting for lightning to strike. Inspiration does not have to happen by accident. It can be cultivated through divining what you need to create the mood where you feel the most inspired, whether it’s through certain types of music, nature walks, going someplace new, or dancing around the room until your skin sings and your feet ache.
Step Three: Translation
How you translate your creativity is up to you. No one’s mind is like yours, and no one will translate what you perceive in exactly the same way. That is what makes it creative, and that is what makes your creations unique. What about you? How do you keep the creative engine churning?