Earlier over the weekend I was reading some fantastic writing from Merlin Mann when I stumbled across an article of his titled “The problem with ‘feeling creative’” and immediately I fell in love with what I discovered.
You saw my article some weeks ago about how difficult creating can be, right? It’s not just that creating is hard, it’s that creativity is work in itself.
To quote Merlin’s aforementioned article: “Creative work only seems like a magic trick to people who don’t understand that it’s ultimately still work.”
The creative genius wasn’t born with some remarkable, innate ability to see the world differently, he or she was simply primed for creative thinking all his or her life. The same can go for you as well: if you practice being creative enough, and if you do the hard work to question the world around you and if you make efforts to shake things up once in a while, you’ll be a creative pro.
There’s no real trick, and any amount of advice or wisdom you seek out won’t help you be more creative if you’re not willing to put in the work and exercise your creative muscles.
Get out there and do something creative today, even if it’s something really damn small and only takes you five minutes. Then do something similar tomorrow, and the next day. Work at being more creative and – surprise – you will be.