You can’t ask your creativity to pay the bills. If it does, great. Wonderful even, but you can’t be demanding your spark to be bright enough for you. (paraphrased excerpt of Big Magic)
I read this book in May called Big Magic by the woman who wrote Eat, Pray, Love and what resonated with me was how Gilbert explains that you are not in charge of your creativity. It is free to leave you if you do not work it to it’s liking. Since creating this blog, I’ve been exercising my creativity harder than ever. And like muscles, my creativity has become stronger over time. But, in addition to this blog, my major has a creative spin on it which can create the problem of burning out my creative light. And this happens… to us all. And our creativity can’t be commanded or demanded like Gilbert expresses, but it can be prodded through the right environment. So today I am rounding up my ways that I coax my creativity to come out of hiding.
Changing the Environment
Do you always write in a coffee shop, paint in your room, edit your pictures in your bed? Lately I’ve been writing all my blog posts at home in my room, which worked great for the first several posts, but there’s only so much creativity that can be summoned while looking at my gray walls. That’s why lately I’ve been switching it up and I’ve found that to be extremely helpful. Just sitting in a new atmosphere (public library, parks, pools, Starbucks, etc.) can be like a breath of fresh air.
Listening to Your Creativity
For me, I’ve been writing a mix of fashion, travel, and lifestyle posts. Right now I’ve been pulling straws to try and find some inspiration for fashion & travel posts. My style game is so much stronger in the colder months than the summer and so that just adds to the creative block. I enjoy reading lifestyle, (I think it’s because I’m nosey) I want to see what people are eating, working out with, and doing as a routine in the morning. So, I had to take a step back and see that at the moment lifestyle writing comes easier. After thinking “why make it harder on yourself?” it just made sense. It works for me and that’s what matters. If someone can’t seem to come up with a catchy slogan for advertising class but can vividly see how the layout should be, why wouldn’t they switch gears while the motivation is there? Listen to what your creativity is telling you and run with it.
Talk to Others
Sometimes no matter what you do or how hard you meditate begging your creativity to emerge, it’s not happening. When this happened to me, I called up a friend of mine who is an amazing photographer and we had lunch. We didn’t even talk about my blog or her photography that much, but just sitting with someone who thinks on the same side of the brain as you can do wonders. If you don’t have people like that or you’re in the “I rather not speak to a soul today” mood (I get you!) look up some inspiration on YouTube! It’s easy to change your mindset when you have someone on your laptop speaking out to the point where you just wanna say “Yes girl! You get me!”
I’m always up to hear how you tell your creativity to get a move on. Let me know!