Ep 12 is part of an ongoing (intermittent) series on Creativity. What the heck is it anyway?
This episode gives you a brain hack that will help you tap into your creativity anytime, anywhere. Also, the more you do it, the stronger your creativity will become.
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Welcome to the studio drummer chats. This is a creativity podcast. Talk about lots of stuff related to creativity. There's a pretty big focus on music related production, song writing, but a lot of things in general about life and creativity as well. And today is one of those more generalized podcast subjects. The topic is using your imagination to fuel your creativity. And I'm just gonna give you kind of a couple of quick ideas of ways that you might start with nothing and turn it into an idea of something. If you like this podcast, please leave me a review on iTunes and subscribe as well. You can find me at the studio drummer on Instagram, and you can find me at the studio drummer on YouTube as well. This podcast is available everywhere. Stitcher Google Spotify pretty much everywhere that podcasts are found. And if you shared this with one person that you think might be interested in these creative ideas, it would help me a bunch. I would really appreciate it. I'm going to be doing Siri's of a couple of different ideas that interest me, and this is one of them. I'm going to be doing a few more of these on creativity. And I'm also going to do a series on the idea of change and ways that humans can change and maybe ways that humans can't change as far as we know so far. Spoiler alert. We might be able to change everything about us, even our personality. So if those things interest you, please subscribe and stay tuned. One of the things that I Googled the other day, as I was making notes for this podcast was, is creativity a skill? And there were 179 million results on Google. Is creativity a skill? So that tells me that that's a fairly popular idea concept people are wanting to know. Is this a skill that can be learned that I could get better at? And that was part of the inspiration for this podcast today. The answer that I found that I liked the best was you can learn to be creative by experimenting, exploring, questioning, assumptions, using imagination and synthesizing information. I think that's very well said. This particular quote, I think, came from a website that was focused on using creativity in the business world and certainly that is becoming more and more of a popular idea. As we, according to Daniel Pink, move out of the age of technology and into the conceptual age. It seems as though, regardless of whether we're in a creative, what we typically think of is a creative field, like if your photographer or a designer, or if you're in a business or finance related field, and certainly any of the stem related fields that the idea of having a creative tool box and being able to tap into those creative tools can help all of the above. For some, creativity and imagination comes easily and for others, creativity. Imagination can be a challenge to tap into, and there's everything in between. So today I just want to throw out a couple of ideas, a fall experiment, if you will, of using your imagination that can help you tap into your creativity for me. When I look around, I can look at almost anything and use it as a starting point or a launching point for a creative thought for a creative process. If we can find a starting point for our imagination, you can think of it as a snowball effect where the little pebble was rolling down the hill, picking up Maur and more and more snow. And as gets bigger and bigger and bigger and sometimes creativity sort of goes like that. We have one idea that gets bigger and bigger. Another sort of analogy that I like to think of are the branches of a tree because a lot of times you start with one idea, and it may branch out into something completely different, but equally or more useful than the original idea. So when I was thinking about this today, I just looked around and I looked out the window and I saw some leaves. And with that leaf in about five minutes, I just kind of came up with three stories in my head as I was thinking about this leaf. So the first thing I thought about was imagine, ah, time lapse short film of leaf sprouting from its very first emerges from seemingly nothing into full size into changing colors, falling off the branch and eventually dissolving back into the earth. That would make like a really cool, fascinating little short film. I'm not going to shoot that, but again, this is just kind of a thought experiment. I should say I'm not planning on shooting that, but you can have that one if that interests you. If you're interested in video, that might be a fun project. But you know, just that idea. When you start, you start getting your brain moving in the direction of visualizing something and using your imagination thes air, the things that can actually help you solve other problems. So then I started thinking about what If we could see photosynthesis? What if we could see the chemicals, the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide? And then it started thinking, What if we could see pheromones or hear the sounds of these unseen processes that are going on all around us all the time that we can't currently detect? So I started thinking in the idea of technology. You know, what if there was a special sort of V R mask glasses that we could put on and see these processes that we can't currently see, how that might be useful in so many other areas? Because if you can see those things, there's lots of other areas you could you could use that kind of technology. I don't know if there is a technology of the exists that's similar to that, or if so, in what form. But I can imagine a day in the future when we can see much of what's going on around us that we can't currently see now and again. This just came from the idea of looking at a leaf. I got back to my idea of the little short film of the leaf in its lifespan, and I started thinking about this imaginary person who is a nature photographer in nature of videographer and that that might be a launching point for an interesting story about this person that has dedicated their lives to nature, videography in nature, photography and the patient's. It must take to get those shots and edit those shots and just the backstory of someone that how does one arrive at that point where they are a nature photographer just seems really interesting to me, so that could potentially end up being a story or a documentary in and of itself. So again thought experiments from just looking at a leaf. I could, of course, be more literal about it and go outside and photographs and leaves myself or paint some leaves. Or write a song about leaves. Or maybe the parallel between the life cycle of a leaf growing and following and going back into the earth and the parallel between that and a life cycle of a human being. So, so many ideas from just thinking about a leaf for a few minutes. And so I want to challenge you to try this, pick something and use your imagination. Pick something around you just easy and just sort of let it branch off in different directions. You might use some of these thoughts that I have had or some of these directions that I've had as a starting point. But I guarantee, with a little bit of time and thought put towards this, you'll end up somewhere completely different with your own imagination. Whether you're a creative thinker on a daily basis or if you struggle with creativity, think of this as exercising the creative parts of your brain. And, of course, none of these ideas that I've had have have really even brought into account your own personal experience when we think about like most of the famous paintings that we've all seen in songs that we've all heard. They're usually about, you know, one of a few things, right? Like a really cool car. Love, losing love or or something. One of those three things, usually right. So most of the plays and movies we've seen, you know, they're about these personal experiences that someone has had somewhere along the way or based on a personal experience. What that in mind, I leave you with this quote. Creativity often manifests itself in the connecting of things seemingly unconnected. When you can connect the unconnected, you can solve problems both great and small. Thank you for listening. I hope you've enjoyed this podcast this short take on creativity and I look forward to talking to you soon.