Conceptual Prompts for Intuitive Creativity

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Kinds of  Creative Prompts

What are Technical Prompts?

Technical prompts are an instruction within guidelines toward developing a specific skill in the topical field.

Technical prompts are assignments for specific kinds of work or practices. Examples include creative writing prompts to help develop writing skills, or drawing prompts many of which include particular subjects, often within distinct parameters.


What are Conceptual Prompts?

Conceptual prompts are ideas or concepts conveyed through various mediums that inspire creative imagination, ideation and reflection. These are our favorite creative prompts because they invoke intuitive creativity from the inside out.

Conceptual prompts allow the creator to decide what meaning to assign and design accordingly. Conceptual prompts are more open to individual interpretation, and while these prompts are often abstract and obscure, the results can be any degree of abstract to concrete.


What is Intuitive Creativity?

Intuitive creativity is to create through the free flow of impressions from within. You can expand your access to creative intuition by expanding your awareness.

How to Increase Awareness: Tools to help increase and expand awareness include meditation, reflection, and pondering concepts, thoughts, ideas, images, nature, cycles, people, motivations, feelings, etc..

Intuitive creativity utilizes conceptual prompts to guide the creator toward discoveries through reflection and pondering. Observe, ponder and reflect and then listen to the inner response.

Reflecting on conceptual prompts helps to awaken slumbering intuition.

In the beginning, intuition may speak to you through impressions and whispers of ideas. Gradually, your access to wisdom increases, the more you seek to invoke it through observation, pondering and action.

To create around perception is to invite intuition in for a visit.

When you create intuitively, it’s more about seeing what appears on the paper than trying to compare the image in your mind with the image that you’re producing.
~Paivi Eerola, abstract intuitive artist.

Technical Prompts Definitely Have Their Place

Technical prompts are more like school assignments designed to help lead you into creating from the outside in. You receive a specific prompt or outline ideated by others, and then you proceed to fit your creativity into those constraints.

Constraints are important for creators, so there are definitely developmental stages where those are the best kind of prompts. In fact, creative constraints can be critical for success at any stage of creative development. We’ve written more about that in this article.

Creative constraints encourage productivity and creativity and provide a launchpad for ideas.
~Devani Alderson,

Examples of Technical Prompts

Art Prompts: If you’re working on drawing eyes, then you’ll benefit most by technical art prompts specific to drawing eyes. Same thing if you’re working on hands, or trees, or rainbows, specific techniques, styles, mediums, etc.

Writing Prompts: If you’re a writer working on improving your fantasy fiction character building, you might want idea prompts that help lead your own fiction fantasy ideation in a specific direction.
E.g.:“Write about a character who finds an odd-looking egg in the forest. When they take it home, they never could have predicted what was inside it.”

These kinds of prompts definitely have their place and utility in helping develop your craft and scope of abilities. They also help you create when you might feel stuck in a creative block.

Technical prompts are especially beneficial in a course format that take you through a sequential process of learning.

Creative freedom is preceded by discipline and constraint.
~LeAura Alderson,

Conceptual Prompts

Conceptual Prompts for Developing Intuitive Creativity

Our favorite kind of creative prompts are conceptual prompts. The iCreateDaily community is a diverse group of creators from all mediums, from artists to writers, photographers to crafters, musicians to entrepreneurs… in short anyone creating anything.


We are about daily creating and creativity as a way of life.

When it comes to prompts for ourselves and for the Creator Challenges we host, we love conceptual prompts for a number of reasons.

Benefits of Conceptual Prompts

We love conceptual quotes to stir our own thoughts to sprout into something more. For, after all, quotes are memes… “seed thoughts” to bigger ideas and concepts.

Consider, for example, any old familiar saying. Old sayings are seed-thoughts to bigger concepts and meaning. They hold an entire concept in a simple phrase, which if expanded, can lead to many more ideas and thoughts.


  • You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.
  • A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
  • A diamond in the rough.
  • A drop in the bucket.
  • A feather in one’s cap.
  • Have a nice day!

Conceptual prompts provide ideas for you to develop into whatever you’re inspired to create. These familiar sayings lend ready visuals that guide you into creating something based on a clear topic, such as horse for example, in the first familiar example.

However, to focus on painting, drawing or writing about that saying will inevitably expand your own thoughts around it and its meaning for you.


“You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.”

This saying brings clear visuals to mind doesn’t it? 

  • Artists could draw or paint any of the following, etc:
    • a horse
    • someone leading a horse
    • a horse drinking water
    • the reflection of a horse (or person) in water, etc.
    • A peaceful (or stormy) water scene.
    • A wise sage in meditation
  • Fiction Writers could:
    • write that phrase or concept into a scene that reveals something about one of your characters
    • have a character utter that line, contextually, in your story
  • Non-Fiction Writers could:
    • ponder a time in your own life where you’ve resisted learning something
    • Describe your feelings in trying to help someone who would not be helped
  • Songwriters could:
    • Write that saying into a song, (sounds ripe for a ballad or country western)
    • Write a song around the concept of struggle, learning and/or insight
  •  Entrepreneurs could:
    • Reflect on where in your business you may be not doing what you know needs to be done
    • Journal on how you may be getting in your own way
    • Consider whether you may be trying to force something that just isn’t working when another angle or approach might be better.

Conceptual prompts inspire creativity by invoking deeper creating thinking.
~LeAura Alderson,


  • Develop intuitive creativity
  • Develop intuition in general
  • Encourage your inner voice
  • Expand awareness
  • Exercise your brain and keeps it agile and youthful
  • Develop your mind-brain connection
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Develop deeper thinking
  • Inspire reflection and contemplation
  • Encourage all mediums of creators to expand creative capacity

Intuitive creativity helps you discover what is latent within you, waiting to be revealed.
~LeAura Alderson,

Conceptual Prompts Can Develop Intuition

Conceptual prompts are non-specific concepts and ideas, often in quote form, for flexible interpretation, while encouraging the development of your intuition and inner perceptions. Often, artists gain ideas from stories and music, and writers see and hear story ideas in art and music.

Examples of Sources for Conceptual Prompts

  • Quotes / poetry / sayings / colloquialisms
  • Phrases / excerpts
  • Affirmations / invocations / mantras
  • Music with or without lyrics
  • Presentations / Speeches
  • Poetry / literature / stories
  • Meditations
  • Movies

Creative ideas are everywhere… waiting to land in a receptive mind and agile hand.

Artists gain visual ideas from stories and writers gain story ideas from visuals.
~LeAura Alderson,

How to Use Conceptual Prompts

The creative intuition or intuitive art approach is to read the prompt quote or experience the music, etc.  See what perceptions come to your mind, then create from whatever that may be. Here’s the basic conceptual approach, which we expand upon further below.


  1. Sit quietly for a moment, preferably taking three deep breaths before engaging the prompt.
  2. Read, listen, view or otherwise consume the prompt as indicated.
  3. Begin to freeflow what image, ideas, and thoughts come to mind for you, using your medium of choice.

What follows is an example of a quote prompt and more specific steps to employ for best results. The quote example is not really a drawable noun, however, there are many concepts your imagination can run with.

Examples of How to Use Conceptual Prompts

We’ll provide a prompt followed by some examples below, but first read the prompt and see what comes to mind. You may come up with entirely different things than we would and that’s part of the goal, for you to ideate within yourself first.

If you will take the time to read this, it should help you discover more of how you might use prompts of any kind to grow your own ideas.

Conceptual prompts help you to discover and cultivate your creative intuition.

EXAMPLE 1 – Conceptual Prompt and Process

Deep breaths… get still and quiet and contemplate this prompt. The breath can have a profound effect on stilling your mind and opening channels.

  1. Take three long, slow, deep breaths in and out.
  2. Read the prompt out loud, if your environment allows; silently, if not.
    “You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”
    ~Deepak Chopra, Indian-born American author, speaker, doctor
  3. Take three more long, slow, deep breaths in and out.
  4. Ask: what does this mean to me?
  5. Create whatever you’re inspired to using your chosen medium

After your reflection… below are some ideas to stir your own, should you need or wish to see them. If you already have your own ideas, read these later after you’ve finished your own creation.

Don’t dilute or clutter your first intuitive impulse by consuming the ideas or content of others. Create first.

After you’ve created whatever surfaced for you, then you might scan the ideas below.

Creative Ideas for Sample Prompt #1

Remember, here’s that sample quote prompt:
“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”
~Deepak Chopra, Indian-born American author, speaker, doctor

Ideas to Create from this Prompt

Ideally, you would choose and work with just one idea that comes strongest or most immediately to your mind upon reading the prompt.

  • If you could manifest that special place inside you where you are happiest, what would that look like?
  • What does your inner warrior look like? That bold, brave, ‘nobody’s going to mess with me‘, you?
  • What does your inner hero look like?
  • What symbolizes your strongest self, (perhaps it’s a “totem” or other symbol).
  • What colors do you feel when you’re feeling bold, brave, courageous and on top of the world?
  • Consider a challenge in your life now. What would that look like diminished? Perhaps turn that mountain into a molehill..?
  • Or… Perhaps you’re a mountain climber reaching the peak (of that problem.. and you’re conquering it)!
  • It could be a big shadow evaporating in the light.
  • A shattered glass or pottery mended with gold, (Japanese “kintsukuroi” style).
  • A scary monster under the bed that’s actually just a cricket. (Great for a children’s book idea).
  • Charlotte of “Charlotte’s Web”, dropping in with a message for you.

You see, these are all ideas precipitated by just one obscure quote, and more or less relevant, depending on your medium and genre of creativity. Feel free to share your interpretations and creations from this prompt.


EXAMPLE 2 – Conceptual Prompt and Process

Conceptual quotes to encourage our own thoughts to sprout into something more. For, after all, quotes are memes… “seed thoughts” to bigger ideas and concepts.

The following prompt is a quote with expanded ideation examples, and was the Day 1 prompt for our February 2019 30 Day Writing Challenge. Create your own or use any of these.

Example 2

Deep breaths… get still and quiet and contemplate this prompt. The breath can have profound effect on stilling your mind and opening channels.

  1. Take three long, slow, deep breaths in and out.
  2. Read the prompt out loud, if your environment allows; silently, if not.
    “To explore meaningful quotes and concepts more deeply is to pry open the portal to infinity.”
    ~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, cofounder-iCreateDaily
  3. Take three more long, slow, deep breaths in and out.
  4. Ask: what does this mean to me?
  5. Create whatever you’re inspired to using your chosen medium

Does any part of this quote immediately elicit ideas and inspiration? If ‘yes’, then start writing! If not, then you can ponder the meanings and concepts behind individual words within it.

Creative Ideas for Sample Prompt #2

E.g., You could CONTEMPLATE – “Pry open the portal to infinity.”

If no ideas comes to mind upon reading and thinking on the quote, you can dive deeper using any one or more of these ideas:

  • Define it – You could look up the definition and origins of the key words of your choice in the quote.
  • Find Meaning – Read the definitions of key words and see if any ideas develop from any of them.  Sometimes looking at the definitions and also latin origins can lead to ideation.
  • Ponder it – Ponder the deeper and expanded meanings as it relates to you and your life.
  • Fiction – If you’re writing fiction, any of the meanings or expressions could relate to your character/s.
  • Poetry – if you’re writing poetry or essays, it could be a springboard into your poem for the day.
  • Non-Fiction – If you’re practicing writing consistency in general, it could be more as it relates to you and your life.
    • ASK YOURSELF – any one or more of these questions to jumpstart your writing, relative to you or your characters, (if you’re writing fiction):
      • What is my next portal of opportunity?
      • What’s one thing I can do to pry open the portal to the realm of my dreams?
      • Relative to infinity, the struggles of the moment are tiny. If I live to be 110… I have ___ years ahead to see my dreams to fruition. Starting now, I will…
      • What within myself would I like to know more about… to explore more deeply?
      • Writers might ask, ‘What qualities or experiences would make this character I’m developing, deeper, more relatable, or more mysterious?

Chances are, at some point in this process you will find yourself inspired with additional thoughts and ideas. Don’t get bogged down in deciding which prompt elaboration to choose. Close your eyes and see where your roving finger falls is you must.

What’s most important is that you just start creating. Even if you don’t know what you’ll create or where it will end up, claim a word, such as ‘portal’ or ‘infinity’, and just start. There is power in momentum.


Creative prompts are like word association games. E.g., If I say:

  • ‘Sky’ – you say ‘blue’
  • ‘Wind’ – you say ‘trees’
  • ‘Water’ – you say ‘rain’
  • ‘Sun’ – you say ‘hot’
  • etc.

Take the first word, aspect or concept that comes to mind and run with it.

Like seedlings in spring, run with whichever idea springs forth with the most vigor and focus on creating around that. E.g., you could:

  • Create an imaginary story around it.
  • Create a sketch or piece of art around the concept.
  • Consider where there might be portals of opportunity in your life, etc.

There’s so much more that could be said, but we don’t want to over “fertilize” your own ideation process with ours. It will be fun to see and hear the things you create!

However, should you want to read more on Ideation Tools,

BUT… only read it if you need it now. Otherwise, best to create without delay!


We’d love to have you join us for future creators challenges. If you’re interested, you can sign up for that here:

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Conceptual prompts help us get to know ourselves as hidden thoughts come to life.
~LeAura Alderson,

Intuitive Creativity

“Okay, swell, but how does this help me develop creative intuition?”

The more you do this the more you will discover. As you work your intuitive muscle, you will discover that it will respond whenever you beckon. The more you listen, the more it will talk to you.

Consider the quote example above. Without it, chances are you may never have contemplated that place inside of you, right?

Just the fact of pondering deeply on concepts is one key toward opening the door to your own creative intuition. The more you practice, the easier your access.

The more you ponder deeply, listen and act on what surfaces, the more you develop your creative intuition. The more you listen to your intuitive voice, the more familiar will you be with your sense of self.

Cultivating creative intuition invokes the presence of soul. Breathe in-to-it… and breath out your creation.
~LeAura Alderson,

Intuitive Art

Invocations, affirmations, and mantras work if you use them regularly and support them with daily conscious action.

If you’re interested in developing more of your own intuitive art through the use of conceptual prompts, you may enjoy the iCreateDaily Intuitive Art Journals.

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