One of the questions that people ask me the most is something along the lines of "How do you keep coming up with new ideas?" This question always catches me off guard because running out of ideas isn't really something I think about. I recently wrote a post about staying inspired, but the topic of developing ideas is something else entirely, and something I'd love to chat with you about.
In the beginning I remember the fear of "using up" my best ideas. I was under the impression that maybe I should save my better ideas for the future. Over the years I've learned that creativity is a learned skill, not a lucky break. The more good ideas that I come up with and execute the more I can imagine. Coming up with good, usable ideas is definitely something that you can practice at and improve. Isn't that cool?
Here's a little bit about my creative process, when it comes to brainstorming new ideas…
Every day I sketch out and list ideas in my journal. Some ideas are good/usable and sometimes even great. Some ideas are weak, but have potential if I spend more time developing them. Some ideas are horrible. Really, really bad ideas. I don't love thinking of awful ideas, but it's part of the creative process so I write them down and then turn the page and keep going. Sometimes I have ideas that are good, but won't work for me currently. I save these for later and sometimes I give them to my friends too. Oh… and some ideas can be labeled as "spam"… these are just the product of living life. Sometimes when big trends are happening I end up sketching a lot of ideas for the trends, but they never make the final cut because they aren't really ideas that I'm passionate about… they're just on my mind as a product of my environment. Remember, all of these ideas are healthy! No one has 100% good ideas all the time. It's important to learn to prioritize the ideas you love most (we all have limited time) and to keep your creative mind awake!
The more time you invest in developing your creative ideas, the better they will become. I've noticed that the more time I spend daily sketching, the better quality my ideas become. I highly recommend taking some time each day to list out ideas for your blog, hobby or business. Daily sketching is incredibly fulfilling and you'll never have to worry about "running out of ideas" again with journals full of them! xo. elsie