T-Shirts and Calculators: Creative Juices Stopped Flowing? What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do
by Jamie Engelhardt
Creative Juices Stopped Flowing? What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do
What do you do when you aren’t feeling creative? Sometimes I’ve been working on a project for so long, I just totally lose interest- like I don’t even like anything I’m creating anymore. Quitting isn’t an option, so what do you do to refresh and get back on track? Here, in no particular order, are a few of my favorite go-to’s when I’m feeling dry.
1) Talk with a fellow creative and ask for encouragement.
In today’s world, we are all supposed to be self-sufficient and independent (especially if you are a woman). Guess what- I’m going to let you in on a secret? That’s bulls=&*. We are human beings created to be with one another- to learn from one another and to care for one another. In reference to the world, we are in the minority when it comes to not being a communal culture. What am I saying? Go ask for help for goodness sake. When I’m feeling discouraged, I pick up the phone and shoot a text to one of my fellow photographers and ask for encouragement, advice, and constructive criticism. Without fail I feel better after talking with her. Truly. Try it- I dare you.
2) Step away from the computer. (or canvas or whatever medium you use to create)
Go grab a latte or a steaming hot cup of tea and take a minute (or 5 hours) to clear your head. Read a good book or take a long shower: all things that help me immensely.
3) Browse Pinterest.
While it can be our arch-nemesis, sometimes looking at Pinterest and into someone else’s creativity can re-spark your own. Looking at image after image of what other people have done can be really helpful- just don’t let it be a discouragement. Whoever posted that perfect looking living room with matching décor probably took half a year to decide what they wanted and then another half a year to re-decide what they wanted- then they cleaned the house and snapped a photo and then it was clean for another .2 seconds before their 2 year old threw Cheerios everywhere- I promise.
These are just a few things that I try to do when I need a little creative pick me up. Do you have anything that helps you? Feel free to leave your comments below and we can all help a fellow-creative out! Now, go get that latte and call someone!