What do you do when you aren’t feeling creative? Sometimes I’ve been working on a project for so long, I just totally lose interest- like I don’t even like anything I’m creating anymore. Quitting isn’t an option, so what do you do to refresh and get back on track? Here, in no particular order, are a few of my favorite go-to’s when I’m feeling dry.
1) Talk with a fellow creative and ask for encouragement.
In today’s world, we are all supposed to be self-sufficient and independent (especially if you are a woman). Guess what- I’m going to let you in on a secret? That’s bulls=&*. We are human beings created to be with one another- to learn from one another and to care for one another. In reference to the world, we are in the minority when it comes to not being a communal culture. What am I saying? Go ask for help for goodness sake. When I’m feeling discouraged, I pick up the phone and shoot a text to one of my fellow photographers and ask for encouragement, advice, and constructive criticism. Without fail I feel better after talking with her. Truly. Try it- I dare you.
2) Step away from the computer. (or canvas or whatever medium you use to create)
Go grab a latte or a steaming hot cup of tea and take a minute (or 5 hours) to clear your head. Read a good book or take a long shower: all things that help me immensely.
3) Browse Pinterest.
While it can be our arch-nemesis, sometimes looking at Pinterest and into someone else’s creativity can re-spark your own. Looking at image after image of what other people have done can be really helpful- just don’t let it be a discouragement. Whoever posted that perfect looking living room with matching décor probably took half a year to decide what they wanted and then another half a year to re-decide what they wanted- then they cleaned the house and snapped a photo and then it was clean for another .2 seconds before their 2 year old threw Cheerios everywhere- I promise.
These are just a few things that I try to do when I need a little creative pick me up. Do you have anything that helps you? Feel free to leave your comments below and we can all help a fellow-creative out! Now, go get that latte and call someone!