The other week I posted about how I was feeling a lack of inspiration and asked how you find inspiration. Thank you so much to all the of the comments I received. They were all so interesting and well, inspiring. I loved them so much I wanted to share them with you and some of my own thoughts of what I got out of this.
Everybody goes through periods of being uninspired. It’s usually because our daily lives get in the way… Now that there is color and it’s beginning to become vibrant outside, it’s inspiring me to get out and hone my photography skills. I guess my inspiration comes from going on evening walks with my wife and looking at everything around me. I get ideas for photos I think would be cool to take. That’s what inspires me. So make time in your busy schedule for yourself to just relax and think. Go on walks or a bike ride around where you live and look around you. Something will spark your inspiration.
I know EXACTLY how you feel. Been there, about a hundred times. I usually go to Pinterest for inspiration, or read some blogs. Young House Love ALWAYS does it for me.
Lately I find that my problem is OVER inspiration. I see so many awesome blog posts and pinterest pins that I want to do ALL OF THE THINGS, but instead I just sit on my butt, on Pinterest, looking instead of creating.
As far as inspiration, if you’re waiting to be inspired, forget it. Writing is a skill and, perhaps more importantly, a habit. It’s work. “Inspired” is just the word we use when we’re in a good, energetic mood, which isn’t often for me. Same goes for crafting and everything else.
My advice? Pray, drink caffeine, and DO it. If you’re waiting for the words to come to you, you could be waiting a long time. If you want to create something, create.
I’d also keep in mind, the first draft (of a story or a craft) doesn’t have to be the finished product. And it’s much easier to revise a something than to fill a blank space/page.
I know exactly how you feel because I feel it all the time. But, know this, motivation is a crock. Don’t wait for it to come. Here’s a quote:“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily” .– Zig Ziglar
Like a lot of things in life, motivation and inspiration rarely show up when you want it to. You have to actively get out there and find it instead of waiting around for it to come. And you know what, like exercising and eating right, it does get easier the more you do it. In that sense, creativity is like a muscle – the more you use it the better it becomes. When I’m being creative I often get so many creative ideas.
I would suggest trying to set up a daily habit. I know it isn’t easy, but if it is important you’ll do it. Don’t worry about quality at this stage. Accept that whatever you write (paint, draw, do) is going to be shit. But it’ll get better, and the more you do it the quicker it’ll get better.
I would make a plan. If you want to write, make a solid plan to do it and when you are going to do it … Give yourself a word count you want to achieve or a time you want to spend on it – and if you don’t reach it at least you did something.
So my advice – forget inspiration and motivation. Just plonk youself infront of the typewriter and do it.
So what did I learn from all of this?
• Inspiration won’t come from just sitting around and waiting for it, you have to get out there and find it.
• Just start doing something, nothing will get done if you don’t at least try
I also found that having a creative space helps. My computer/craft room has been a mess for weeks because I pulled my bookshelf out to paint it, so I had piles of books and junk everywhere. I finally got my bookshelf painted and I’ve been cleaning/organizing the room. I’m not 100% done yet, but I found myself wanting to use the space. I didn’t feel like I was suffocating in mess. I already did some crafting over the weekend, and I’m already planning another big project to do (to the actual room, not just in the room).Read More