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 to help get myself out of a creative slump.
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.
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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.
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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 awhile, 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.
I want to know – what do you do to get out of a creative slump?
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