Creativity is a skill that can be developed and nurtured over time with practice and exposure to different experiences and perspectives. Here are some of the simple ways to enhance and cultivate creativity in a person if he or she desires to and has an inclination to develop the trait of being creative.
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Curiosity is the foundation of creativity. Be curious and open-minded, and actively seek out new ideas, perspectives, and experiences. If you are not curious enough, you will end up settling with whatever is easily available in whatever form it may be. The urge to change and mould it should exist. Ask questions, explore new areas of interest, and challenge assumptions. You do not have to go along with what everyone assumes, challenge it and carve your own path. Embrace a mindset of continuous learning and curiosity to expand your creative horizons.
Practice divergent thinking:
Divergent thinking involves generating multiple ideas, perspectives, and solutions to a given problem or challenge. Engage in brainstorming sessions, free writing, mind mapping, and other techniques that encourage the generation of multiple ideas without judgment or evaluation. Practice thinking beyond conventional boundaries and exploring unconventional ideas. Many people keep a small notepad and jot down whatever interesting and creative comes to their mind. You have the idea now but may not have the right project to apply it. Once you have it in your "creative bank" you can apply it anytime.
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Engage in creative exercises:
Participate in creative exercises, such as art, writing, music, dance, or any other form of creative expression that interests you. These exercises can help you tap into your inner creativity, enhance your imagination, and develop your creative skills. When you meet other creative people irrespective of their field of interest, you end up learning something as long as they are inclined towards creativity. As a Film maker, you may learn something from a painter, musician or even a school going kid, as you need to keep your creative horizon quite wide.
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Be a very good Observer
It all exists around us, you just need to notice it and adapt it in your work flow. A dancer may closely observe the movement of limbs of pedestrians, a musician may identify the beats in the raindrops falling on a surface, A Sculptor may observe shapes and forms, a photographer may observe the way the light is filtered through the elements and reaches the environment around and so on. These Observations stay with us and as a reflex action become an inherent part of our working style.
Foster a conducive environment:
Surround yourself with an environment that encourages creativity. Create a physical space that inspires you, exposes you to new ideas, and promotes free thinking. Surround yourself with people who support and encourage your creativity, and engage in discussions and collaborations with diverse perspectives. At the same time you must have some time exclusively for yourself away from the everyday mad rush when you can do all your creative thinking.
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Experiment and take risks:
Creativity often involves taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone. Don't be afraid to experiment with new ideas, approaches, and techniques. Embrace failures as learning opportunities and do not be afraid to take risks or make mistakes in your creative endeavours. Sometimes, what we do by mistake, works out much better in the creative sense as compared to what was originally planned out. Let your ideas flow and work your way around the existing circumstances. It is often said that a creative person would always turn any difficult situation to the best of his or her advantage and make the best of the available opportunity to explore something new and unexpected. Plans don't always work but executed actions always come out great if handled well.
Mindfulness, or being present in the moment without judgment, can help you tap into your inner creativity. Practice mindfulness techniques, such as meditation or mindful observation of your surroundings, to cultivate awareness, enhance observation skills, and spark new ideas.
Learn from others:
Study the works of other creative individuals, such as artists, writers, musicians, and innovators. Learn from their techniques, approaches, and perspectives. Engage in discussions, workshops, and collaborations with other creative individuals to exchange ideas and learn from each other's experiences.
Balance your technique and Aesthetics
It is quite easier and faster to learn techniques but developing the sense of good aesthetics, takes time and you really have to groom yourself to bring yourself up to a certain level.
Don't settle for less but keep going on
Don't make any compromises both in technology as well as art and creativity because it should simply become second nature for you. At the same time, sometimes we get so much in detail of everything that we lose track of the core objectives and deadlines for the sake of being creative. Follow your work passionately but at the same time delivering the same is also very important as otherwise, it's of no use.
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Remember, creativity is a personal and subjective process, and what works for one person may not work for another. Find what resonates with you and what sparks your creativity. It's a continuous journey of exploration, self-expression, and self-discovery. Embrace the process, be patient with yourself, and keep practicing to enhance your creativity over time.