Look at me. Hitting you with fresh content once again. The creative juices are flowing and I’m on a roll. I’m clearly an intellectual and creative powerhouse, am I right or am I right?
Truth be told, I’m someone who hasn’t felt like writing for a while.
Motivational block is extremely frustrating, because it’s not that I’ve been creatively bankrupt. My mind has been whizzing as much as it always has. My brain has a habit of taking tiny insignificant moments, and using them as a catalyst for deep, extended thought on topical subjects. It can go on for weeks and weeks. It will only stop once I’ve written it down.
These messy notes, jotted down in a hurried frenzy in the nearest phone or notepad, eventually become the more structured pieces of writing you see on this blog…when I push ahead and make it happen, that is.
We can’t be inspired all the time, but we can help ourselves get back into the swing of things when creativity slumps.
Sometimes a fear of failure is what is truly behind motivational block, and the only way to get over that is to, put simply: do it. Just do it. Don’t let your dreams be dreams. Faking it until you make it can help push you into productivity.
It’s easier said than done, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to keep going once you’ve started. As they say, you can work with bad writing; but you can’t work with a blank page. Make a habit out of free writing – just start by writing about your day. Try not to think about what you’re writing and whether it flows well. Understand that it doesn’t need to be perfect the first time around. It’s a creative process for a reason.
Then there’s looking elsewhere for inspiration. Nothing is worse for creativity and motivation than being stuck in the same old places, day in and day out. You need to get yourself out there. Whether it’s a day trip to a new town, or simply a walk in the woods – look at something new, and you may think of something new.
It sucks when you have so many ideas, but no drive to make them reality. I’ve learnt the best thing you can do when you find yourself in this state is to practice patience, continue living and learning; and welcome back your urge to create with open arms once it finally comes back with a bang!