Why Your Ideas are Important
We all go through periods in which we feel as if we are sapped of creativity. Many refer to these periods as being “blocked”—when good ideas seem nowhere to be found, and you often can’t think of anything worthy of efforts. Yet sometimes, it’s possible to escape these blocks simply by appreciating what you have to offer.
Your ideas are important. Whether they’re scribbled on the back of a cocktail napkin or hiding somewhere in the bottom of your school bag, they matter. And, even when it feels as if you can’t possibly come up with anything intelligent or interesting, know that you have enough brainpower to work towards your next finding.
It is rare that we truly appreciate our own creative potential. Every individual has their own unique life experiences, opinions, and perspectives to draw upon, and it is important to remember that we all have something interesting to bring to the table. A story that may seem benign to you may bring others to tears; meanwhile, the struggles of others may hit home with you in a way that you could never have anticipated.
Moreover, you need to be honest and kind to yourself if you want to make creative progress. Something you come up with may seem weak, but it’s unwise to judge your abilities based on just one thing. Good brainstorming sessions often don’t come easily, and you often have to go through a lot of first drafts (and a lot of abandoned projects) before you hit the jackpot.
There are a few ways you can maximize the productivity of your brainstorming process by channeling your ideas more effectively:
• Write everything down—keep a pen on you at all times in case inspiration strikes. Struggling to remember that amazing idea you got while on the subway (but never got the chance to record) can be torturous.
• Surround yourself by creative triggers, or people, places, or things that get the gears turning.
• By pitching your ideas to others, you will be able to see how your ideas look from their perspective, as well as appreciate facets that you perhaps would not have otherwise noticed.
• Create a visual idea board to physically represent and connect concepts. It is especially helpful if you keep this board close by while you’re working.
Overall, remember that blocks aren’t forever, and that you’re capable of working through them. Stay positive, and keep at it. You’ll be on to the next big thing in no time.