It’s that time of year again… Writer’s’ block is setting in thick and fast. You’ve written on every topic known to man, used up every good idea you thought you’d ever have and your inspiration is shriveling up like the flowers you forgot to water.
It’s time to re-inspire ourselves, but how exactly do we do that? Let’s take a look at a few tips that will spark your creativity and get you out of that writing funk.
Feed Your Mind
It’s no wonder that we’re out of inspiration. We expect ourselves to produce content at a consistently high standard without replacing any of the inspiration that we’re putting out. In order to create we need to consume; we need to water our imaginations and feed our minds with things that inspire us.
We need to feed our minds with wholesome content. Well written, well curated and creative content that sets our imaginations ablaze with possibility. Not judging or anything, but ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ is hardly going to inspire your next award winning novel. So when looking for inspiration, keep looking until you find something that genuinely interests and inspires you.
Try reading some good ol’ fiction to get your imagination going, listen to podcasts or even take a short course online. Consuming meaningful material is always better for your creativity levels than mindlessly zoning out on reality TV.
Keep A Journal
Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it all before. But there’s a good reason that people keep repeating it. Keeping a journal to read back on your past experiences is not only a great way to keep track of your memories, it can also inspire future stories.
So many renowned authors have drawn on their past experiences as inspiration for their novels, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Emily Dickinson. Drawing on your own experiences adds your own flavour to the story.
Write Your Raw Truth
Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, we need to stop censoring our writing. This is what first drafts are for, to get all the good stuff onto the page. Never filter your first draft. Let the creativity flow, you can always go back later to edit, erase and perfect your masterpiece.
Try Something New
Ruts are not a place for creative people to dwell in, they’re the killer of imagination. Get out and try something new, mix things up a little. Learn to play a new instrument, go skydiving, travel, or go on a camping trip in your backyard. It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy.Teaching your brain new things forces it to think in new ways, and that’s where creative thinking begins.
Taking up pottery, poetry or photography are all great ways to increase your creativity levels. If you haven’t tried a creative skills online course, maybe it’s time to try it out? Take a moment to browse through a sight like skillshare, who offers online courses in all sorts of creative fields.
Keep Creative Company
Have you ever noticed how creatives stick together? Musicians are always hanging out with artists and dancers and writers. Inspiring each other is something that happens naturally when you hang out with creative people.
It’s not hard to attract inspiration when you’re putting it out there yourself. Try hanging out with a creative crowd, other people’s talent is often the inspiration you need to break out of your creative drought.
If you’re looking for a creative community to infiltrate, take a look at Creative Mornings, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Online creative hubs like these make getting your daily dose of creativity really easy.
Everything Is Inspiration
Put down that smartphone. Look around you, what do you notice? Listen, what do you hear? Use every opportunity you get to observe the things going on around you. Do you ever just people watch? It’s one of my favourite things to do. Humans are very fascinating creatures.
Remember that funny conversation you overheard in the coffee shop, or the old man with the limp and a kind smile? All the people that cross your path are possible inspiration for stories you have yet to tell. Don’t let those opportunities pass you by, just because your face was buried in your smartphone instead of being present in the moment.
Find Your Style
A great way to find your own style is to copy. I know that sounds counter-productive, but hear me out. We all have a favourite author, and that author has a style. What do you like about that author’s’ style? Is it their witty sense of humor, or their incredibly descriptive words?
Take a passage from their writing and copy the way that they write, but apply it to your own scenario.
If you’ve been running on your reserve tank of creativity, I hope this has inspired you to get out there and fill up on inspiration. It’s never too far away.