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Here are some great ways to find inspiration for your eLearning:

Find a Role Model

You can’t take a shot at something without something to aim for. Is there a creative or intellectual person you really look up to? Think how your hero might solve the problem and try that out. If they are accessible, maybe even pick their brain a little. I’m not saying you need to become a complete mirror of this person and their body of work, but use them as a jumping off point and figure out how they do the amazing things they do. After all, no creation exists in isolation. You have to draw from what you know.

Throw Stuff at the Wall and See What Sticks

Brainstorm your socks off! No matter how stupid it sounds, treat every idea like it’s the one. When you allow each idea to either blossom or wilt, you’ll get a better sense of what works and what doesn’t.

Step Away for a Moment

Every creative type knows that ideas can strike when you least expect them to. If your brain has hit a wall and you’re having trouble trying to force something good out of it, get up, walk away and do something mindless. Take a walk, play a video game, wrestle with your dog. A little downtime will take the away the pressure and allows the brain to subconsciously work something out in the background.

Pounce on an Idea When it Happens

When an idea finally does come, write it down immediately and put the rubber to the road as soon as you can. If you keep telling yourself that you’ll get to it tomorrow, tomorrow will always be conveniently in the future, and you will never accomplish a thing. On the same note, if you consistently have ideas that you don’t act on, you’ll lose faith in your own skills, fast, and nothing drains creativity quite like low self-esteem.

Look in Unusual Places

Inspiration can come from the oddest places. Look at something you appreciate artistically, whether it be Picasso, Dr. Seuss, the Beatles or even your Saturday morning cartoons. Whatever source you draw from, figure out which elements of their piece you enjoy and how have they been executed so successfully. Try to incorporate what you’ve learned into your course.

Stretch Yourself and Your Ideas

Try taking your ideas as far as they can possibly go. Stretch them to their breaking point and test their limits. Do what you can to really get a feel for the potential scope of your ideas.

Don’t bee uh perffekshonist

Not every written word or line drawn needs to be a priceless work of art worth dipping in gold. It’s better to have things done and ready to edit and polish than it is to polish each individual piece one by one as you put it in. Setting a standard for yourself does not mean rejecting anything short of absolute excellence. As a mere mortal, perfection is impossible, so when you make it the standard, expect to become much less productive.

Know When You’re Done

Nineteenth century French novelist Honoré de Balzac was notorious for making his own manuscripts bleed red ink. So much so, in fact, that he would sometimes make significant changes to his books while they were being published at a great cost to himself and his publisher. The urge to keep adding more gets to the best of us. Knowing when you need to step away and hand over your work is a fine art in itself. It takes practice, but you should give yourself enough time to work on your course and have the judgement to know when to let your “babies” leave the nest.


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