How do you get your creative juices flowing?

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    Jan 30, 2013 10:04 AM GMT
    I work in advertising so everything I do, for the most part, is creative in nature. Sometimes when I'm brainstorming at home or in a office I feel like ideas won't come as easy. To get over this I will go to the beach alone with a notepad or a long walk/drive somewhere just to unscramble my thoughts. I have a friend that gets most of his ideas in the shower so he will take 7-8 showers a day to get ideas. So creative minds of RJ, what do you do to get your creative juices flowing?


    Inb4 weed
  • Lehurrdurr

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    Jan 30, 2013 3:54 PM GMT
    Look at things that piques your interest. Watch cartoons/animations.
    That does it for me haha
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    Jan 30, 2013 4:01 PM GMT
    "I work in advertising so everything I do, for the most part, is creative in nature."

    This is, by far, the stupidest thing I have ever read on this site, which is saying something, because there is a lot of stupid stuff written on this site (much of it by me).
    The advertising "industry" is filled with tools,trolls and followers. Take our pick. Creatives? Yeah, none.
    I have spent the last decade working with some of the finest advertising "minds" in this country and every single one of them left me feeling like they should be selling used cars in Mississippi.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 30, 2013 4:08 PM GMT
    They're always flowing. You just have to know the good ideas from the bad and how to capture them.
  • unhooligan

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    Jan 30, 2013 4:10 PM GMT
    I smoke. :/
    But some writters keep a notepad by their bed to record the dreams they have. Im sure it works both ways.
    I would also get some ideas starring at a wall or looking at clouds sometimes.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 30, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    unhooligan saidI smoke. :/
    But some writters keep a notepad by their bed to record the dreams they have. Im sure it works both ways.
    I would also get some ideas starring at a wall or looking at clouds sometimes.


    I hope you're talking about weed, lol.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 30, 2013 4:23 PM GMT
    I'm about to have a bowl and get to work on proof reading my novel. I'm 217 pages into my 417 page manuscript!!icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 30, 2013 4:23 PM GMT
    Some lube and my right hand?
  • ciizer

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    Jan 30, 2013 4:25 PM GMT
    Warm showers and swimming works for me too. I clear my thoughts best in a small enclosed spaces with no distractions.
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    Jan 30, 2013 4:25 PM GMT
    go to places you will never think of going, sometimes dive is to the subconscious,use your dreams, use the dark side of the world, or even use your art to brighten it up, ready stores of mythology, create a story in your head so real, that its arts and land scape you can take, the mind can manifest and create anything.
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    Jan 30, 2013 4:27 PM GMT
    Weed works well.
  • MarvelBoy23

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    Jan 30, 2013 4:32 PM GMT
    I put music that I really like on, "Brand New" usually. Then maybe some smoke. It depends on which type of creativity I'm looking to muse out of myself. If I need visuals for a drawing or storyboards it's music and weed, if I am writing it's generally television (a dark movie usually like Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows or Pan's Labyrinth, something with lots of blues and dark undertones, Underworld etc) and some smoke.

    Basically I don't want anything to look at while I'm trying to be inspired to draw something, and when I'm writing I'd rather have something to look at. It's somewhat backwards I suppose. But in my thought process I'd rather visualize what I'd like to draw myself, and what I write I'd rather have visuals to get those juices flowing!
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    Jan 30, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
    I invest a lot in exploring my emotions along with most random ideas that come to mind throughout my day... if the journey isn't beneficial along the way it begins to feel like a slowboat on the River Styx.
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    Jan 30, 2013 4:47 PM GMT
    I listen to different kinds of music from all around the world
  • unhooligan

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    Jan 30, 2013 5:03 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    unhooligan saidI smoke. :/
    But some writters keep a notepad by their bed to record the dreams they have. Im sure it works both ways.
    I would also get some ideas starring at a wall or looking at clouds sometimes.


    I hope you're talking about weed, lol.

    I am lol
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 30, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    Each one of my novels and short stories is like a separate garden. I get my ideas by going into the landscapes of my life, the internet, TV, anywhere, and when I see something I like I dig up the seeds and bring them home.

    Starting on a new garden means I have to get dirty. It doesn't look like a garden at first. If someone were to look over the fence they might admire what I'm trying to do, but I can't just tell them what each flower will look like. They have to wait until I can show them.

    Some people might think my gardens are all an elaborate rouse to hide the pot plants I have growing behind the garage, but the truth is, if I get stoned I can spend all day being a happy hippie in my garden, perfecting all the little details, thinking of things no one has ever thought of. And all that time spent equals the love I put into it.

    I'm willing to spend years on garden before I invite visitors. I don't want them to see it until it's gone so far beyond my wildest dreams that I know it will be unlike anything they've ever seen.

    The funny thing is, once it's done, it's photographed, it's frozen in time. It stops growing. By the time it can be appreciated, I'm busy digging up seeds for the next garden.
  • JackDoyle

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    Jan 30, 2013 5:46 PM GMT
    I think music is the best way to get your creative juices flowing icon_biggrin.gif
  • great_scott

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    Jan 30, 2013 6:13 PM GMT
    Gotta cosign on unhooligan's suggestion. I don't second guess myself nearly as much after a smoke. Everything becomes a good idea worth trying out. I usually check out other artists too. Anyone on the design side of things should check these out:

    http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/
    http://ilovedust.com/blog/
    http://abduzeedo.com/

    One of my professors always told me to hold on to package designs and ads that interest me. So I have boxes and binders full of stuff now. Music helps too.

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    Jan 30, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    I'm not sure that asking someone else how to originate ideas is the best way to originate ideas.
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    Jan 30, 2013 6:18 PM GMT
    theantijock saidI'm not sure that asking someone else how to originate ideas is the best way to originate ideas.
    Mostly THIS*
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    Jan 30, 2013 6:23 PM GMT
    Those two are the big'uns for me - walks at night, ususally with my tunes, and showers. actually, I realized I absorb more of my study material while doing the same haha. When I got a midterm coming up, I balance my notes on the tower rack so it's pushed right up to the glass - I can memorize pages of information by the end of it. Outside of that scenario, if I'm sitting at home.. Few hours for a section sometimes haha. it's Crazy yo.

    Same logic applies to the creative side of things
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 30, 2013 6:24 PM GMT
    Classical music.
  • imbrad

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    Jan 30, 2013 6:32 PM GMT
    My best ideas come when I'm listening to Pandora. I like to let the randomness happen and then think of what concepts I can take from a song to write a concert program. Pot helps too.
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    Jan 30, 2013 6:32 PM GMT
    I don't make my living at something creative, and have to wedge my art(s) into my life when I can; so it's not a matter of getting the juices flowing - it's a matter of keeping them behind the dam until I have the time free to unleash them.
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    Jan 30, 2013 7:57 PM GMT
    smartmoney said"I work in advertising so everything I do, for the most part, is creative in nature."

    This is, by far, the stupidest thing I have ever read on this site, which is saying something, because there is a lot of stupid stuff written on this site (much of it by me).
    The advertising "industry" is filled with tools,trolls and followers. Take our pick. Creatives? Yeah, none.
    I have spent the last decade working with some of the finest advertising "minds" in this country and every single one of them left me feeling like they should be selling used cars in Mississippi.

    Yeah I guess you probably met every person to ever do advertising. And the work I do is obviously not in any way creative. Thanks for knowing me and everything so well based off your personal experiences. My bad. You're right. Damn. Wow was I wrong. Holy shit my whole life is a lie. Glad you could add to this conversation with such enlightening information.