Ahh creativity, what a fickle bitch she is! We’ve all had those moments, we sit down to write or draw and the very moment you sit down it just kind of disappears, poof, gone in the blink of an eye. The moments gone and you’re left feeling empty and sad inside. This has happened to me a lot recently with my writing however I’ve been way ahead of schedule with my paintings and it got me thinking.
Why is creativity so fickle and what can I do to inspire myself?
I’ve been more productive than I have ever been recently, last week I put 5 new paintings up in my Etsy store and 2 more have already gone up so far this week. I sat down and wrote out 22 new blog post ideas I’ve had whizzy around in this old noggin’ and planned tweet schedules and giveaways. Yet when it comes to actually writing my blog posts, my creativity and focus goes out the window. Am I using it up in too many other ways and spreading myself too thinly? Or is it one of those ‘use it or lose it’ moments? Honestly? I think it’s a bit of both.
So in an attempt to help you guys (and give this post some kind of direction, lol!) I’ve put together a couple of points I find help me be more creative. Little reminders if you will, for when you’re feeling a bit uninspired, uninterested and generally fed up of the same routines.
Creativity inspires creativity.
I know you’re thinking, but the problem IS getting creativity in the first place, but bare with me. When I’m actually doing the things I’m trying to do, such as painting or writing or taking photo’s, I actually find myself becoming more and more inspired. It’s like you have to be in it, to win it. It’s hard to get back into a rhythm once you are out of it, but consistently putting aside time for something really helps. If you struggle with this I’d suggest just taking 10 minutes of your day to do that one thing. Writing? Just write down what you’ve done for the day, your feelings, your thoughts, your plans for the day. Drawing? Sketching in a note pad what you see around you, your dreams, your dog. Photography? Take photo’s of things you wouldn’t normally take photos of on your way to work or school, turn the camera upside down, change the lens. Just doing it for 10 minutes could spark so much more than not doing it, even if it isn’t the thing you set out to do in the first place. I always find when I actually just do that one thing, I get more and more into it as time goes on and I end up doing loads more than I intended to.
Take a break.
This is equally important. I get really anxious and stressed and trying to do something creative when your mind is going 8 thousand miles a minute is almost as impossible as actually going 8 thousand miles a minute. Taking a break from everything and having time to relax, calm and relieve the pressure is equally as important as anything else. I often find when I just take a bath and have some time out mindlessly watching YouTube, my brain will ping like a cartoon with a brilliant idea or blog post title. It’s like when you can’t remember something and as soon as you distract yourself and stop thinking about it, it pops into your head.
Broaden your horizons.
Take inspiration from everything around you. I’ve been reading a lot of books recently and they have really inspired me. This is something that I NEVER did or made time for and since starting I’ve bought magazines, done book swaps with people and generally just given my brain time to imagine. Now this could be anything, it could be walking a different way home from work, watching a new TV series and falling in love with the colours or soundtrack. It could be as simple as buying a new item of clothing or going somewhere new for lunch, literally anything can spark creativity in you if you move outside of your comfort zones. It’s super important to experiment to gain new avenues of creativity.
Do you have any tips or suggestions for keeping creativity in your work? Please share them with me as I’d love to know what motivates you! I really hope this helped in some way and wasn’t just a rambley mess!