How to stay creative
Writer’s block? No time? No energy? It’s not always easy to stay creative, despite our best intentions, so we’ve put together a list of top tips and resources to help inspire you to get things started…
- Set up a daily routine
Set aside a little time to create every day, even if it’ s just for 15 minutes. Finding some time in the day for a hobby you enjoy is a great boost for your wellbeing. You might find once the 15 minutes are up, you want to keep going! Getting into the swing of things can be the hardest part.
- Try something new
It can feel frustrating when a hobby we usually enjoy isn’t going anywhere. Switching things up can help get you inspired, like drawing or painting in a new medium, writing in a new genre and or even learning a new instrument. Lack of familiarity can spark a new idea and even kickstart a new skill.
- Get inspired by others
Turning to work we love can be a great source of inspiration. If you’re a writer, read widely. If you want to create television, watch lots! Think about art you admire and why you’re a fan. This a brilliant way of figuring out what you enjoy and how you can emulate this in your work with your own style and perspective.
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
Focus on the process of creating something, rather than the end result. The first draft or the beginning stages of a project are rarely perfect. Working on something until it gets to where you want it to be is often the most fun part of a process. Don’t be too hard on yourself and enjoy being creative!
- Take part in competitions, workshops and training schemes
Some people need a deadline to give them a push and get creating. There are lots of incredible opportunities out there and plenty of great prizes also on offer. We’ve put together a list of them to keep you inspired and motivated. This list will be regularly updated:
- Curtis Brown are running a free Weekly Writing Workout, a programme which provides tasks and teaching notes, tips and pointers
- First Story are sharing creative writing video tutorial series, with videos from Dean Atta, Vicky Foster and Caleb Parkin
- Penguin are looking for under-represented writers with their competition WriteNow, you only need to submit 1,000 words – Deadline 31/05/20
- Creative Future are running a writing competition with over £12,000 worth of prizes on offer for underrepresented writers. The theme is tomorrow – Deadline 31/05/20
- The Phil Fox Award for Playwriting is looking for submissions – Deadline 16/06/20
Film, TV, Theatre and Radio
- Writers and directors are invited to submit a one-page outline of their film idea to Short Circuit’s competition #SharpShorts – Deadline 15/06/20
- JustOut Theater would love to hear from writers based in the North for their weekly Radio Plays – Deadline rolling
- FutureLearn have released a new course from BFI Film Academy – Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen that you can join for free
- Bitter Pill Theatre are holding The Painkiller Project – a fortnightly playwrighting competition with a £150 prize
- Check out BBC Writers Room for loads more opportunities
- Join Sadler’s Wells for free dance performances and workshops online. Including Family Dance Workshops aimed at young children aged 2 to 6 as well as workshops for adults over 60.
- Enjoy world-class theatre at home for free via National Theatre at home.
- Sustainability First are running an art competition inviting original, radical ideas and visions in response to the question ‘How do we build from the current corona crisis towards a more sustainable future?’ with a £1,000 prize
- Brixton Life Drawing hold weekly life drawing session via Zoom
- In Grayon’s Art Club, Grayson Perry teaches viewers how to draw, paint and sculpt as well as encouraging entries to exhibit on episodes
- Isolation Art School have a lockdown inspired art competition with prizes offered by Windsor & Newton (they also post tutorials on their Instagram!)
- MoMa have free online courses on their website where you can immerse yourself in ideas and see your world in new ways through art
- Be inspired by great artists and discover how they made their masterpieces via Tate’s ‘How to’ series on YouTube.
- It’s Nice That believes passionately that creative inspiration is for everyone. Sign up to their newsletters to keep in the loop with everything good going on in the creative world.
- Take an online tour of a museum, whether the Louvre and Musee d’Orsayin Paris, the British Museum in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Guggenheim in New York or the Vatican and its Sistine Chapel in Rome.
- Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories and knowledge of over 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips.
- Cass Art is on a mission. A mission to fill every town with artists! Read their blog to find out about a range of techniques, opportunities & creative fun for all the family.
- Tune into Boiler Room’s live series under lockdown and isolation. Their broadcasts stream from artists’ homes and private spaces, direct to you.
- NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts, bring you performances from all over the world. In the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space. Watch these 5 Tiny Desk concerts to calm your mind.
- COLORS unique aesthetic music platform showcases exceptional talent from around the globe. Discover the most distinctive new artists and original sounds.
- See artists sharing their work from their homes to yours via Royal Albert Home. Browse their free streaming programme online.
- Listen to Worldwide FM, an award-winning platform for underground music, culture and stories from all over.
Let us know if you have any more links to the above and get creating…!