One of the biggest challenges of being a creator is to keep the inspiration going. When the faucet of ideas stops we call that writer’s block. Writer’s block isn’t just one thing. It’s anything that stops us from moving forward on whatever we are working on. Writers and artists/creators all get bouts of a lack of inspiration or motivation. So how do you get rid of writer’s block? How do you keep motivated and inspired?
Life after the Pandemic has added to the stress for creatives, artists, and writers. Creatives were already fighting the stresses of normal life to stay inspired and productive and the newest chaos of the world hasn’t helped. Concerns about safety, jobs, politics and the foreboding of the world is weighing us creatives down. So, with that in mind, I decided to list some ideas to hopefully help inspire and give creatives tools to deal with the challenge of staying motivated and creative.
So here are 8 Ways to battle writer’s block and stay motivated
1. UNPLUG – FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
The goal of most websites and blogs is to have you consume their content. But honestly, for creatives, the world wide web and social media can easily be your enemy. Try turning on a stopwatch next time you are online and see how much that monopolizes your time. It even takes your time when you are off of it. There is a chance something you read or saw on social media is going to take up some of that valuable real estate between your ears. Social media can be addicting and before you know it your whole day is gone. More and more social media has become a place of a lot of negativity. This can draw you into an emotional pit that drowns out any creativity. You want a clear and fresh brain to be creative. So try unplugging. Or a the very least try to find groups or sites that are specific for groups or encouragement.
2. WALK, EXERCISE OR MOVE
The brain needs oxygen. Getting the blood pumping is a great way to reset and work that cerebral muscle. It also can help combat stress, which may be one of the reasons you have your writer’s block / creative block.
3. MUSE / FRIENDS HELP WITH STAYING MOTIVATED
Artists tend to be extroverts, but human interaction (even in the time of Covid) is important for mental health and creativity. Phone calls, Zoom calls, and chats any way you can have interactions can help. Sometimes certain friends are great to bounce ideas off. Now be careful not to turn this into a time-waster. 5 hours of posting on social media won’t really help you create and write.
4. CLUTTER-FREE ENVIRONMENTS HELP CREATIVITY
If you are looking at fast-food wrappers, plates, unfolded clothes, or anything else then your mind is probably hopping around with no focus. Clear the visual slate of your environment. Find a corner free of clutter or go outside or clean. Do what you need to do to not be distracted by your environment.
5. MAKE A CREATIVE MIXTAPE
Music motivates us. It speaks to our hearts, our minds, and our creativity. Take advantage of that. You know what moves you. Try one of the many music sites and create a music playlist. Make various ones for various tasks. Sometimes you may need a mellow song list other you may need some adrenaline. Whatever does it for you, do it.
6. Writing Prompts to get the writing flowing
Writing prompts are a great way to get the writing flowing. There are a lot of sites and social media groups for writing prompts there are also books with writing prompts and activities in them.
7. Find Visual Inspiration
A picture can go a long way to inspiring us. I often create mood boards and image montages of anything I write. It gives me something to look at when I get lost on inspiration., Try a stock image site like Pexels.
8. Self Examine
Often the thing stopping us from writing is internal. Maybe something else is on our minds? Worry and distractions can stop of from being productive. Try making a list of all the things on your mind. A mind divided has a hard time focusing on the creative task. Sometimes taking care of our worries helps clear our brain space to work on our project.
All of these can be explored more and it’s by no means an exhaustive list but it may be just enough to get your creative juices going. So go let out your Burst of Imagination and create, write, build, perform and add your magic to the world.