Creatives: What inspires you?

Hello @list community! I'm curious as to what inspires you? I'm looking for examples beyond Pinterest or design/art/food/photography/trade magazines. Any suggestions would be awesome! What do you do when you're "stuck" doing the same-old same-old in your creative work? How do you break out of a rut? (FYI, this is for a talk I'm doing)
  1. I make playlists that help me get in "the zone".
    Suggested by   @bookishclaire
  2. I put on some music and have a dance party that evolves into a music video that I send to @michael_circa91 @k8mcgarry @joemurphy and @brynelle via Snapchat.
    *jazz hands*
    Suggested by   @marymurphy
  3. I believe in procrastinating.
    Something happens to my brain when I do and then I can go back to whatever I am supposed to do with much more creativity and juice.
    Suggested by   @LaiaPM
  4. I hang out around some young teens (not in a creepy way!). They have an anything-is-possible attitude and they aren't afraid to explore and share their ideas and things they have learned! I sometimes creep on a friend's younger siblings or browse in a teen store at the mall, or have lunch in a fast food place near a high school.
    Suggested by   @jessicavonbergen
  5. Prediction Markets and Forecasting Tournaments
    These are full of excellent questions about what will happen in the future. Knowing the future means I can get in front of new creative or operational trends.
    Suggested by   @ThereWillBeGames
  6. Forgetting that there would be a potential audience to my work
    In order to end a years-long writer's block, I started rewriting my favorite book from my favorite character's perspective. None of this is marketable or copyrightable, but was instead a project that I did for myself. When I started writing because it was something I would've wanted to read, the words flowed easier and felt truer.
    Suggested by   @hannahbee
  7. For me, doing mindless chores, like washing the dishes or folding clothes, seems to free up the creative part of my brain and I always think more clearly if my space is clean and organized. If that doesn't work, staycation! A 24-hour change of scenery always helps me reset, see things from a new perspective, and feel inspired again.
    Suggested by   @marykathryn
  8. When i was writing my last piece for the observer i took many breaks and watched all of stranger things. Watching something of high art that fills me with joy recharges me and sends my mind spinning in a thousand directions
    Suggested by   @dudleyjoshua
  9. This sounds stupid but if I lay on my back and stare at the ceiling long enough, my mind starts connecting the dots and making pictures with the popcorn on it.
    Same with the stars, though not as much because my eyes wander to the few constellations I know.
    Suggested by   @JAFred97
  10. I socialize. When I need to write new material for stand-up comedy and have writers block, I will just go out to a coffee shop, call up an old friend or go wherever I will run into people and chat. Then I pay attention to our conversations and what people are naturally laughing at when I talk. I use those as premises for new jokes.
    Suggested by   @mallofamanda
  11. Watching a documentary or even a youtube video of/about someone else. Seeing someone else excited/passionate about their hobby/job/sport/whatever usually sparks something in me. It is usually better actually, if it has absolutely nothing to do with what I am trying to do.
    Suggested by   @ItsRaeAnne
  12. I got a great advice from the book "the artist's way" which was to do something you like, just by yourself, once a week (or more if you need it), sort of a treat yourself half day! It's a great way to see new stuff, nourish your creativity.
    Suggested by   @solena
  13. A change of scenery
    Expanding my worldview does wonders for jumpstarting creative expression. Even a walk around the neighborhood makes a difference.
    Suggested by   @lilydiamond
  14. A few years ago I took a course from a professor who suggested we keep a "commonplace book" to write down whatever we want. Overheard conversations, quotes, random thoughts, and anything else that sparks curiosity. Probably once a month I look back over my notes and find something worth diving into—it's been extremely helpful.
    Suggested by   @talor
  15. I find it very helpful to imagine the same thing done in different styles, then I choose which one I like best.
    Mainly for writing, but could feasibly be used with other mediums.
    Suggested by   @Aetheros9
  16. I read or watch something similar to what I'm working on. It gets me all revved up and I go back to my work with new ideas.
    Suggested by   @gabimoskowitz
  17. I get together or reach out or talk with friends especially close ones or someone I haven't connected with in a while. Reconnecting and feeding off our shared energy reinvigorates me, I talk through my life my goals my struggles and they respond and give me motivation and inspiration to get back at it on whatever I've been facing.
    Suggested by   @michael_circa91
  18. Cardio. Listen to podcasts. Observe human behavior.
    Suggested by   @nalivodka
  19. I agree with all the art consumption and also I pretend I'm being interviewed about my work on Oprah or Elizabeth Gilbert's podcast or the Tim Ferriss podcast or something. Vocalizing what I'm thinking about changes my perspective (usually I'm writing).
    Suggested by   @kfoleywellness
  20. Music. Life. Silliness. Absurd things. Anger. Strength.
    Suggested by   @eriknmichaelssrn
  21. getting started
    even if you're not feeling it. working forward on anything creative begets creativity. if i feel stuck in a loop, I'll actively be able to redirect myself in new directions. but it's never come from sitting around and thinking about it, only doing.
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  22. Browsing Pinterest for hours or writing down (using actual pen and paper) absolutely everything that comes to mind
    Suggested by   @rebeccamaepeter
  23. Daydreaming & giving your mind time to wander is supposed up be helpful! Also "planting seeds" of ideas and drawing inspiration from different industries & other creatives! 💖
    Suggested by   @wikiHow
  24. Go outside
    The ol' tried & true. Even if it's cold. Even if it's rainy. The actual act of getting out of your work space and getting fresh air really does clear the mental cobwebs
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama
  25. Take a 3 day vacation. Your mind needs to relax. During your trip just focus on you and don't think too much. Hopefully your mind can come up with bright and fresh ideas when you're rested up ! It's
    Suggested by   @teexwee
  26. Talking, and shifting POV
    My parter is also a writer, and I find if I start to talk to him about challenges I'm having with a piece I'm working on, I can usually identify the issue really quickly. Saying it out loud kicks me into problem-solving mode. Another big creativity boost when writing fiction is changing the narrative point of view. I've fallen back in love with stories I was struggling with and bored with just by changing the voice from first person to second or third (and vice versa).
    Suggested by   @LeslieGreentree
  27. Experiencing or remembering great art inspires me to create new art.
    Suggested by   @MatthewAlmont
  28. run an errand without a car. people watch, listen to other people's conversations, feel the city breathe. take your time and leave your phone at home. you'll have tons to work with when you get back!
    Suggested by   @dortvelasco
  29. I believe that new experiences fuel creativity.
    Anything new will do as long as you're excited about it!
    Suggested by   @medesigntoo