Each person has a landmark. That, on what or to whom he equals, tries to match, then to surpass and transfer knowledge further. Most often this is a person known to the public or in narrow circles, an expert in his field or an acknowledged authority. As the artists are inspired by the works of Van Gogh, Picasso and Chagall, the designers explore Dali's secrets, and the novice masters of the pen read out the world classics of literature, so every author from the beginning of his becoming chooses an idol who will become a guiding star and a starting point on his creative path.
Often in the same field, its representatives choose a compass of completely different people. Each of them can have his own vision of the direction, its development and distribution. One and the same master of his work will draw the attention of some students to his approach to creating a work, others - his themes and raised questions, the third - the influence that this work has, the emotions it causes. The novice artist will peep at the exhibition of his idol his strokes and special style, and his fellow student from the art institute will linger at certain canvases, physically feeling their color range and the mood sent by the author.
The presence or absence of such a guide can lead either to an inspired state of "flow" when the author, without much effort and inner struggle with laziness or muse, creates unforgettable creations, or to the inhibition of the creating thought, to a state known as a creative crisis. This period of stagnation is neither good nor bad. This is the rest period when the creative processor in the author's head undergoes an update and a reboot like a reinstalled operating system. This does not always lead to an instant result, a work that would be called a masterpiece. But it helps to focus on your work and find the strength to continue it. Found in this difficult period, the landmark can help choose your direction or make a step to the next stage on the way to becoming the very idol.
In the works of any author, creating whatever he does, you can trace familiar notes when at the level of intuition, the feeling that somewhere you have seen something like that, heard similar remarks. I'm not talking now about frank plagiarism, when someone who imagines himself an author, mindlessly repeats someone's work, without the possibility or the desire to create something of his own. I'm talking about those creators who were once inspired, and maybe getting inspired so far, by the works and creative ideas already realized by other creative people in the course of their activities. Entire global directions were created and are being created in art after the promulgation of a new masterpiece by a once unknown master. And all subsequent works in the same direction are not the object of theft, but fresh fruits of a new idea that will eventually become a classic and give way to new breakthrough movements that will catch the hearts of millions.
My guide has recently become creativity in its execution, in all its forms and materials. Its authors and admirers, its sources and continuation in new discoveries. For me there is no better way to awaken the imagination and enlist the support of the Muses than to have a friendly conversation over a cup of coffee with a creative person building the colors of this world. In these conversations and lengthy discussions, the most brilliant ideas are born, beyond any office brainstorming. They become the most creative reworkings of the whole existing variety of concepts, methods and plots. Look at the sketches of a novice artist whose work has not yet been seen by the public. Listen to the synopsis of the just being started book or script in the emotional speech of its talented author.
Inspiration can be a virus. It can be contagious, and this is its hidden plus. Communicating with the creative people who are in the process of creating the work, you involuntarily get infected with their mood, their desire for self-realization, motivation coming from them, their muse, after all. Household squabbling recede into the background, you feel almost physically light-headed. With startling ease, new questions are born to oneself and the surrounding world, the answers to which are formed in the built elements of creativity. As an artist who is in lack of ideas, paints shapeless blobs or geometric figures on the margins of the album, as a writer experiencing a creative crisis, turns to a five-minute freewriting, as a designer stuck in the initial drawings, mixes dozens of sketches and scraps of cloth, so inspiration always finds its road to the author, whose thoughts are occupied with the realization of creativity as a phenomenon.
Dozens of sites that randomly form headlines for contentologists, and hundreds of articles that "reveal the secrets" of a way out of a creative impasse can and should be replaced by a single conversation with the right person, which can be chosen only by the author himself. No practical manuals and instructions to the muses exist. They cannot be lured, caught, ordered, bribed, borrowed from a neighbor.
Muse is a state, people of creativity help each other to tune in, sometimes even without realizing the power of their words.