How to Get Over Writer's Block.
Over the last few weeks I have been going, going, going non-stop. Now I am finally at a place where I can get back into the groove of every day life and that includes creating + writing. These are two things I love but for some reason I've been having a hard time with. This week it has felt like I don't have any motivation or any unique, personal ideas. I don't want to copy people and their work, I don't want to publish dull or bad content, and I just don't know where to go from here. I have.... writer's block! Dah, dah, dahhhhn!
I've asked a few fellow bloggers and creatives what they do in situations like these. Wait it out, push through, try something different? I got several different answers and decided to write up a little list on the ways that you can get through a creative dry spell!
1. Make lists.
Something that really helps me stay organized and get things done is making lists. "To-Do" lists, "Idea" lists, and schedules. When I have a schedule for my blog (which is something I've only recently started to do) then I feel like I get more done. When I make lists of my ideas I can see which ones are worth pursuing and which are probably not really going to work. It really helps, especially as a visual learner, to see what you can do and what you need to get done for your blog, business, and in your everyday life.
2. Read... a lot.
Reading other articles and blog posts, reading how-to's and explanatory pieces, and seeing how other writer's and creatives try things can be really inspiring. I love reading other blogs and seeing what my friends are up to with their businesses and creative endeavors. Right now I am really loving these blogs and sites!
Boone & Owl
City Girl Searching
Hart & Honey
Small Talk Social
3. Clear your head.
There are many ways to do this. Take a walk. Read a book. Watch tv. Draw or paint. Getting some exercise at the gym or by doing yoga. Lots of different things are available to get your mind clear or get those creative juices flowing!
Find a quiet place to think. To rest and be peaceful. I love going to coffee shops and just enjoying the latte in front of me while the constant hum of other conversation drones on. Usually I take my laptop and edit some photos or read. Another place you could go is to your local park, a nature trail, or a library. Another peaceful thing you could do is take a nap! I love taking naps and I can guarantee that you'll feel much better after you take one too. Rest is so important to make sure that you're healthy and your mind is as sharp as it can be! Silence is golden on some days, so embrace it.
I love journaling. Lately I haven't had a whole ton of time to do so, but taking notes on my phone or writing out poetry or thoughts can help too. Another thing that was recommended to me from another blogger in The Peony Project was Bullet Journaling. I checked it out and it looks really cool!
If you have any ideas for ways to break out of those creative ruts, leave them in the comments below. I would love to know if you have any luck with these ideas and what you think of bullet journaling too!