I love writing, and typically any writing I do for either my business or myself personally tends to flow pretty easily. But there are definitely days where I sit down at my computer to write and there are just no creative juices flowing. I guarantee just about everyone working in a creative industry has found themselves in a creative slump before, and it seriously sucks. Here are a few methods I use for how to be more creative and to help get myself out of a creative slump.
HOW TO BE MORE CREATIVE
Step Away From the Work
Literally, the first thing I do when I find myself in the midst of a creative slump is to step away. Forcing the creativity when it just isn’t happening is super ineffective, at least for me. I just direct my focus elsewhere and forget about my writing for a bit.
Now I realize this is easy for me to say because as someone with a full-time job who only writes as a side-hustle, I’m not reliant on the income I get from my writing. If your creative work is also your sole source of income, it’s obviously a bit harder for you to put it on the backburner. But at the very least I recommend taking a day off and letting your brain rest and recharge.
Physical activity, for me at least, is such a great way to clear my head. It’s great for stress relief because it’s when I tend to flush out things that are bothering me, and by the time I’m finished with my walk or run I’m also usually bubbling over with ideas. Something about getting outside and getting your blood flowing just does wonders for creativity!
Eliminate the Pressure
Writing has been a favorite hobby of mine literally forever. As a kid, I loved writing stories, and I carried that with me all through life. However as soon as you start making an income from your creative hobby, there is suddenly some pressure associated with it and it no longer becomes the best form of stress relief.
When I’m in a creative slump with writing and the pressure starts to build, I like to put the business aside and get back to my roots, writing something that is just for me and that no one else will ever read. If nothing else it’s a way to start getting words on paper again, even if you aren’t writing something you’ll actually be able to use for your work.
Find a Change of Scenery
I tend to always do my blogging from the same spot in my apartment. Typically the same old scenery every day doesn’t bother me, and I don’t find it killing my creativity. But once in a while, if I’m really deep in a creative slump, I like to mix things up by writing somewhere else. When the weather is nice, I like to take my computer outside and write from my balcony. If you aren’t easily distracted by noise, you might also hit up a local coffee shop to get some creative work done. The atmosphere can be really energizing and might help get your creative juices flowing.
Tackle the Non-Creative Tasks
As much as we’d love to just let our creativity naturally find its way back, that isn’t always the case, and work needs to get done in the meantime. In addition to my writing, there are also a lot of administrative tasks associated with running an online business. If you’re in a creative slump, now is a great time to make a dent in some of those less-exciting tasks that don’t require as much creativity as the core of your creative business.
On the flip side, when my creative juices are flowing, I push everything else aside and pump out as much content as my creativity will allow. Since I know I’ll eventually hit another creative block this is a great way to take advantage of the creativity when it’s at its peak.
Stop Consuming Content
I know a lot of people in the midst of a creative slump like to look for inspiration in other content, whether it be Pinterest or other blogs they follow. I used to do this as well, but I’ve actually found that’s not the best strategy for me.
I love reading other blogs, but there was a time where I was reading WAY too many other blogs and spending too much time consuming content. And I found that when it was time to write my own content, I would hit a creative block. I had a hard time separating my own ideas and own voice from the other bloggers I was reading, and I struggled to come up with content that felt original. I also felt like my posts had none of my own personality because I just wanted my content to “fit in”.
It might seem counterintuitive, but if you’re struggling to stay creative, STOP consuming other content! It will create more room for your own creativity to flourish.
Connect With Other Creatives
While I find consuming other creative content hurts my creativity, connecting with other creatives is GREAT for boosting my creativity! Just talking with and bouncing ideas off of other creatives gets my creative juices flowing big time and I feel super energized when I leave those conversations.
If you don’t feel like you have other creatives in your life to connect with, scope out some Facebook groups. There are SO many Facebook groups for creatives and online business owners to connect, ask questions, share ideas, find collaborations, etc.
Find a Creative Hobby
I love that I have a creative hobby that also allows me to make some extra money. But sometimes that pressure to make money suddenly makes blogging feel less fun and like less of a hobby. I find that having a creative hobby with ZERO pressure attached to it is a great way to boost my creativity!
This might also be a great opportunity to try something new! Since writing was my big creative hobby before starting a blog, I had to look outside the box to find other creative hobbies. For me, even something as basic as writing something outside of my blog, like in a journal, essay or short story, is a way to take the pressure off because I know no one is ever going to read it.
Be Okay With Imperfection
For the longest time, I would spend more time editing my blog posts than I did writing them. I wanted them to be perfect. Except there’s NO such thing as perfect, and all I was doing during the editing process was taking out every piece of my voice and my personality until my posts sounded like literally anyone could have written them.
This whole process was so disheartening for me and really killed my creativity, but I did it because I wanted my blog to sound “professional”. But I’ve definitely learned that my content can be professional, while still being personal to be and leaving room for my own creativity.
Being able to write really creatively and openly inspires me even MORE and boost my creativity to keep writing great content.
BEFORE YOU GO
Getting into a creative slump SUCKS, especially when you’ve got a business or side hustle that relies on your creativity! These tips for how to be more creative will definitely help with those blocks. I would also love for you to leave me a comment and let me know what YOU do to get out of a creative slump!
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