My Creative Rut
I'm going to be honest with you, I've recently been in a creative rut. Sometimes, it felt like I was trying to scrape the bottom of the barrel to come up with an idea. As much as I’d love for creativity to be this continuously flowing source that never ever dries up, unfortunately it sometimes does. You know the feeling...no matter what you try, something just feels off and forced. I want to share with you what I like to do and keep in mind when I’m going through a creative rut:
Remember what you are passionate about.
Never write about something that is popular or you feel pressured to do. People will notice when you are genuinely passionate about what you write and know if it’s authentic. If it doesn’t interest you, don’t write about it. It's that simple
Connect with other creatives.
Making connections is very important because we are all a part of a community no matter what creative medium you practice. That’s one of the best things about blogging (or any other hobby) is the community you get to be a part of. You meet people with different styles and personalities. Personally, I like to gather inspiration from different people's views. There is bound to be a Facebook group that is a platform for people who love to do exactly what you love to do. Because of this, I recently had the chance to attend a blogger meet-up at Pinot's Palette sponsored by a locally made chocolate business, Bedré Chocolate ( seriously the best chocolate I've had). This is a chance for you to network with other bloggers and just have fun with a great group of creatives (plus drink wine & eat all the chocolate you can eat)! It was my first blogger meet up and it was so fun to connect with ladies who blog just like me but have different interests and backgrounds.
Do things you enjoy.
For me, I like to visit art museums, spend time with friends, paint, read magazines, listen to music, watch my favorite movie (Breakfast at Tiffany's)…you get the picture. All of these things make it easier for me to get back in the “zone” and I often easily find inspiration when doing these. You will be surprised how easy things start firing off in your head. I like to keep a "notepad" in my phone started for anything that pops up so that way, I can go back and refer to them later.
Take a break.
For me, taking a break is crucial to keep me grounded and sane. I like to take every weekend pretty much to just disconnect and take a break from the social media and blogging world. It’s so easy to get caught up with working that you just forget to take time for yourself and enjoy the little things. You’ll probably have your best idea when you’re disconnected!
Take a SNOOZE
A nap never hurt nobody. Actually, it will probably help you wake up fresh and with a clear mind. We work and work and sometimes we sacrifice our rest. We just can't operate like that, I mean, I can't. If you feel like you're mind is a bit "foggy", sleep it off.