All creators go through this phase. Nothing seems to inspire you. You’ve ran out of ideas and/or you may even be reproducing the same content over.. and over.. and over again. Sounds like you’re in a creative slump. So how do you get out of it?
There are multiple ways to get out of this unproductive state, but I’m here to give you 6 tips (conventional and unconventional) that have helped me overcome a creative slump.
1. Follow Inspirational Channels/Accounts
Probably the most obvious, but an extremely helpful tip is to follow inspirational channels. Wherever your interests may lie, follow those accounts! Whether it be in photography, fashion, cooking, writing, whatever, subscribe and follow the blogs, YouTube channels, Instagram or Pinterest accounts. People are powerful creatures, and even the most simple uploads can spark an idea.
My previous post Notes During the Mid-Day Shift: 11-4:30 pm was inspired by a picture from author, poet, mother, and self care advocate Alex Elle. I follow her on Instagram, Twitter, I’m subscribed to her podcast series, and every now and then I’ll read her blog another sunday As you can see I’m really into what she creates, which is also an important concept to consider: What is it about these people that draw you in? For me, Alex has a beautiful way with words and she uses photography to emphasize her writing. She’s also very authentic and open about many aspects of her personal and entrepreneur life. So, I’m drawn to her vulnerability and it gives me great ideas for topics regarding perseverance, change, acceptance etc.
2. Watch Your Favorite TV Shows/Movies
I’m not an avid TV watcher, but if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I did weekly reviews/recaps of Season 2 of Insecure (and will continue with recaps of Season 3 once it airs). If interested, click here to begin my recap/reviews of episodes 1 and 2
I LOVE ISSA RAE! I actually purchased her book The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl before I discovered the web series. After realizing how beautiful, pro-black, talented, funny, and awkward she really is, I fell in love with her creative mind. Insecure showcases multiple issues, challenges, and insecurities young Black and POC face on a daily basis. Plus the music playlists for each episode are bomb! So it’s a no brainer each episode gave me something to talk/write about. Find a TV show or movie that gives you the same excitement as Insecure gives me.
3. Think in a Well Lit Room
So this is definitely one of my unconventional tips, but for me, there’s something progressive about brainstorming in a well lit room. My house is very ill lit, but my living and dining room are the brightest in the house. The sun peaks through the blinds very easily and gives off a sense of peace. So, whenever I want to read, pray, journal, or brainstorm, if the weather permits, I’m sitting in my living room. I have a clear space and a clear mind to brainstorm new ideas.
4. Go Outside
Getting fresh air is always a great way to clear the mind, but I think it’s best to figure out why you’re going outside to get inspired. For example, I consider myself a photography enthusiast and I like for my Instagram to follow a neat, clean, and somewhat polished theme. So, a lot of my photos have some sort of white background with mostly neutral colors, but there will be a pop of color depending on the subject or background. Remember how I stated in tip 3 that my house was ill lit? This is why I go outside: to get inspired for pictures. Lately, I’ve been going to the same place, but I’m loving how the pictures turn out. So, I’ll probably keep returning until I decide to find a new area.
I like wearing white in my pictures often because I like the simplicity of the look behind the vibrant backgrounds
5. Write in a Prompt Journal
I’ve been writing in a prompt journal for 5 months once a week. Feel free to write in a prompt journal as often as you’d like, but mine in particular is a weekly list journal with prompts dedicated to inspiration, positivity, balance, and joy. It’s the 52 Lists for Happiness journal by Moorea Seal. I’ve mentioned it before in my post The Power of Writing Things Down This week’s list is a little strange to me, but it calls for writers to think of as many colors as they can and associate a mood with the color. White is definitely on my list, as I associate it with cleanliness and simplicity, but I also have like, every fall color you can think of because I love neutral tones with pops of yellow and orange. They fit my personality and compliment my skin so well.
Although this week’s prompt isn’t the best example, having a prompt to give you something to write about forces you to think, and who knows, you may get inspired in ways you would’ve never thought.
If you can’t read my hand writing, I associated the colors as such:
White — Cleanly
Black — Stylish
Green — Fall
Brown — Fall
Orange — Melanin
Yellow — Melanin
Grey — Winter
Maroon — Fall
6. Take a Break from Creating
Honestly, if you can’t think of anything to create and nothing seems to inspire you, just take a break. Come back to it later. As I stated in my previous post not being able to think of content consistently doesn’t make someone a bad creator. It makes them human and it’s okay to take a break when need be. The only reason I’ve been able to publish two posts in the same week is because I’ve been inspired by tip 1, 4, and 6. I would love for my creative juices to keep flowing, but if they’re short lived, so be it. I’ll pick back up when the time is right.
If you have any tips or advice to get out of a creative slump please share them below. I’d love to read them, as I’m sure would many others.