If you want to be more creative, or spend more time with your creativity, get some creative friends.
We need creative contagion. We need onramps. Other people are the most reliable access points for expanding our creative world.
They can tell us stories from their personal experience. They can be there with us while we're figuring it out. And most importantly, they can introduce us to ideas we haven't been exposed to yet.
Twelve years ago I walked into a Michaels Arts & Crafts store and saw the above painting next to an ad for painting classes. I signed up, unsure but curious, and met one of my most important teachers.
She was the person who got me to frame my work and put it in a show.
She was the person who helped me keep showing up even though I felt completely clumsy holding a brush in my hand.
She was an access point.
Find those people. Be on the hunt for them. And when you find them, know them in person. Bring yourself near enough to watch them solve creative problems, not just admire their finished work.
If Meetup.com is active where you live, find a group that writes or doodles or has life drawing nights. Ask to see the class schedule at your nearest art store. Do an Internet search for community art classes near you.
If you're one of the 100 cities with a Creative Mornings chapter, start attending their free talks. The audience will be full of people who want to be connected to creative contagion.
There are creative people all around you. Go to them. And if it doesn't work out, go to the next person. And maybe the next.
The point is to be an active participant in establishing an environment for your creative practice.
Hear me say these words out loud: