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How to stay creative

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 1, 2012, 1:47 AM
  1. Make lists
  2. Carry a notebook everywhere
  3. Get away from the computer
  4. Quit beating yourself up
  5. Take breaks
  6. Sing in the shower
  7. Drink coffee
  8. Know your roots
  9. Ask "What if …?"
  10. Constantly risk absurdity
  11. Listen to new music
  12. Rock the boat
  13. Surround yourself with creative people
  14. Get feedback
  15. Collaborate
  16. Don't give up
  17. Practise, practise, practise
  18. Make mistakes on purpose
  19. Go somewhere new
  20. Watch foreign films
  21. Break the rules
  22. Start a gratitude list
  23. Get lots of rest
  24. Take risks
  25. Write your own myth
  26. Do more of what makes you happy
  27. Don't push the river
  28. Read a page of the dictionary
  29. Stop trying to be someone else's perfect
  30. Got an idea? Write it down
  31. Clean your workspace
  32. Have fun
  33. Learn something new
  34. Create reckless juxtapositions
  35. Make a visual pinboard pinterest.com/
  36. Finish something
  37. Take a walk
  38. Get curious
  39. Don't ask – "What's it for?" "Who will like it?" or "Who will buy it?"
  40. Be kind to yourself


How to stay creative: Rule 13 by hogret  How to stay creative: Rule 4 by hogret
How to stay creative: Rule 29 by hogret  How to stay creative: Rule 11 by hogret
How to stay creative: Rule 2 by hogret  How to stay creative: Rule 7 by hogret
How to stay creative: Rule 37 by hogret

What else could you do?

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:iconshards0fwords:
shards0fwords Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
listen to music that you can't help -not- sing along to.
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Indeed, yes!!
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I want to copy and repost this journal.
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Go for it!
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dholms Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
woo!
that's a heckuva list!
some very good advice!
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KatDiestel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
oh man, with all these rules, it is not surprising that i am so uncreative at the moment ... ;)
but then some days ago i have started making rather small books from empty cigarette paper booklets. that was and is fun! only that photos might be difficult to upload (or does wanting to upload digital versions sabotage rule 39?)
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archambers Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I am certainly going to save this list.

Something I may add is a little slogan I wrote in one of my journals, "Patience, Focus, Discipline"
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Patience is a very good addition!
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mertonparrish Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Great!
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
getting away from the computer is spot on
the only drawback is not having contact
with brilliant artists like yourself to inspire
latent creativity.
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Ah, you are tooo kind!
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*grin*
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Bengobsession Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student General Artist
This could not be any more perfect!
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:iconphotoladylm:
photoladyLM Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wonderful list!!
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:iconrunblackwolf:
Runblackwolf Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well said !
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Westcoastspirits Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Good suggestions
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Thanks - good suggestions, not always easy to follow!
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:iconjszy:
JSZY Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student General Artist
so I was jusst looking for a journal likethis
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Hope it helps!!
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:iconsa-fie-coerent:
Sa-fie-coerent Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
you are my favourite person on deviant and I tell no lies :aww:
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Aaah! I'm flattered! Thank you.
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astrangeallure Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome!!!! :) I love what you're doing here. Yes, these will keep your creativity on jumpstart.
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Zaichick Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great list! I don't know what "don't push the river means"? :iconretardplz: Number 4, 29 and 39 trip me up. I also tend to feel quite guilty if I spend time making art and not cleaning the house, especially since I am not making an income with my artwork. :(
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hogret Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
"Don't push the river, it flows by itself" is about trusting the flow of your creativity. It means not trying to force the process by pushing too hard for an outcome, for artistic brilliance. There are times when you just do feel "blah" and uncreative, and the trick is not to panic and to trust that the energy will return, the flashes of insight will pop up, the ideas will come.
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Zaichick Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! I see, Thanks for clearing that up! and that's so true. My muse frequently takes vacations but when she comes back, she usually comes back with a vengeance!
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
And then the river is in flood!
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MistaHipstah Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Just do it. :D

Where'd you get all those tins? :O
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
I went through a phase of making domino pendants - so I bought tins and tins of dominoes from the toyshop. I'm relieved the find a use for them, now!
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MistaHipstah Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow! That's so cool.
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I'd add time in nature. Something about good old Mother Earth....
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Absolutely. Mountains, forests, trees ... and don't forget the birds.
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rustymermaid Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
This is a great list to follow....I would also add chocolate!
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Definitely chocolate! Lindt 70% is my drug of choice ...
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rustymermaid Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
:iconmonkeydanceplz:
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Neneplayswithpaper Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
#39!!
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Oh yes indeedy. That one trips me up big time.
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Neneplayswithpaper Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
It's the separation of marketing and production.
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
We are so indoctrinated to think that something is worthwhile only if it has commercial value.
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Neneplayswithpaper Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
:nod: That's a piece of why I'm not running out to get what I do into the first gallery that might even give what I do a look, especially since what I do is much more mystically/emotionally centered.
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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
....#3 'getting away from the computer' --- that's really a catch 22 for photographers -- it seems one can't avoid using the 'digital dark room ' - and no matter how you slice it - it is very time consuming ! ...that's where you traditional collagerites have a big advantage .....I can't figure out how to solve this problem --- because too much time on the computer has a lot of negative effects ,you know :(
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hogret Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
That is a challenge ... sometimes it seems like too many hours at the computer over-stimulate one's neural pathways and you feel a bit hamster-on-the-wheelish.
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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
-- it's a catch 22 -- obviously it's unhealthy to stay sitting in a chair staring at a bright screen for hours on end each day - but how to avoid it ? How does the avg person - ( who uses a computer to create )- also deal with social media sites , keep up with emails ,tend to personal websites , obtain information on Google ,enjoy You Tube etc etc - without spending too many hours online ?
- - I Bought a stationary exercise bike , theoretically, to compensate for the static sitting - but it's still hard to pull oneself off the computer when you get really involved ....it's truly double edged sword ---- I wonder how other people cope ? -- maybe I'll put these questions out there in a journal - I'm really curious . :)
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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
..I bought a year long membership to Toronto's main art museum ( AGO ) .... it's a 20 minute walk from here - after each visit - my brain is always sensitized towards creativity -- but , I think, this will only work in big cities.
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hogret Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Art galleries are a huge boost - and the virtual ones on the internet are a good substitute if you can't get to a real one. (Although there is something about being in the "presence" of art that is just so much more intense ...)
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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
... also: - buy books on art and artists .

-- take time to study one's DA favorites section - something I always mean to do -but rarely do .
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hogret Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Absolutely!
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sandpiper764 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great list! Coffee is a must-have ... :)
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Capuccino, preferably!
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hummbuzz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Thank you for this list, Margaret...I need to paste it to my wall.
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