I consider myself to be a fairly creative person; I like to write and draw to a lesser degree. There are periods where I go through dry spells and can’t come up with creative ideas for nothing.
But, then there are other times that ideas and inspirations seem to come at me out of nowhere. Some concepts arrive in the form of that perfect phrase or sentence for written content. Other concepts burst out in a vivid vision for a drawing or graphical image.
A few examples of some creative concepts and ideas:
- Topics for YouTube videos
- An interesting slogan or catch phrase
- A niche for a website or book
- An idea for a product or service
Many ideas come to me at the most unexpected times. They are often triggered by experiences through the day, like taking a walk, washing dishes, or having a conversation with a friend. It is during these times that ideas seem to flow like water from a faucet and it is hard to keep up with them. So, at those times when creativity flourishes, I like to be prepared.
I find that the best way for me to keep myself prepared is to try and have a notebook handy, most of the time. I keep a small notebook or note pad with me in my purse, when I am on the go. Each time that I observe something interesting or unusual, I write it down in my notebook and then refer to it later.
I usually sleep with a notebook and pen on my nightstand, near my bed. This is so that I will be ready to write down any dreams or creative bursts of inspiration that I receive during sleep and upon awakening. Sometimes, my ideas will come to me in fragments or stream of consciousness. Those initial ideas are incomplete and don’t make sense, so that I do brainstorming later on to build upon those initial ideas.
I don’t know what it is about me, but I get some of my best ideas when I am near water. It never fails. When it starts raining, I suddenly develop the spirit to make a YouTube video. When I am showering, I get a flood of ideas. Sadly, many of the ideas are lost by the time I dry off and get dressed. So, I am seriously considering the purchase of a water proof notepad and pen. When those ideas hit me while doing the dishes or showering, I can write them down without any concern for losing them.
Another thing that I do, is use my smartphone to make recordings. I used to have an old school microcassette recorder from my college days, but it conked out on me. So now I use voice recorder apps and there are a few good ones that I can think of off the top of my head. One is the Smart Voice Recorder App, available for download on Android smartphones at the Google Playstore. The other app is the Evernote app for Android and iPhones. The Evernote app also comes with a memo for writing and some others cool features.
Other useful tools for capturing great ideas:
Post it notes
Whiteboards and erasible markers
Waterproof notepads and pens
Sometimes we discount our ideas as trivial and meaningless. Most people think that their ideas don’t count unless they are a stroke of genius, perfect masterpieces or completely original. You would probably be surprised to know that there is a veritable goldmine in the most mundane and ordinary ideas. This may come across as cliche, but you never know when you will come up with that multi-million dollar idea. Don’t let your awesome ideas slip away!