While being creative isn't easy, nearly all great ideas follow a similar 5 step creative process.
Some people are primed to be more creative than others.
However, nearly every person is born with some level of creative skill and the majority of our creative thinking abilities are trainable.
Finding your creative genius is easy:
Inspiration only reveals itself after perspiration.
Stop researching, planning, and preparing. Just do the work.
It doesn't have to be brilliant. You just need to prove to yourself that you can produce something.
Instead of thinking of a cut-and-dry end goal to certain situations, creative people sit back and examine the problem in different ways before beginning to work.
If you find yourself stagnating by focusing on generic problems, try to re-conceptualize the problem by focusing on a more meaningful angle.
For example: Instead of thinking “What would be something cool to paint?” rather ask, “What sort of painting evokes the feeling of loneliness that we all encounter after a break-up?”