April 1st 2019
It may be April Fools Day but feeling uninspired is no joke~
Lately, I have been struggling with a lack of inspiration. It isn’t that writing has exhausted me or that the act of writing has become uninspiring in itself. It is more that I haven’t really had an idea lately that has made me truly excited. In writing, feeling excited to me is the feeling of having my hands effortlessly glide across the keyboard and coming out with a great post on the other end.
Recently, I have been finding it difficult to take my ideas, even pretty solid ones, and beef them up with as much detail and explanation as I would like. So far this year, I have been loving the quality of the work I have been putting out, but can’t help but feel the tiniest bit of self-criticism that I could create way better works.
So here are a few ways I have been working to get passed my lack of inspiration and return to creating content that makes me feel energized and creative:
- I have been writing less- I know that sounds counter-intuitive but writing less has really helped me feel more inspired. By taking a step back from constantly writing and exhausting myself, I have let inspiration flow to me naturally and only “force” myself to write to keep up with my posting schedule. By letting inspiration build up, I feel as though writing is becoming a bit easier.
- I have been taking more time for silent reflection- I find that taking some time to breathe and think has really done a lot for my inspiration. Instead of spewing out fragments of thoughts when they come into my head, I try to take my time and savor certain thoughts and ideas so I can allow them to become fuller and bolder.
- I have been observing the world around me- Stopping to smell the roses is a really large contributor to creative and inspired thought. Sitting down to people watch, spending time outside, or even just listening to someone talk about their day are all great ways to invite in a little inspiration.
- Resisting the urge to make stuff up- Authenticity is a large part of inspiration. Sometimes, I get tempted to write posts that don’t feel true to myself just to get them out of the way or because I feel like they will serve. By resisting that urge to create inauthentic content, I feel as though I am opening myself up for more inspiring ideas in the long run.
- I take in content- My biggest inspiration is being inspired by the work of others. If I am at a loss for ideas, I like to look at what is keeping other people inspired in the hope that it sparks something in me. Whether it is a good book, a new album, or other people’s blog content, I love taking in content that opens my mind to new discussions.
Overall, getting passed feeling uninspired really just takes patience and good faith. Nothing is permanent and feelings come and go, so just give it time!