7 Ways To Get Out Of A Creativity Drought

Welcome, or welcome back to Natalie Belle Blog! I hope you’re having a great weekend!

I don’t know about you, but right now I’m struggling a little with being creative, probably because I’m not spending much time working on it. If you’re not feeling that way now, you probably have before, and will again.

Today I’ll be sharing some methods I’ve used/will use when I need to get some creative juices flowing or find some inspiration, and I hope that you’ll be able to benefit from them, too!

1. Thought Dump

Write down whatever’s on your mind on paper or digitally. It can be feelings, the list of things you need to get done, what happened in your week, goals- the options are endless. You can do it as a list, as sentences, or organize it a different way. When you can see all your thoughts in one place, its clears space in your head to create new ideas.

Here’s an example of one I did today! I just wrote down whatever came to mind. It doesn’t have to make sense to anyone but you.

2. Spend Time In Nature

Nature is probably what inspires me (and a lot of other people) most, and can be underrated. If you think you’re not inspired by nature, you’re wrong! You just haven’t found your “spot”. I used to think that it didn’t apply to me when people talked about finding inspiration in nature, until I went to Wyoming. Although it’s far from local, I’ve gotten so much inspiration from the Tetons and it helps me see more nature as inspiration.

Whether its sitting outside and listening to the birds, going on a hike, or drawing flowers, being present in the outdoors clears your mind and provokes new ideas.

3. Reuse or Tweak Past Ideas

If you’ve come up with something you’re proud of before, who says you can’t do it again!? For example, sometimes I look to posts that have been successful or that I enjoyed writing to influence what I write about next. If it worked in the past, it’ll probably work again. Also, if you had a great idea that didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to, maybe it just needs a few changes!

This can apply to lots of things- goals, routines, projects, activities, hobbies, etc. Sometimes we’re generally in the mindset where we always have to come up with something new (or vice versa, keeping them the way they have always been), but variety and balance is important! Trying things again also makes it clearer what works for your situation and what doesn’t.

4. Spending Time With Yourself

Sometimes we’re so caught up in our own activities that we forget to intentionally spend time with ourselves. Your original ideas can only come from your mind, so take time to be present with yourself! Sometimes doing a quiet hobby or just relaxing and thinking is a great way to generate new ideas. However, don’t put any pressure on yourself to do so, that will just create stress, not a clear mind.

5. Meaningful Conversations With Others

This is the exact opposite of what I just mentioned, but it also works to get your creativity going! Spending time with certain people influences how you think. When you have meaningful, thought-provoking conversations with others gets your brain filled with plenty of new thoughts!

6. Listen To Music

Everyone connects with at least one certain type of music. It could be a certain genre like classical, pop, jazz, rock, etc., an artist, or songs that have lyrics resonate with you. Whatever makes you feel yourself, really. Music makes your emotions stronger, and when you have emotion, you have inspiration.

7. Connect To Your Current Life Events

What’s happening in your life has the most influence on you, so take it and use it to inspire you. It could be a challenge you’re facing, a high point, a change, or a significant part of your routine. No one experiences the exact same moments, feelings, and thoughts as you. Find a way to incorporate it into whatever you’re working on to make it uniquely yours. When you create something that has to do with your current life events, it’ll also be fun to look back on in the future.

I hope this post was helpful to you if you’re in a creativity drought as well! How do you get your inspiration? Share in the comments below!

One more thing: have you read last week’s post? I did a Q&A and if you have more questions or didn’t submit any, I’m still answering them! The link to the post is here.

❤️,

Natalie

*All images from Freepik*

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7 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    These were 7 great ideas. I have used 3 of them and found them helpful. Conversation with others sparks an idea which can lead to repurposing or tweaking and idea. Being in nature clarifies or stimulates ideas. The other 4 I will use in the future. Great job and keep those creative juices flowing.

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    1. Natalie says:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad I was able to help:)

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  2. This is fantastic! Such an in depth and unique post. I often take whatever mountain I’m facing and channel it positively into my art.. it’s all about those teachable moments x

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    1. Natalie says:

      Aw, thanks! I agree! That’s a great perspective, both for coping and for inspiration.

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  3. Zainab says:

    Love the idea of reusing or retweaking past ideas – it’s especially useful for blogging as you can improve on your writing and your have a new post idea!

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    1. Natalie says:

      Thanks! I totally agree!

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