For the past few days I have felt uninspired, lacking any sense of creativity.
Unfortunately, inspiration is a necessity in the world of a writer. I have never suffered this kind of drought before and I am not exactly sure what I should do. Is this just a season, maybe a lull before the storm? Do I accept it and wait it out or press through to reach inspiration whether it kills me or not?
I decided to do some research on how others deal with their creativity being blocked.
Advice on how to find inspiration ranged from cursing like a sailor, (http://boostblogtraffic.com/writers-block/) which didn’t really work for me because I am more blah than frustrated and I need to be angry to get any real mileage out of cursing, to accepting you are going to write garbage, ( http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-tips-punching-writers-block-in-face/) a difficult prospect for any perfectionist. I may write garbage, but no one is going to read it, hence the file folder of unpublished crap.
Mundane activity was a common advised strategy to find inspiration. Supposedly, if you don’t think about it, it will come. Usually I get a good blog thread going when I am out for my daily walk. I often write in my head long before I put anything down on paper. I found a thread, several threads, while walking, but the story unraveled before I could wrap up the idea and call it worthy. Back to writing garbage.
Mark Twain said, “Write what you know.” What I know is that I am not inspired. When my friend suggested I follow his advice and write about not being inspired, I thought, could it be that simple?
We all go through periods in our life when we feel blah, uninspired, lacking any real desire to go out there and be big, bold, and brave. Some embrace it. Life slows down. Batteries are recharged. I just can’t seem to do that. I like busy, production, new challenges, full speed ahead. I am not good in the gap. I have a tendency to get bored very easily, so I need a foolproof way to get out of this slump and fast.
I often find inspiration in other’s works, whether it is online, in a book, on TV, or in theatres. I think the creativity tank may be empty because I have spent so much time in the past few months writing that I have not been able to read, go to the movies or the theatre. Maybe inspiration has left the building because it has no one to play with.
I am going to test my theory out and immerse myself in other’s creative works. If you never hear from me again, you will know it has left for good. Hopefully, inspiration will return and I will have something witty, entertaining, and inspiring to share with you next time when it comes home for good!