Chase Jarvis’s ‘Seven Habits for Creativity’ + The Missing Link

The view from Mount Chase. (Copyright Chase Jarvis / 2010)

The view from Mount Chase. (Copyright Chase Jarvis / 2010)

Over on his blog, photographer Chase Jarvis has written a post about what he does to get the creative juices flowing when things seem to be stuck in neutral. His ideas include:

1. Get into adventures. Instead of saying no, say yes. Whether it’s agreeing going to the South China Sea or to Sundance festival or the grocery store.
2. Devour popular culture. Examine the work of other artists, movies, books, magazines, the interwebs.
3. Take pictures of things. I photograph things I see in the world that inspire me and use them for reference.
4. Scribble ideas. On a notepad, ipad, or whatever.
5. Share your ideas with others. Better ideas often come from a conversation. Give and receive. It’s a dialectic.
6. Ask Questions. Lots of other people know more than you do.
7. Listen. Try to listen carefully. When other people talk, you should listen. Ideas are everywhere.

Do these ideas work for you? I think they’re fine as far as they go. But is this really the whole story? I find that sometimes, I just have to give myself a break: permission to be stuck, as it were. Take the pressure off, relax, rest, wait for something to pique my interest. Maybe it’s a totally new idea, a new direction. That can be great, even it it’s a bit scary sometimes. Maybe you’re in that spot now…how do you handle it? What do you do to get going again?

How do you pick the cameras back up when nothing seems to be working?

Chase tests out the new Nikon D7000 camera in this video. A remote model shooting helicopter play a small role in this video, check it out!

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