If you’re a storyteller, a photographer, a filmmaker, an artist, or any other type of creative, you’re always on the lookout for fresh and authentic ideas for your creative endeavors. Your search often takes you to the usual places, however, and without a little thinking outside your usual box, you won’t be as creative as you can be. When you’re a storyteller, your usual places to search for inspiration are reading books, watching movies or television, or reading blogs about writing or storytelling. These places aren’t bad, but what if there was another activity you could do that would boost your creativity and spark new and exciting ideas? Most creatives probably wouldn’t think that gardening was a way to launch their creative drive, but there are actually a few ways that gardening can boost creativity.
Being a Producer in the Garden
The first way that tending a garden can help to boost creativity is by being an activity where you actually see fruit, quite literally, from your labor. Creatives often rely on the feeling of inspiration in order to create, but when they’re constantly sitting down staring at a blank page or coming up short in the images they capture, the feeling can drag their creative drive down. Imagine, however, the feeling of designing a garden in your backyard with all the fruits and vegetables you want to grow. You work hard and care for your garden, and you see tangible results. Most creatives want to see results from their creative endeavors. Gardening is a way to spark inspiration by producing real results that you can see and touch. Take that feeling of successful productivity and translate it into the story you’re writing or the canvas you’re painting.
Unleashing Your Imagination
Besides being a source of genuine results, gardening can provide inspiration from the activity itself. If you’re a photographer, imagine growing some beautiful ripe tomatoes or strawberries. You could use your garden as a way to capture an image you don’t want to forget whether through photography or painting. If you’re a writer, exercise your skills as a writer by sitting down to describe the process you’re going through to take care of your garden. Describe the plants and vegetables you see. Vary your descriptions and the words you use.
Finding Peace of Mind
Finally, there’s a peacefulness to being outside and working with plants and soil. I love to be outside in the quiet, pondering my next story idea. Some of the best ideas come not when I’m taking in a bunch of information, but when I’m out with just my thoughts. Gardening can give you the time and peace you need to mentally process your next creation.
The next time you have a creative project you feel you’re not getting any traction on, try something different. Gardening can be a great catalyst for your next creative breakthrough.