We all know how fickle creativity can be. One minute you’re staring at the blank screen on your computer, feeling totally inspired and motivated. Suddenly, it’s an hour later and you’ve barely typed three words. It can be really frustrating when you set a lot of expectations for yourself but can’t fulfill them because your creativity seems to have dissipated. These are a few ways that I like to deal with my creative slumps. Hopefully they can be useful to you if you’re ever struggling with inspiration.
Whenever I’m going through a creative rut, Pinterest becomes my default source of inspiration. As everyone knows, Pinterest is basically a hub for creativity. You can find fun and innovative ideas in almost every niche, ranging from food to fashion to photography. Going on Pinterest during inspiration droughts can be really helpful for me. Seeing the creativity of other people somehow makes me ready to create. I especially like turning to Pinterest when I’m struggling with flatlays and blog photography. When I look at other bloggers’ work, it motivates me and sparks a bit of creativity.
I should mention that heading to Pinterest when you’re in need of inspiration might not be the right move for everyone. If you’re feeling particularly insecure about your creative lack, it’s probably not a good idea. The last thing you want to do during a time like this is start comparing yourself to other people. Drawing comparisons between your low and someone else’s high won’t make it any easier to create. If you think you’ll immediately start doing that, then I would actually avoid Pinterest. There are definitely good times to head to the platform and bad times to go on the platform. It’s all about knowing what kind of mindset you’re in and remembering that everyone goes through spurts of creativity.
Creativity droughts tend to affect me in different ways at different times. Some creative blocks make it impossible for me to write a blog post. Others stop me from taking good blog photos. Whenever I realize that I’ve hit a rough patch, I try to figure out what aspects of work I’m having a hard time with and focus on other things. For example, if I’m struggling to write decent posts, I may spend my time generating blog ideas rather than writing them. I’ll open up my planner and begin jotting down potential post topics. This allows me to do something productive even when I can’t find motivation or creativity. If you’re planner-oriented like me, it’ll probably work for you as well.
If blog post topics are something that cause you a lot of trouble, I recommend keeping a running list of post ideas somewhere. You can add things to it when you feel the inspiration strike and then use the ideas when the inspiration is gone. The notes section in the back of my planner has a few pages that I’ve devoted to blog ideas. It serves as a great resource in times of this nature.
One thing that I always do when I start to lose motivation or creativity is stress out. I set a lot of goals for myself, especially in blogging, so it can be frustrating and nerve-wracking when I don’t follow through with them because of something like a creative rut. It’s definitely a good idea for me to give myself a bit of time to unwind while I’m not feeling creative. Even if unwinding means getting non-creative things like cleaning or organizing done, it’s something that’s so incredibly necessary. Sometimes a creative block signifies that you need a break from whatever it is that you’re working on. It’s important to listen to what your head is telling you even if you don’t want to hear it.
Sometimes it’s best to take things one step at a time. A blog is a creative space, so it’s hard to produce content when the creativity isn’t there. Remember that you should be enjoying what you do on your blog. Forcing yourself to do something won’t give you the results you want unless you love doing it.
How do you work out of creative ruts?