I’ve been feeling overwhelmingly uninspired lately. Every time I sit down to write, I feel panicky and instantly freeze. I attempt a few sentences just to abruptly close my laptop and walk away. I’ll pick up a book and read someone else’s words hoping their creativity will permeate my soul. No such luck.
I started this blog because the words would just flow and flow and I needed a place to capture them. That is so far from the case these days. I’d kill for a nice, long stream of consciousness to rush from my fingertips onto the screen like the good old days. That would be lovely.
For my “real” job, I write a lot. I create copy for ads, write blog posts, newsletters and all sorts of things on the fly and almost always at the last minute. Everything needs to be done yesterday. If I’m being completely honest, I kind of like having a fire under my ass and I actually work quite well under pressure. It seems to be my forte and I am able to produce some really good work under a quickly approaching deadline. But writing all day at work leaves me void of ideas when it comes to my own outlet – this blog. I just don’t know what to write about these days and there aren’t any deadlines to meet (except for sponsored posts).
I have been begging the gods of creativity to give me a little something. Just a tiny flicker of inspiration. Anything. And still, nada. Running used to spark my creativity constantly and it was the source of so many metaphors for life that turned into blog posts. I’d be able to take the tiniest little event that occurred on a run and turn it into some huge life lesson. I think it’s been years since that happened.
Maybe I need to take a break and switch gears for a bit. I love writing, but sometimes you just need to do something else to spark creativity. Draw, paint, sculpt, dance – anything! So, I think I will.
Even though I feel as though I have nothing to contribute at the moment, I will persist. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote, “whatever it is you are pursuing, whatever it is you are creating, be careful not to quit too soon.” So, I won’t quit. Creative endeavors are a lot like marathon training, actually. You have to keep going even when the going gets tough. They both require sincere dedication, a great deal of perseverance, some serious grit, and a strong commitment to the sport (or the craft). My endurance will come in handy as I endure this long ass creative dry spell.
Part of being a successful blogger is posting regularly, even when you have nothing to say. You need to let your readers know you’re alive and well and the blog is still up and running. Honestly, that is one of my least favorite parts about blogging. So, please forgive me if I choose to stay quiet instead of posting in an attempt to meet my blogging quota. Know that I am still kicking and just waiting for that spark. 🙂 I love you guys!
Any tips or tricks for writer’s block or sparking creativity?
Any ideas on what to write about?! 😉