This month we explore how boredom and tedium can help with the creative process. Do you get your best ideas while washing the dishes or walking the dog? There’s a reason for that.
Our minds need to associate freely between ideas, thoughts, and memories. But when we consciously try to direct our attention to create, often the associations don’t come. Science says we often need to be distracted just enough for the creative mind to shift into gear.
Why Being Bored May Not Be Bad: A Study
Bored and Brilliant, by Manoush Zomorodi
Creative Quest, by Quest Love
Kevin suggests: Read a memoir written by a creator, artist, writer, comic creator, etc. Not a biography, and not ghost written, but a personal memoir by the creator. Reading about the lives of other creatives can unlock your own. If you need an example, I recommend Upstream by poet Mary Oliver.
John Recommended: The Creative Act: A Way of Being, by Rick Rubin