Creativity Advice from Pablo Picasso, Stephen King, and Albert Einstein

When trying to work on developing and improving your creativity, there is no right or wrong way to go about it. Creativity is completely learnable, and you can train yourself once you discover the creative process that you’re comfortable with. And to do this, you simply need to just start doing it. There are no rules. All it takes is some motivation.

Take it from three of the greatest creative minds in history: Pablo Picasso, Stephen King, and Albert Einstein. Whether in the arts, literature, or science, they used their creative talents to solve problems and create the greatest innovations. How to be creative? Here’s what they’ve got to say.

Working Backwards

According to Pablo Picasso, it might help boost your creativity if you “work backwards”.

I don’t have a clue. Ideas are simply starting points. I can rarely set them down as they come to my mind. As soon as I start to work, others well up in my pen. To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing… When I find myself facing a blank page, that’s always going through my head. What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas.

The thought behind working backwards is to move, and sometimes, to get out of a rut. It’s good to just do work in spite of yourself. Even if you don’t know what to do yet, inspiration will eventually come to you. Don’t overthink; just start working.

Setting Quotas

Stephen King, having written 55 novels as of this writing, along with some non-fiction books and hundreds of short stories, believes in setting a daily quota.

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.

Stephen King writes around 10 pages per day. Set a quota for yourself, and raise the bar as you go along. Don’t stop until you reach that quota. Don’t worry that what you might create may be ‘uninspired’ or will just go to waste. They won’t. Think of it as a way of harvesting ideas, no matter how far out they are.

Combining Ideas

Apart from being one of the world’s most brilliant physicists, Albert Einstein was also into the arts, particularly playing the violin and piano. In fact, he was able to apply his musical background when solving scientific problems, as he believed in engaging in “combinatory play” or mashing up different ideas and concepts together, working together to create something that’s a little bit “out there”.

Don’t be afraid to combine different ideas. Even if you think two different concepts do not exactly match each other, you’ll be surprised by the synergy that they will create.

Break Out of the Ordinary

Try putting together and applying all these bits of advice and see if they help you become more creative. Maybe you can also come up with your own process out of theirs. Find what works for you. Just remember to aim to make a difference, not just to add to the noise. The craziest and most unique creations are usually the ones that stand out.

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