Thursday, 18 September 2014

How To Get Out Of A Creative Rut


I'm sure it has happened to the best of us (if not, then consider yourself one of the lucky ones!)
 
Good ol' creative block. It likes to present itself at the most awkward of times, at the most important of times or just simply for no real reason at all. Whether you're a blogger, an artist, just a content creator in general; here are just some of the things that I find help get the creativity/inspiration flowing again.

Fresh air : Move! Chances are, you've been sat staring at your screen or a blank piece of paper for quite some time. Take a step back, breathe deeply, put your shoes on and get outside. You don't necessarily need to run a 5k, but a brisk stroll will clear your mind and you may even find inspiration en route. 

Read blogs : there are blogs out there on just about every subject. Whether you're a blogger or not, have a look at your all time favourites, some new ones; make a mental note of what you like (or maybe dislike) about certain aspects. What you enjoy reading, looking at; and try take some inspiration from that (read : inspiration, not copy - never copy)

Visual/verbal mood board : websites like Pinterest & Tumblr are wonderful for coming up with new ideas. Make a board specifically on styles, ideas, just things you that please you visually. You may find a theme developing. If you're a writer, open a new post and just type whatever falls out of your brain - if it's a load of shit, it doesn't matter! Pull your ideas together and you may just find a gem hidden amongst it. 


Physical mood board : this is my personal favourite. If I'm artistically stuck, I find there's nothing better than getting my hands on something and experimenting for the sake of experimenting. My Smashbook is an example of sticking and creating something from nothing, as is my Wreck This Journal. Of course you can just grab a blank notebook and express yourself however you like - but if you have blank page fear (it's a thing), the above may help you get started. 

Make a mess : I sometimes find sparks of genius in madness - so make a mess. Let whatever emotional, physical, overwhelming stress that is holding you back, out onto a piece of paper or digitally online. No one has to see it; just go nuts. Throw some paint at a canvas, type nonsense until your fingers hurt - let it all out.

Be prepared : when your creativity comes bounding back to you (as it will, rest assured) take full advantage! I have a handful of titles & drafts in Blogger of posts I may want to create at some point - some are rubbish and will never see the light of day but others may eventually show their faces. Jot down your ideas as the come to you in whatever form is easiest (Blogger, iPhone notes, Post-Its), then, you'll always have at least one back-up while you're out searching for more ideas.

What are your tips for getting out of a creative rut?
xo


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23 comments

  1. Such lovely idea's! I find I really go through up's and down's with inspiration so when I'm in the right mood I plan as far ahead as possible! I often find that a walk around boots swatching and browsing the new make up always helps to inspire me too! x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

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    1. That's a great idea for beauty bloggers! :) I normally just have a good look through what I already own and see if it sparks any ideas xx

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  2. Great post - thank you for the ideas!

    Ioanna | www.hearting.co.uk

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    1. You're more than welcome! Glad you liked them :) xx

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  3. I often struggle with writer's block, both blog-wise and in my work, mainly because of a fear of producing something that is not perfect on the first try. But I try to keep in mind that it doesn't have to be the finished product immediately - write something, anything, and persevere. It'll get the creative juices flowing, and the more you exercise your writing, the easier it'll become :) Also, keep a notebook & pen on you at all times - you never know when inspiration might strike!

    ::marina::
    http://marinaoftherocks.wordpress.com

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    1. I'm very similar with the fear of failure, but I agree, practice makes perfect - so important to keep going :) thank you for sharing your tips! xx

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  4. Mood boards are a great idea! I like to make a kind of virtual one through Tumblr.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes! Tumblr is perfect :) there's always something pretty & unusual to find on there xx

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  5. what a great article, I suffer so badly from this, I blog for about 2 weeks constantly then get completely blogged out. I like a lot of these suggestions especially the physical mood board as i find sometimes computers just a bot too impersonal xx

    www.legolouboutins.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Donna :) I really love my Smashbook - even if it's just for collecting memories, it's a handy thing to have! Highly recommend them xx

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  6. Great post, thanks for sharing xx

    http://ourstorycanresume.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. I totally agree on fresh air! Whenever I'm 'stuck in a rut' I go out for a 30 minute or so walk in my local park and it makes such a difference - I come back feeling energised and ready to work!

    Shona x

    http://shonarose.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Exactly! :) it works wonders, doesn't it? xx

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  8. I love the look of your Smashbook, I really want to create something like that!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  9. Love this! I find that when I feel unmotivated the best is to change location as you said! Then time flies and I've done loads! ;) xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

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  10. Great tips! Couldn't agree more about going out and living life - always give you something to blog about if you experience something!

    Cat from Outside Beauty Inside Health

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  11. Thankyou for the brilliant ideas! I find I go through stages of having loads of ideas for content then absolutely non at all so jotting them down when they strike really is key for me. :)
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    katedruryy.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I've always wanted to try the smash books! They look so fun!
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

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  13. I love these ideas! I've definitely been in a creative rut when it comes to my blog lately.

    I've heard of Smashbooks before but I never really knew what they were. I'm definitely going to have to get one for my study abroad trip since I haven't done anything with all of the tickets and things I kept!

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  14. Awesome ideas! I'm going through a little creative rut at the moment, so this really helps!

    Sofia | palelily.blogspot.com

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  15. This is completely unrelated to the post but is that an Outlook festival wristband in your photograph?!

    allthatshimmers.co.uk xo

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  16. I have been totally uninspired lately, and then your Instagram sparked something off inside soooo thank you for that my love. x

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