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The Inspiration Myth | 8 Ways to Get Creative Instantly

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INSPIRATION [noun]The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
As I am currently holding my second seminar on Creative Writing at my former university, I've spent some time thinking about the phenomenon of inspiration and creativity. While inspiration refers to an unconscious burst of ideas due to mental stimulation, creativity is usually conceived as the direct result of inspiration – the flame that is kindled by the spark, so to speak. 
This belief often makes us think of creativity and inspiration of something passive, something that either "comes to us" or that doesn't, like a divine influence, a.k.a. the "kiss of the muse".
I find this passive concept very dangerous and also very false. The idea of inspiration as an external force that feeds our internal well of creativity is simply a myth. Yes, you can feel inspired by external impulses such as images you see and words you hear,…

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