Wondering how you can tap into your creative genius and be successful online?
You’re in the right place because that’s exactly what we talked about in the latest #ContentWritingChat!
We discussed what it means to tap into your own creativity and how to do it, ways to repeat successes you experience, how to overcome mental blocks, and more. And we’ve compiled some amazing tips from the chat and we’re passing them onto you in this recap.
#ContentWritingChat Recap: How to Successfully Tap Into Your Creative Genius & Be Successful Online with Allen Gannett
Our guest host for this month’s chat was Allen Gannett. Allen is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven. He’s also the author of The Creative Curve. He had some great tips for tapping into your own creativity, so you’ll want to read them throughout this recap. Let’s dive in!
Q1: What does it mean to tap into your creative genius and what steps can you take to do so?
To kick off the chat, we asked everyone to share what it means to tap into their own creative genius and how you can make it happen. Here are a few of the responses we received:
As Allen said, there’s a a big gap between creative potential and creative achievement. He also feels creativity comes down to three main things, which include technical skills, timing, and distribution.
Julia feels creative genius is all about your original thoughts. She suggests stepping away from the computer, going for a walk, taking a bath or shower, reading a book, or listening to a podcast to get those creative juices flowing.
Jason gave some great advice when he said not to let others talk you out of doing something you want to do. You can’t let fears or doubts stop you from exploring your own creativity.
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!
Let yourself be inspired by other people and things around you. You have to remain open and that creativity will flow to you.
For Maria, it’s all about giving yourself the time to be creative and focus on her goals. Block off a couple of hours in your schedule to just let your mind wander and be with your thoughts.
Just let it flow and be in the moment. To do this, Gordon suggests doing some meditation.
Q2: Creativity isn’t just for a few favored people. Flashes of genius can occur for anyone, but how does it actually happen?
Have you ever wondered how a flash of genius happens? What sparks one for you? Check out these answers we got from some of our chat participants:
A flash of genius can occur anytime, anywhere. The important thing is what you do with it when they happen.
As Danielle said, you have to know what works best for you. Find out what triggers your creativity because it’s different for everyone.
Since these moments can happen when you least expect it, you better be prepared! Sometimes it helps to have a pen and a notebook on hand.
Q3: What steps should you be taking if you want to foster creative success?
If you want to get those creative juices flowing, what can you do? Here are a few ideas that are worth trying out:
There are four things Allen believes are crucial. That includes consume, imitate, community, and iterate. He highly recommends building a community because you can learn so much from those around you.
This is a great piece of advice from Zachary. What might be successful to one person, it may not be what you’re striving for. Figure out what success looks like in your world.
Julia suggests reading, listening, and absorbing. There’s so much out there to learn, so why not take advantage of it?
Ken suggest reading a lot and even diving into content that’s not necessarily connected to your own interests. Exploring new realms can help foster so much creativity if you’re open to it.
Danielle’s advice is to have some unstructured time in your day. When you aren’t so busy with your to-do list, you can just let your mind wander.
Block the outside voices that are doubting you or talking you down. Focus on YOU.
For Jade, he doesn’t feel steps are necessary to achieve creative success. Instead, he feels you shouldn’t force it and just let it happen.
Q4: Q4: What are you supposed to do when you’re feeling blocked creatively? How can you get back into the groove?
Feeling blocked? Stuck on that project you’re working on? You’re not alone! But how do you get past it? These tips will help:
Allen’s advice is that you shouldn’t stop working when you get blocked, but don’t continue doing the same thing. He says you should step back and consume more.
When you start feeling blocked, step back and give yourself some time. Tamara suggests working out or focusing on something else for a bit.
Rachel says to work on an unrelated project for a while or help someone else with theirs.
Julia finds it helpful to stop and take a break from what she’s working on. She says to drink some water, stretch your legs, and get a little sunlight.
Having a brainstorming session can be a fantastic way to get over creative blocks.
New experiences are a sure-fire way to get those creative juices flowing again.
Just don’t give up, no matter how frustrating it may feel!
Q5: In order to be successful online, it’s important that you understand your audience. What can you do to determine their needs and deliver what they’re searching for?
How can you figure out what your audience wants from you? Check out these tips:
Allen suggests gathering feedback from your audience. Some great ways to do this include conducting surveys and social listening.
Make sure you frequently engage with your audience. Having conversations with them is the best way to get to know what they need.
Gordon also agrees that it’s important to chat with your audience. He suggests using focus groups, social media, or even one-on-one interviews.
Surveys are a fantastic and easy way to get feedback from your audience.
Social listening can be very effective if you just pay attention to what others are saying online. You can get creative and use polls and surveys if you want.
Sarah’s advice is to check out the other content they’re sharing and commenting on. This is a good indicator of what they’re interested in.
You also want to pay close attention to website stats because this will let you know what content has been the most popular.
If you have one, turn to your customer support team to see what your real customers are saying. This can provide a wealth of information.
Q6: Once you have an idea that becomes a breakout success, how do you continually repeat this recipe?
Once you’ve found success, you obviously want to keep it going. But how do you make that happen? These tips will help you repeat your recipe for success:
Allen feels it’s best to make incremental changes, as opposed to massive changes or no changes at all.
It can definitely help to document your thought process so you can repeat it later on.
Jade said to pay attention to what’s worked in the past and try to replicate it.
Q7: For any aspiring entrepreneurs or authors, what advice would you give them so they can be successful with their endeavor?
To give you a boost of motivation moving forward, here’s some great advice to take with you:
Allen’s advice is that all writing is rewriting.
Sarah said authors should keep reading and entrepreneurs should learn from mistakes instead of getting discouraged.
Read, write, learn, and practice. Great advice from Julia!
Gordon says you should read, write, network, and take care of yourself. All are crucial.
Remember that it’s all going to be worthwhile in the end.
Want to join us for the next #ContentWritingChat? The party happens on Twitter on the first Tuesday of every month at 10 AM Central. Follow @ExpWriters and @writingchat for all the latest.