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?