Hello lovelies, well I have a bit of a confession to make I have been stuck in a creative drought for quite some time. It started off as just procrastinating and feeling a little low in confidence about the work I was creating but I didn't really pick up on it and have now found myself with a case of creative block ( clearly not just something writers that get it then huh!)
So after making plenty of excuses as why I was finding it tough to create work , and coming up with convoluted schemes to enable my inactivity ( who knew you could take days to plan out a way to clean the oven!) I have accepted the fact that I need to take responsibility for my lack of inspiration/ motivation and am preparing for the hard work that is sometimes needed to get my creative groove back on!
Part of this process means really engaging with what it is that makes me feel creative, so I thought I’d share my list of my top 5 ways to instigate inspiration.
1 Drawing/ Sketching - well as you can see from my little illustration above, I am no draftsman but sketching and doodling are two activities that I really enjoy and never fail to engage me with my creativity. Sometimes just the process of drawing can ignite an idea or design that may not be even related to the thing that I'm drawing
2 Listening to music - ok so this one may be a little cheesy but I really find music inspiring, sometimes if I'm listing to music whilst doing housework or travelling around I have to stop whatever I'm doing and write down the idea that has been instigated by the music I’m listing too
3 - Watching costume dramas - I am a complete sucker for a good costume drama from old favourites like the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice or Vanity Fair to more recent productions like The Crimson Petal in the White, There is something about being taken away to a bygone age that really gets me feeling inspired and the costumes and set designs are always such a visual treat .
4 Going for a run- I am a bit of newbie when it comes to running, having only started last year and am not particularly strict on my running routine but I can vouch for the fact that some of my best ideas have come whilst I have been running and on the days that I go out I find that I have more energy to apply to my creative endeavours
5 Just do it- Sometimes I find I just have to get on with it rather than waiting for the flash of inspiration to hit me . I think when a creative rut appears it’s easy to be scared off but from personal experience I find that the more time passes the harder it feels to get back to creating work. Sometimes just by creating something and not worrying what the outcome will be like or whether it will be 'any good' it can break that cycle of creative block and helps to get me back in the swing of things.
So it’s now time for me to practice what I preach and get back to enjoying my creativity and being my creative productive self. Hope you have all had a super weekend xxx