Beg, steal or borrow! If you’re running low on ideas and inspiration, just steal them from another creative.

Simple. Genius.

Before I get a slew of emails about plagiarism and copyright and how I’m a bad person for even suggesting we steal from a fellow creative 🤣 I want to reassure you that I am not talking about passing someone else’s work off as your own and selling it.

I’m talking about kick-starting your flagging creativity by finding inspiration in work that’s gone before. Work that you admire. Work you wish you’d come up with yourself.

Have you read Austin Kleon’s book “Steal Like An Artist”? It lays out 10 principles to build a more creative life.

In it, Kleon states that nothing is ever entirely new; the very nature of creativity is rooted in finding inspiration from the world around us past and present. Nothing is entirely unique or without reference, even if you’re not aware of it.

So when you’re feeling uninspired, bored with your work, stuck on what to do next – just copy someone else’s work.

  • Copy your favourite painting.
  • Write in the style of your favourite author.
  • Recreate a poster or flyer you admire.
  • Illustrate your favourite fashion designer’s latest collection.
  • Throw a few prompts into ChatGPT and see what it comes up with.

 By taking away the heavy lifting of coming up with an idea and finding your own inspiration, you’re freeing yourself up to just create; to draw, paint, write, design, make…

Remix, reimagine.

Lo and behold, by copying work, trying to mimic techniques & style, you may just start to come up with some ideas of your own. Inspiration may come in through the side door.

Et voila….you’ve reignited your creativity. 💥 

I’d love to see you at my next free class to help you generate new ideas for your products, services and creative development. Come along!