11 Tips To Help Your Creativity Explode.

“You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.” —Galileo Galilei

1. Try looking through a different lens (lots of them) both figuratively and literally. Try to ‘see’ with your eyes, your entire being, your soul, and not just with your ‘mind’.

2. Remember the golden rule: there are no rules. Define them, re-write them, play with them and burn each one as you go. There is no such thing as failure or unnecessary boundaries when you are creating.

3. No one is looking. Stop worrying about what the world is going to think. Just ‘do’. Free yourself of inhibitions as best you can (in fact, try the opposite of what inhibits you). You can’t force creative possession, but you can loosen the grip on what holds you back from your fullest expression. (Eventually something will budge if even for a single breath-taking expressive moment. Live that moment as though it was a lifetime.)

4. No matter what you’re doing—keep going. Never stop. Keep looking and  keep searching even if you have not a single clue what you seek. Start again, start over a million times. (Throw away your flashlight or trade it in for a set of coloured pencils.)

5. Find a muse. Find a million of them. Choose (so-called) inanimate, animate, simple, complex and unusual objects. Explore something you know nothing about. Learn how it moves, how it sits and how it waits. Listen to what it’s whispering when no one is paying attention.

Find an artist that is alive, one that is dead and one that you know. For a day, explore the world through their eyes.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” 
—Steve Jobs 

6. Be unconventional. Combine unlikely pairs, colours, shapes, sizes, words, feelings, characters, expressions and sounds. Explore how contrast makes you feel beyond the ‘cage’? Don’t be afraid to go there.

 7. You’ve heard it before—do something everyday that scares you. Wear something crazy. Talk to someone you’ve been afraid to talk to. Dance in a public place when everyone is looking. Touch a stranger. Listen to music you thought you hated. Sit in a dark closet. Close the door. What do you see? Explore how these experiences translate into the expression of you—of your art . (Go beyond the boundaries of old opinions.)

8. Use your entire body. Your hands and face, the small hairs at the nape of you neck and the tiny wrinkles located at the roots of your fingers. The shape of your hips, the strength in your thighs, your elbows and your pinky toes. Sway, jiggle, be still, mimic nature, become a wild animal, a cloud, the sun, a room, an entire galaxy. Use the greatest instrument you have to express this life—you. And, when you create, use all of it.

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” —Sylvia Plath

9. Let go. If you can’t lose complete control, try it just a little bit. Most of us won’t ever experience completely letting go in  this lifetime, or the next, or the next, but keep exploring the possibility that you don’t have to be in control of much of anything— who’s to say that you are anyways?!

10. When it gets uncomfortable. Stay. When in doubt. Stay. When it gets really hard. Stay. When you can’t see because there’s an ocean of tears in your eyes. Stay. When the only thing you want to do is leave. Stay. (Revert back to #4.)

11. Keep showing up. Keep showing up to your canvas, to your novel, to your memoir, to your guitar, to your yoga mat, to the dance floor, to the floor of your closet, to the forest, to you bike, to your running shoes…Keep showing up to your craft—whatever it is—keep showing up.

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
—Vincent Van Gogh

 

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Tanya Lee Markul
Co-Founder and Chief Editor of Rebelle Society (you are here). She’s convinced that she once swam the depths of the deepest ocean and in the next round, grew over two hundred feet tall. In this life, she’s a vulnerable creation in process. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism & a Master’s in Business. In 2009, surrendering to the good fight within, she became a certified teacher of yoga. Now a full-time devoted student to the sacred art of self-discovery and creative expression, she spends her days on her yoga mat, in wellness experimentation and tilling the fertile soil of Rebelle Society, sharing bouts of black sheepish rebellion, self-acceptance and the beauty of darkness and well-being. Tanya is the creator of ThugUnicorn.com and Yoga.Write.Now.org. She is also the co-founder and Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness. Get to know her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and at Yogacentralen.dk. Sign-up for her free, weekly Newsie and contact her via email: tanya@rebellesociety.com.

28 Comments

  • Mamaste
    MamsteNYC commented on October 8, 2012 Reply
    Tanya, this is remarkable. My life is surrounded by art and creativity. Thank you for continuing to inspire. xoxo ~Mamaste
    • Tanya Lee Markul
      tanya lee markul commented on October 9, 2012 Reply
      Thank you Mamaste. Luv ya. xoxo
  • Suzi commented on October 9, 2012 Reply
    I have a degree in art that I haven’t used in over 20 years. I thank you for you words of wisdom. I want begin anew without the rules set down by previous teachers – I want my soul, inner child, whatever speaks to me, to determine this new flow of artistic achievement. Blessings>>>
    • Tanya Lee Markul
      tanya lee markul commented on October 9, 2012 Reply
      Best of luck to you! Sounds exciting getting the feeling coming back — I can imagine there are some wonderful things that want to come out. I hope you’ll keep us updated as to your artistic exploration and progress. xoxo
  • James Degner commented on October 9, 2012 Reply
    This is one of the most inspiring and helpful posts I’ve ever seen. Thank you!
    • Tanya Lee Markul
      tanya lee markul commented on October 9, 2012 Reply
      James! Thank you SO much for the kind words! xoxo
  • Paul commented on October 10, 2012 Reply
    There is good wIsdom in these words – thank you!
  • Tim McDonnell commented on October 14, 2012 Reply
    Yesterday I listened to an elderly woman on the verge of weeping tell me about being pulled apart on an emotional rack between her desire to write and her fear of failure… or worse… of being “ordinary.” It’s a conversation that comes my way often and you’ve put the loving medicine they’re crying for in this post. Beautiful. Thank you. Will be sharing it forward.
  • whenselahsleeps commented on October 14, 2012 Reply
    Thanks. This post was perfect.
  • Kristi Stout
    satorirose commented on January 11, 2013 Reply
    Love this Tanya!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. <3
  • naglee commented on March 15, 2013 Reply
    I want this tattooed in my brain. So wonderful, thanks you very much for writing this.
  • abitchontheDtrain commented on August 1, 2013 Reply
    yeah, but don’t touch strangers. they won’t appreciate your lofty and sincere attempt at personal growth, and you may just get hurt. badly. it’s called respecting others’ space, can ya dig it? knew you would…….
  • Judy Adamson commented on August 11, 2013 Reply
    Brilliant! :)
  • Ellen commented on October 29, 2013 Reply
    You have inspired me! I thank you.
  • Foaad Ahmad commented on November 24, 2013 Reply
    Very inspirational. Thank you.
  • buddycushmanart commented on April 22, 2014 Reply
    Really excellent and wondrous advice. Signed up for the newsletter. Thank you. Now please excuse me because I do need to get back to my novella, novel, blog, and painting.
  • Carmen commented on January 10, 2015 Reply
    I love this! Thank you!

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