I just described myself to myself as feeling “writey” so I decided a blog post was in order.
I spend all day every day in front of a computer screen, writing about cars, car dealerships, and trying to come up with new ideas for how to sell cars to the populace of America through the subtle art of advertisement.
This is exhausting work and doesn’t leave me with much energy for my own creative writing. And that totally bums me out.
I feel like I’ve been in somewhat of a creative rut lately, because not only do I lack the energy to actually sit down and write even a blog post most days, but I also feel like I wouldn’t even know what to write if I tried.
So this past weekend, my husband and I decided to get ourselves outside, connect with nature, and engage ourselves in other creative ways. We grabbed our cameras, hopped into the car, and drove down to a nature preserve not far from where we live. This turned out to be exactly what I needed.
Whenever I feel stunted in my favorite form of creative expression (writing), I find that it is always helpful to take a step back, take a break, and do other (usually creative) things. Getting outside and connecting with nature is a great way for me sort of disconnect and recharge my creative juices. Nature is very stimulating for me. It interacts with my curiosity, my passion, and my inner child, and as such, helps me to get in touch with my creativity.
I also find that when I step away from writing and focus on other creative hobbies, I’m able to come back with a refreshed attitude and creative outlook. Photography is not an art that I consider myself to be talented in. But I really like taking pictures. It helps me gain new perspectives, take closer looks, appreciate smaller things, and see things in ways that I’ve never seen them before. So naturally, it’s a really helpful way to spark the creative energy I need to not only get through my work day, but also focus on my personal creative writing endeavors.
So, if you’re finding yourself stuck in a creative rut, do not fret. Just take a step back and relax. Maybe try going outside and connecting with nature. Go people watching. Try exercising some of your other creative muscles. Allow yourself to be bad at something. Or try something new and discover other talents you never knew you had. Get new perspectives. Dig deep for appreciation of the little things. Let your inner child come out to play.
Whatever you do, let it be something you enjoy. let it be something that helps you unwind and let go of your stress. Let it be something that frees you of the constant pressure you are putting on yourself, because once that pressure is relieved, you might find subtle improvements in yourself, and in your work that you might not otherwise have noticed. Or you might find a new take on things that gives you the ability to reach a goal that you were struggling to achieve. Or you might make a break through on a new creative idea. Who knows what sort of things you might be capable of when you break free from your creative rut.
I hope you found this post to be helpful. If anyone has any other ideas or methods for how to het out of a creative rut, let me know in the comments below 🙂