It’s difficult to explain creativity. The process of capturing your ideas, getting them on paper or onto your computer, is a unique skill that certainly doesn’t come easily to all. If you are fortunate enough to make a living from your creative talent which brings you joy, the constant demand for your talent can occasionally cause your creative flow to dry up.
Sometimes a little stress is a great motivator for creativity, but if it’s all too much, your ideas seem to vanish. And as most creatives are perfectionists with their work—this isn’t a good place to be.
No matter how tough creative drought may seem, before you know it, ideas will come flooding back to you. Whether you’re currently struggling for ideas, or fancy safeguarding yourself for the next time you’re struggling for inspiration, here are some tips to help you rediscover your creativity
Don’t beat yourself up
If we could constantly perform at one hundred percent we wouldn’t be human. Every professional, creative or not, is likely to suffer the occasional dip in form—and creative jobs are no different. We can set our expectations too high at times; whenever we look at other’s projects, we only see their best work—we don’t see all the things they’ve discarded and the many projects they weren’t happy to share.
Take a break
Sometimes, we keep chipping away in frustration for so long that we can’t see the wood through the trees. Creativity never really works when it’s forced; if you’re not “feeling it” right now, that’s okay, take a day or two off to recharge.
Try new things
Creativity can come from anywhere. With all your focus dedicated to your niche area, this doesn’t leave much room for new ideas to influence your work. So next time you’re invited to something you don’t really fancy, why not give it a go? You may just return with a spring in your step and a rejuvenated mind, filled with ideas.
Go back to the beginning
When was the moment the “lightbulb” went off? That moment when you knew you had to be a designer, artist, musician or any over creative profession, Was it a book you read? A gig you went to? A holiday you enjoyed? Rediscover it, listen to it, watch it, whatever it was, rejoice in it again; it may bring back some motivation and ideas. It might not have been a good place, maybe you were at a soul-draining job that you couldn’t wait to leave? Whether it was a good time or a bad one, looking back at the path you took to get the career of your choice might just re-ignite your creative spark.
So stay upbeat, don’t obsess over this temporary slump, as it will soon pass by.
You’ll be creating your best work again in no time at all.