A Beginners Guide To Creativity 2019

A beginners guide to creativity 2019

I have thought about this, and wanted to do a Beginners Guide to Creativity for a long time. But what’s been holding me back are a healthy scepticism about beginner’s guides in general because they can sometimes seem a little patronizing and also some of my thoughts about doing a guide like this have been:

  • Creativity is personal, so how do I make a guide that is general?

  • Do I know enough about creatvity to make such a guide? (Typical self-doubt)

  • Can anyone even make a guide to creativity?

I have decided it’s a big YES. If just 1 person get inspired by this guide, it’s a success. Whether you learn form me or someone else, my goal is that you are not afraid of being curious about your own creativity.

If you have looked around on this blog, you’ll know I talk about creativity and the creating process a lot. But I have never made a guide, as such. But then I received a lovely email from someone who asked me if I could help her be more creative.

I swear this is the truth, and I said this to her, I am literally right now creating my first online course and it’s called “How To Be More Creative”!! Seriously. And it’s nearly finished.

So, I have created this small and friendly beginners guide to creativity to help someone like this woman who just wants to do something creative.

A beginners guide to creativity

Step 1:

Be curious.

Be a little more open for new. Look up, look sideways. Travel a new way to work. Cook a new dish. Read a book by a new author, maybe a whole new genre. Follow your curiosity a little more often. If you find yourself loosing hours on Pinterest looking at hand lettering, then have a go at it. Do you love to browse in book shops, why is that? It doesn’t have to mean you have to be a writer. Maybe it could be marketing, working in a book store, editing, publishing…or maybe the books represent a time when you got lost in a book that affected you profoundly.

Be a little curious about why you are drawn to different things. Why do you like it? What about it do you like?

Guide to creativity is 3 steps

Step 2:

Focus on learning.

Forget about making goals for a while. I know, that goes against most of what I blog about and coach people in. But if you feel you’re out of touch with your creativity, and you want to ignite your creative side again, then setting goals can actually stifle creativity. This is because the fear-part of your brain may wake up and smell trouble ( ie. new and unfamiliar territory). I believe goalsetting is important but as this is a beginners guide to creativity, I would recommend you start by focusing on learning first, and wait with setting goals at a later stage.

Focus on learning a little something new. See what happens when you pick up some new insights, some new knowledge. Do you feel like sharing your new knowledge? Or not? Can you use this new insight in your work? The process of learning something new is often uncomfortable and this makes a great practice for being creative. The least creative people are the ones who think they already know everything there is to know.

Step 3:

No perfectionism.

Promise yourself you won’t go down the perfectionist road. You can’t have perfectionism and creativity at the same time. You have to pick one. Make a promise right off the bat that you won’t let the fear of what other people think of you stop you from using your creativity. Don’t do it.

Say to yourself that you love making mistakes and being a beginner. If you can trick your mind into not fearing mistakes and looking silly, but to feel a sense of pride instead, perfectionism will have a lot harder time getting a grip on you. Focus on learning, and playing instead. Be proud of yourself for trying and for all the progress you make. Celebrate small wins.

There you have it; a beginners guide to creativity.

If you were looking for a “how-to” tutorial about learning a craft or a skill, you’ll be disappointed in this guide. But creativity is an expression of something within you, and that means you have to have something to express and the courage to do it - even when you don’t know the outcome. Because we rarely do.

The way I like to teach creativity is to focus on curiosity, process and how you feel about yourself (fear). Creativity is personal. Your creativity is your unique expressionand it’s a meeting with who you are. This is why doing creative work is challenging. Not only do you have to learn a craft or a medium, whether it’s writing, sewing, building, designing, dancing and so on, but you also have to deal with your emotions, like frustrations when it’s not going well.

Related: Creativity is your unique capital

Creative Inspiration tips

  • Take a class to learn something new online.

  • Be open to see things in a new light and learning something new.

  • Do a creative workshop in your community.

  • Get inpired on Pinterest.

  • Create a vision board.

Creativity is yours and you’re creative. Maybe you feel you don’t do enough creative work and you can totally change that. You don’t have to have things all figured out. Not many of us do. The fact that you’re reading this, is a sign that you’re open to explore and learn, and that makes you half way there.

Just 10 minutes writing while you drink your morning coffee will do so much for you and your creativity. Saving inspiring pins on Pinterest on your lunch break will also spark your creative curiosity. You don’t have to change your life right away to be more creative. Just take small steps when you can. Look for joy and gives you energy and you’re well on your way. :-)

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When I teach creativity I like to focus on curiosity, process and who you are inside. This beginners guide to creativity is not a “how to do a craft” but a guide to open yourself up to creative inspiration.