Creativity Inspiration in Everyday Life - Part 3

By: LeonardoTrait
This is an unusual source of creative inspiration, but it is a source, and you might find it valuable.

Television

I don't much care for television, but most people do, and it's a great source of creative ideas. Especially the commercials.

The fact is, most television commercials are awfully bad. So bad, they're laughable.

So while you're laughing at that commercial, why not think about how that idea could be made to work?

If they took the lumberjacks and made them ballet dancers. . .

If there was no singing, but rather poetry. . .

Not all commercials can be adapted into an idea to fit your unique situation. But they can all be the seed of a truly creative idea.

Think about it.

And while you're thinking about that, think about this.

Turn on a rerun of your favorite sitcom. What's the plot? Is it one of about a dozen plots every sitcom uses at some point? Is it even a remake of a plot *this* sitcom has done before?

It may seem strange to talk about warmed-over sitcom plots as a creativity resource, but stay with me.

If you're laughing at that sitcom, even though you know how the plot goes, it's because they were creative with it. They took something that had worked before, and made it work again.

How can you use that lesson in your creative life?

**Your Own Thought Processes**

And what I'm finally getting at with all of this is that you are the creative seed you're looking for.

What all of these methods have in common is that you use your own creative imagination and turn each of these "idea factories" into workable, usable ideas. They're portable idea generators. Not unlike those generators you see at construction sites, only these are mental, not metal.

These generators will work for everyone.

These are creativity resources anyone can use.

But if you and I go to the same store, at the same time, looking for ideas, we're not going to come away with the same ideas or even use the same things to generate ideas.

That's what's so great about creativity resources. They're totally dependent on the creative mind to make them work.

Your mind is the only real creativity resource you need.

Everything else is just gravy.

**To Sum It All Up**

One of the greatest things about creativity and imagination is that you can use what you've got, wherever you are, without any special equipment or materials.

Let me give you an example.

I read a survey somewhere that said that most people get their best ideas in the shower.

In the shower.

No books.

No television.

No clothes.

Hopefully, no children, shoppers, or people to eavesdrop on.

Why do these ideas come so easily in the shower?

I don't know, but my guess is that our minds are relaxed, unfocused, and not straining. Our bodies are warm and comfortable. And we're not worrying about our creative problems.

So I guess really showers are the best creativity resource. But that's another article. . .

[End of Part 3]
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