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Where did all my creative go?

Creative peeps, what do you do when you've hit a creativity slump? This is not the worst slump I've ever been in - I still have creative ideas. They just aren't my best work, I feel unorganized and I'm not as motivated as usual. Big bummer.

I've thought about why this is and how it is different from the other time I was in a creative slump years ago. I've also come up with some ideas to work on sparking my creativity again. I know I have great ideas down in there - I just need to coax them out.
1. I think part of the solution will be for me to take some time to do creative things with no intention of blogging them. It's tough because I get trapped in this mindset that everything I make has to be bloggable. I think that is an unhealthy place to be - it stifles my creativity and energy. 

2. The second part of my solution is a commitment to read a lot of books this summer. Aka get off the internet. Quit browsing Pinterest and quit comparing myself to all the amazing creatives out there. Also, reading is a creative outlet but it isn't visual, which could help me. I feel a bit inundated with the amount of visual stimulation there is on the Internet. Reading is a different part of my creativity - it forces me to create my own visuals. It also triggers emotions and thoughts that could lead to new energy for my creative juices. 

3. The last part of working on this will be creative exercises. I am going to try to do projects based on prompts or new craft genres (new to me). Maybe using something like these creative exercise ideas.  I welcome any suggestions for this!

I would also like to gift more creative projects but that's a story for another day. There are so many things I could do but I want to keep a narrow focus. What do you do in this situation? Any suggestions?

5 comments:

Elena Rosa Brown May 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM  

Man, I know the feeling!

If you're constantly focusing on producing things for a blog creativity can be compromised. The end goal isn't the joy of creating, but your blog.

Turn off your computer. Try new things. Do things for fun. Your readers can put up with a 'quiet' period. And if you're worried they'll bail, just keep them updated with 'works in progress'. Trust me, people want quality over quantity.

Happy creative trails! Keep us updated.

x Elena @ Randomly Happy

Vanessa May 16, 2013 at 7:14 AM  

Oh man, I totally know where you're coming from! It's tough pouring creativity out on demand, all the time. You add in taking pictures, writing tutorials and maintaining a blog...it's downright exhausting! I'm going to try to get off all the screens and pick up a book more often too.

As for suggestions, you could always do round ups or guest posts if you're taking a break from crafting on your blog but want to keep up new material.

I've got no doubt you'll get your creativity mojo back! :)

Diane Gilleland May 16, 2013 at 8:25 AM  

Oh, yes... the pressure to blog can really bring about those creative slumps. It sounds like you have a wonderful recovery program in the works. My only suggestions would be: be super nice to yourself at all times, and give yourself permission to do absolutely nothing anytime that's what you feel like doing.

(Which reminds me that blogging breaks are a wonderful thing, and they really can't hurt you in terms of your future plans. Your readers will understand! I know because I'm one of them.) :-)

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain May 27, 2013 at 2:23 PM  

Such great ideas! I've had such a hard time getting back into anything after my vacation. I thought it would be the opposite, but maybe it just means I need a bit more family time :)

Erica June 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM  

I hope you're doing well, girl! I've changed my creative outlook too. I used to try to create lots of fresh new things for my blog all the time.

Now, I'm teaching myself to sew. Since, I'm not creating so many tutorials, I'm able to create things I want to make freely and showcase my finished projects. It's been a nice change. :)

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