Tuesday, 15 January 2019

How To Get Over Your Creative Slump In Twenty-Nineteen


Let's not pussyfoot around it; slumps are a thing and they happen. It's very natural as a writer to encounter a creative slump every now and again, especially when you're trying to post high quality content on a somewhat regular basis. There is no denying the fact that we're all subconsciously guilty of having an off-day, a day where we would rather eat dark chocolate on our sofa, with Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone rolling in the background as we repeatedly scroll through our Twitter feeds, than we would spending time putting pen to paper for half an hour and that's okay.

It's okay to have an off-day or two or three. Believe it or not this can sometimes be a regular occurrence for me; I can't tell you how many times I have rewritten the introduction to this post, trying to perfect it in my extremely blank mind. But funks are a just phase and although at times we often wonder is this now our permanent state of mind, it won't be and that's because there are ways and means of overcoming your slump. Here is; 

How To Get Over Your Creative Slump In Twenty-Nineteen.

#1 - ACCEPT IT

To me one of the hardest parts of experiencing a creative slump is the stress I put on myself during that period. It can be noticeably hard when your Twitter feeds are full of men and women in the same industry, kicking ass but  it's imperative that you don't let yourself to fall into the comparison trap. We're all human, no one is happy or motivated or inspired 24/7 - not even JK Rowling. Of course it can seem like a bit of a downer at times, but just be kind to yourself - take care and remember that sometimes you have to accept it for what it is and find ways to move on.

#2 - TAKE A STEP BACK 

Sometimes it can be necessary to take a step back and do something else for a while. Whether it's going for a shower or walking your pooch, taking time to reflect and focus on something other than the task at hand can be good for you - in a physical and mental way. Allow yourself some time to just relax, instead of fixating on the fact that you really want to write a blog post today - it's unhealthy.

#3 - SHAKEUP YOUR ROUTINE TODAY

If you're doing the same thing day in and day out, then I'm not surprised you're experiencing a creative slump (I know I would). Stop stunting your growth and shakeup your routine - you will be surprised how switching things up can help the flow of creativity. For example; I just removed myself from the sofa to sit at our dining room table and I wouldn't have managed to write this post had I not done so. Remind yourself that small changes can be monumental when you're encountering a slump and you would be very surprised what can happen if you try, try and try again. 

#4 - FIND YOUR OWN KIND OF INSPIRATION

Find your own kind of inspiration; from podcasts to playlists, social media or books - there are endless possibilities waiting for you, if you open yourself up to it. Consume information that will be helpful and insightful, look back at your notes - what's causing this slump? Is it personal or is it work based? Surround yourself with creative people and hone in on the areas you find inspiration most - for me I particularly enjoy career posts or health posts, but sometimes I use my own experiences and emotions to write pieces to (just like this one). 

Have you been experiencing a creative slump recently?
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Rebecca Ellis
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  1. I find my best work happens when I randomly get struck with inspiration, but that doesn't happen very often. These are great tips!

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    1. I think we're all on the same boat, I know my best work happens when I'm inspired to! x

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  2. Sch an interesting and really helpful post Rebecca! Thank you for the tips x

    Anaïs | http://anais-n.com

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  3. I sometimes find it better to force my way through a creative slump -- especially when I have a deadline to meet. My theory is that I can always go back later and edit and add and make better if need be.

    Great advice! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

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    1. Absolutely! That's how I managed to write this blog post. I like your thinking Michelle, sometimes we can forget how easy it is to go back and adjust our work x

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  4. Thank you for sharing these! Just yesterday I was explaining to my boyfriend how I get a writer's block sometimes and that I feel really down because I am not productive all the time even with my inspirational playlist. It's good remember that we are not robots and that we can't be blogging all the time.

    Nikolina
    psdontreadthis.co.uk

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    1. If my loss can be someone else's gain, then I'm more than happy to share! We all get writers block from time to time, it's nothing to beat yourself up about though, because you're right we aren't robots and we can't be motivated to write all the time; but you've got this! x

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  5. I'm currently in a creative slump with my novel. I was editing most days before Christmas, and when life got busy I pushed it to the side for a few days. A few days turned into weeks and here I am, haven't opened the document in about a month. So glad you mentioned acceptance, because that is so important! I've accepted that maybe while I'm not focusing on my novel right now, I'm focusing on my blog and have kept writing posts and being creative through that. Harry Potter and chocolate days are amazing though :)

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that you're in a bit of a slump with your novel, but please don't put yourself down about it. Life gets busy sometimes and we lose sight of what's important to us, but you will get through this. I'm really glad that you are realizing that although you've taken a step back from your novel, that you are still being proactive with your blog. It will all come together eventually; I can vouch for that! p.s Harry Potter & chocolate days are my guilty pleasure Take care of yourself and when you're read to, get writing x

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