Double Up on Creativity

Double Up on Creativity

There are lots of other ways to get creative in life other than getting up early in the morning!

My last blog post on getting creative was making time for creativity by biting the bullet and getting up early.

Get creative with a creative buddy doesn’t involve the pain of rising from bed in the dark. In fact it is enhancing your work and your business just by having fun! It’s encouraging regular risk taking, exploration, discussion, play and experimentation.

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So what or who is a creative buddy?

Well it is someone or a group of people who when you get together you play. It’s that person who you share your-just-forming-ideas with the statement “…does that sound crazy?”

It is someone that who inspires you, who is likely to have a bit of an understanding of the industry or market that you work within, and also you feel safe to share, to make mistakes to let all your bubbling inspirational “what-ifs” free.

The surrealists got together in cafes to play parlour games – games of chance to provide creative and playful ways to make art and unlock their unconscious mind. I like to imagine they were pushing the boundaries of what they knew and understood to be visual communication. Mixing images and objects to get closer to the meaning of things. Making sense of the horrors and devastation created by human kind during the First World War.

Creative buddies might hang out like the surrealists at cafes– I have been involved in crafting groups, a weekly drawing group in a cafe, book clubs, artistic directorates. From the artist way website they have guidelines about putting together a creative cluster and working through a series of activities to free yourself up and get ideas flowing.

Recently I read Remarkability : Be so Good So They Can’t Ignore You by Lorraine Murphy, B&T Women in Media’s Entrepreneur Of The Year. I loved her suggestion start a book club. Her book club is with her team and they read business-orientated books –they get together every second Friday at 8.30am and share notes on what they are reading. But this is the bit I like is how she describes the benefit of getting together with other people and sharing ideas “…they will frequently see an opportunity or an idea in the book that I’ll have missed, so we have more brains applied to squirrelling out those valuable insights.”

Last year I invited a friend who I think I might have met on Facebook, to tell you the truth I cant remember how we met – but I admired her creativity and boldness to display her work and dedication to creating everyday. The first time I met her she was covered in paint – whilst I was dressed in my neat lines and ironed creases of my business attire.

We agreed met at the local art studio-cafe and drew our own works and talked. Unfortunately this only happened twice, the balance of work and children and evenings over took us – but this little time together opened up to working on a local school arts residency together and we are now in discussions for applying for grants to do more projects. The freedom of play created a platform of shared values to collaborate and negotiate how to work together.

5 ways to be more creative

1. Find an activity that you enjoy doing and find the buddy to do it with you – is it playing board games, is it visiting art galleries, is it attending writers festivals? Do an activity together that evokes discussion and gets you out of your comfort zone.

2. Meet up regularly with your creative buddy to share your ideas – it might be a skype call or an email or over a cuppa – remember this time is to share the new and push stuff around – it isn’t to complain and whine about what doesn’t work!

3. Join with someone in your industry or team and together invite speakers that you admire into your work place/industry and talk about their projects, innovations – the ones that worked and the ones that didn’t work.

4. Start a book club with friends and theme it on books that you would like to read but find challenging. The aim is to encourage reading, and invigorating discussion – maybe it isn’t books it is documentaries, TED talks or video games.

5. Deliberately find a buddy or buddies who are a different age from you, or have a different cultural heritage or perspective on life and regularly get into their world and embrace the creativity that difference can stir within you.