How To Get Your Creativity Back On Track
A lot of people in the writing-focused Facebook groups I am in have mentioned they’re depressed and don’t feel like writing. One of the most common questions asked is, “How can I get my creativity back on track?”
What I have found is the advice one person gives doesn’t always work for someone else. You must try many different things to find what works for you.
Here is a list of different tactics you can try to get your creativity back on track:
- Take a walk, exercise, go outdoors, or run errands. Movement can help spark your creativity.
- Take a hiatus. Take as long as you need. A hiatus can last from a few hours to years. I took one for four years, from 2013 until 2017. The four-year break gave me fire and passion to not give up on my writing. I was so tired of not writing that I needed to write.
- Work on another creative task: baking, cake decorating, sewing, cross stitching, knitting, crocheting, drawing, sketching, playing an instrument, singing, redesigning a website, using Photoshop or graphic design software, or whatever you feel like doing. Often, doing another activity can kick-start your creativity somewhere else.
- Set an amount of time to allow yourself to feel blocked, then force yourself to get out of the slump and work again. Allow yourself time to sulk, but don’t let it control you.
- Write down your fears and worries on a piece of paper, then rip it into tiny pieces and burn it safely. Don’t burn down your house or the neighborhood. This can be very freeing and help you let go of those feelings.
- Force yourself to work on your creative activity for five minutes, and five minutes only. Don’t count the time you spend thinking about your project or staring at a blank screen (or your equivalent). It has to be five minutes of actual work. If you don’t feel like continuing after those five minutes, you can stop. Often, working for five minutes will inspire you to do more.
- Promise yourself a reward for reaching a goal related to the project. For example, eat a chocolate bar if you write 1,000 words. Sweets can be an excellent motivator to keep you writing. Smaller rewards, like a square of chocolate for every 200 words takes more discipline to enforce but might work better for you.
- Finally, work on a small project you know you can complete. A sense of accomplishment increases your endorphins and can catapult you out of your depression. These projects can be anything, such as folding the laundry and putting it away by 5 p.m. Anything that will give you a sense of completion.
I have used most of these at some point in time. Some work better than others. Try everything and find what works for you.
What strategies work for you? Share them below in the comments!