Welcome to part one of this informative post! We’ll be discovering further easy ways to unlock inspiration in the upcoming days.
I am a writer. I also sell graphic designs on Etsy and have recently started up this wonderful blog!
Basically, 99% of my work has to do with daily doses of inspiration. This can seem impossible when motivation itself is kind of like an oasis mirage in a desert – you’re never quite sure that it’s actually there. Used daily, creativity can seem like a finite resource. You end up burned out and mentally exhausted from searching and searching for blog topics, novel themes, or design ideas from the smoking volcano that is now your brain – ready to explode.
What do we do when we desperately need these ideas but our inspiration is throwing up every block on the way?
We persevere, that’s what, and I’ll tell you just how to do that!
Hello, common sense!
Remove yourself from your (now most definitely blurry) computer screen or notebook and go for a walk. This can be a short walk or a long walk. Sit under a tree and watch the clouds. Close your eyes and breathe.
What do you see in the sky? Is it a beautiful day? Perhaps it’s beginning to get cloudy, or you can hear thunder in the distance.
Maybe there are children squealing with laughter from around the corner.
Use this, all of this. Not only are you getting a break to stretch your legs and a change of scenery, but you are also collecting priceless but pleasant information for your frazzled brain.
If you’re working on a novel, think about your setting. How would your characters feel about this weather? Would they jump and skip in rain puddles or would they huddle under a tree? Do they enjoy the heat and basking in the sun? Let these thoughts drift to you, you’re taking a break after all, no need to force your brain into overdrive.
If you’re trying to come up with new graphic designs then there’s nowhere better to look than the green scapes surrounding you now. Look at the way flowers bloom or the sun hits the sidewalk. How does that make you feel? Use those sharp lines and delicate curves for your work.
Those little swells fluttering around inside of you when you watch the trees rustle in the breeze are little nuggets of creativity just beginning to take root. With a little help, they’ll grow strong to the surface with a brand spankin’ new idea, sure to knock you and your viewers off your feet.
It tends to be the smallest of things that sends you from feeling like you’re stuck in a mental Sahara to suddenly overflowing with fresh thoughts. Patience is key.
Now, this can be a difficult step to take when you’re feeling burned out and exhausted and all you want to do is quit. But, let’s be frank here. There’s no time like the present, and a bit of mental strain will give way with gentle prodding.
If you’re having difficulty coming up with a novel or blog theme or poster idea, throw that on the back burner and create something fun! Write a hysterical scene with your characters, whether new or old. Write a blog post about something silly and trivial. Make a poster that speaks to no one but you.
Now take a step back and admire your work. You created that with your own two hands. You are a magician who can create marvelous scenes, worlds, and ideas from thin air. It really is a special talent!
This simple task wasn’t for nothing. With a little cleaning and sharpening, that silly idea or frivolous post can be turned from dull coal into a gleaming diamond.
Use those scenes in your story, how did the characters get into that situation? What will they do? Did the conversation change anything between them?
Turn that blog post idea into something helpful. Did you write about your garden, a story you overheard as a child, or even just the funny thing your dog did that morning? There will be something in there that can be transformed, even if it’s only just to brighten your reader’s day. That poster that you threw together, even if it’s sloppy, hopefully made you feel happy or inspired or enthusiastic. These are all things that your viewers will feel as well.
If you’re having difficulty moving past the road block of your inspiration, then take a side road! Make something, no matter how insignificant it seems at the time, or even if you’re sure that it will never be used.
To create is the first step in beating back your mind’s block. Try to compose something new every single day. That can be difficult, but it will also be worth it.
What do you normally do to defeat the blocks of your inspiration? Any tips or tricks that you have to offer?