As a writer, it’s important that I have creative outlets. It’s something that I’ve been passionate about since I was a pre-teen; being creative helped me release all my stresses and worries into physical pieces of work. Growing up, I would do a lot of mixed media artwork as well as creative writing. Now that I’m trying to make writing my career, it’s important not to get burned out.
This also goes for any of you who are trying to stay inspired, whether it be for your career, school, or your hobbies. Staying on top of your craft will allow you to improve.
Reading blog posts
Reading things related to your craft will help you learn what other people are doing. I will very often explore other people’s blogs that are related to writing, art and marketing in order to stay on top of the latest trends. Doing this helps keeps you informed as well as generates ideas for future content.
I also find it important for me to read blogs for pleasure too as this keeps me from getting to bogged down with all the content that everyone else is releasing. You can find this type of content all over but my personal favourite place to find it is Medium or WordPress. It also helps me find new creators that I like!
Keep practising your craft
There was a time when I completely stopped writing and creating art. I found this to be the worst thing for developing my work because I literally wasn’t developing anything at the time. I’ve learnt now that I must do whatever I can to practise. Obviously, I don’t always have it in me to write a full blown blog post or article but I try to write something everyday. When it comes to my art, I doodle a lot and keep my journal updated, which leads me to my next point…
Keep a journal
Keeping a journal can help with lots of things, mental health, memory and staying creative too! This could be any kind of journal that you choose. I have a thoughts journal and an art journal; both of these help with laying out my ideas and making them into physical projects.
I hear a lot of people say that they’re intimidated to start a journal of this manner in fear of making mistakes and I wanted to add that making mistakes is all in the process of becoming good at something. Keeping a journal will help weed out bad ideas and help you develop on good ideas.
Much like journals, vision boards are a great way to get your ideas out of your head and develop them into real projects. There are a lot of ways to create vision boards, one of the main ones being Pinterest! It’s no secret that bloggers love Pinterest but it can be used more than just planning outfits or birthday parties. It can help you plan colours and a theme for a new brand; or even explore different fonts for logos and other marketing materials.
Sometimes people find physical vision boards to be a lot easier as they can hang them in their office. This isn’t something I’ve tried personally but for many people it’s a lot more effective than having one online.
In conclusion, slumps happen. You will find yourselves in times when you’re not inspired and that’s okay. Taking it one day at a time is a lot easier than thinking about the big picture sometimes. If you find yourself struggling, remember to breathe and remember that it’s normal. Trust your gut and follow your lead.