I think I speak for every writer when I say that not having inspiration sucks. Not only does it feel like the end of your career, but it can also impact how you life your every day life. Being uninspired is part of life, but it doesn’t have to be. Over the years, I have dealt with a good amount of being uninspired in my time, and have a five tips that can help you fight it!
Find what is causing you to be uninspired
It might seem like that is impossible, but seriously! Since you are dealing with lack of inspiration, take that time for some self reflection. It is an easy way of not only figuring out what is causing you to be uninspired, but self reflection is always nice. Most of the time there is something that is causing me stress that is preventing me from doing work. Until I deal with my stressors, I will not get anything done. Once you have figured out what is preventing you, then it is time to just knock it out!
Start making lists
Since I began blogging, this has happened to me on multiple occasions. I always make lists, constantly. When I am full of ideas, you can always find me jotting something down. When I am feeling uninspired, those are essential tools to my process. I am able to look back and be able to work of the lists or notes that I took. When I was younger, a lot of my creative writing classes used lists a sort of brain dump. Not only are they great for collecting all of your amazing ideas for when you are feeling uninspired; They are also great ways to clear out some junk that may be floating around in your mind.
Try getting out of the house!
I know that when I am locked away in my house for a while, I can get stuck. While being at home is never a bad thing, cabin fever is. Even if it is just going to Home Goods or taking your dog to the dog park, the fresh air never hurt anyone. The worst part of not being able to leave one environment is the draining impact it has not only on your mental health, but your creative juices as well. If you are able to take a vacation, no matter how long, then it is a great way to get rid of issues that may be bothering you, and to get some content ideas as well. Something that I love to do is find places around me that are either brand new, or places I have never gone.
Read some of your favorite content creators
I’m actually part of a local blogging group. In addition to meeting up once a month, we also have connected via social media so that we can all stay connected. I love reading the amazing material that these ladies put out each month. If you have not created a list of your favorite bloggers, what are you doing? When I am not in a writing phase, I am still cruising the blogs, and sharing the love for some of my favorite bloggers. My top two to check out right now are Emma Hill from EJStyle, and Sophie Milner from Fashion Slave.
Find a new hobby
My family has always said “find a hobby, Ash” whenever I was getting bored or feeling down. I am currently deeply into houseplants, and the collection has actually grown to an unspeakable amount. Even when I think I don’t have room, I still am always picking up a new one. Don’t ask me why! If plants are not your thing, then just think about things that you love, and start doing it. If you love the idea of creating your own honey, get some bees. Are you thinking about creating stock photos for other creators? Check Pinterest for some great DIY light boxes. Whatever is preventing you from feeling uninspired is always a good thing.
What keeps you from being uninspired?