- Keep a Pinterest board for inspiration
When I see prompts, pictures or other things that spark an idea in my head, I usually save it to one of my pin boards, either for writing ideas or story inspirations. Pinerest boards are great to look at when you get stuck and want to feel creative again.
2. Schedule time for your creativity
I know it sounds like this goes against the way we typcially picture creative types, but I promise having a routine can really boost your creativity. If you schedule a time each day to write, paint, create, you will start to find you no longer need to wait for the muse. You can work without her. I think you will find that the work you produce when you are not inspired is likely as good as what you created when you thought you were inspired.
3. Be patient
Sometimes, especially for writers, you need to sit and think for awhile before a creative idea can form. Matt Fraction calls this kind of moment “Catching Butterflies.” This is where you just need to sit, think and make sure your mind is not distracted by facebook, or the laundry. It may look or feel like you are not doing anything, but the wheels are turning and things are happening as long as you are not distracted.
4. Don’t force it
If you’ve sat down to catch butterflies for two hours and have nothing to show for it, it is probably time to change tactics and give your brain a break.
My best friend has a thing called a “Meta” list. On that list she puts all the things she can’t quite process yet, but still needs to think about. It’s sort of like putting your creative problem on the back burner for a bit, allowing your unconscious mind to work through what your conscious mind isn’t ready to tackle yet. So switch gears, find another task to work on, and go back to your project after you’ve taken a break and washed a floor or folded that laundry you weren’t thinking about earlier.
5. Follow people that inspire you.
Social Media can be full of posts that drag you down, but there are lots of tools and places to find posts that lift you up or get you thinking. If you follow posts that make you feel depressed or like you are not doing enough creatively, unfollow those pages and seek out the kinds of content that make you want to do something new or make more of your art.
What are ways you stay creative? I’d love to hear what you do when your mind/muse just won’t help out.