By Franklin Muiruri
Struggling with creativity and how to awaken your creative potential? Many others feel lost in the internet world that is currently saturated with people posting original ideas. Worry not; I will provide three essential steps I have tried before and worked on to create your masterpiece! Eccentric has become the new cool, with almost everyone proudly associating themselves with being outlandish. Most people have agreed that normal is boring. They constantly praise individuals who seem to think out of the box or are not afraid to be different. The creative process can easily become more frustrating than rewarding due to several situations like writer’s block. Creativity has become the new trend that can prove challenging to some who are yet to awaken their creative spirit. I, for one, have undergone all these struggles as an upcoming writer looking to bring something new and valuable into the world. Writing allows me to explore different worlds while staying true to my authenticity, the backbone of every creative. It is easy to get discouraged when everyone seems so creative and influential; it almost seems like no one will notice you or care for your ideas. Most people believe that the chosen few have been born creative while the rest were not meant for it. They always assume that creativity implies doing revolutionary actions that change the world. With the advent of social media, the comparison is prevalent and almost inevitable, which can cause feelings of discouragement and imposter syndrome. Everyone is born with a streak of creativity. Still, most people lose it as they transition through life and into adulthood. Creativity is a skill that can be learned like any other through practicing a thought process that primes your mind for creative ideas. Unlike popular beliefs, it is a muscle that needs to be flexed from time to time to remain useable. I love the creative process because it allows me to explore my mind and my potential. The end result makes the process all the more endearing. As a creator, I have definitely encountered moments where I was uninspired and lacked productivity. These phases felt stagnant, and I was constantly frustrated until I decided to delve deeper into why they came about and how I could prevent them from recurring in the future. Creating ideas and a new world using my imagination has always come easy to me. I naturally perceive the world differently that has not been explored yet. As an open-minded individual that does not easily adhere to conventional methods, I have always loved and appreciated innovation. Incorporating new perspectives in a world where everyone is determined to imprison you in a box has been a refreshing and enjoyable experience. My creative process is natural, where I follow the ebb and flow of my thoughts to wherever they lead me. It has never been an issue until lately when I experienced extensive writer’s block. It is a condition in which an author experiences a creative slowdown due to various factors. My condition was aggravated by my thoughts of failure and being unsure about what the future would bring. However, after analyzing my situation deeper, I realized that the advent of the pandemic and its effects took a toll on me as a creative. It took a toll on my creative process due to adjusting to a new reality like interrupted daily activities and being isolated. The cure to pandemic-induced writer’s block is pretty simple; a change of scenery goes a long way to kick-start your creative process. A small tent is an effective way when you are stuck at home and desire a new environment. The first step of an effective creative process is gathering new materials and reading that cover different concepts. This step would allow you to spark new ideas and explore different topics for writing or any other creative process. The second step is doing something you love because it puts your mind at ease and lets you play with different ideas. The final step is to collaborate, which is a much less popular opinion. Most people assume that the creative process is personal. Other people can easily motivate you to think in diverse ways than if you were alone. I applied these steps during the advent of the pandemic, and they really helped me get out of my head and create more. These steps alone are enough to get any creator back in the groove and feel constantly inspired and full of ideas. Good luck, creatives!