If you’re in the creative field, it’s inevitable that you’ll fall into a creative rut at some point in time or another. This is normal to experience and it happens to even the best of us.
It can be hard to constantly come up with something new and exciting while at the same time be passionate about what you create every single time. Sometimes a little breather is in order to recharge your creative juices and there’s nothing wrong with that. But it does become a problem when you’re stuck in a rut and can’t get out of it.
This was something that I personally went through recently as a relatively new blogger. Although I’ve only been blogging for a few months, it was definitely something new that I faced for the first time and had to learn to overcome quickly.
If you’re going through a creative rut, here are a few ways I’ve found that have really helped me break free and get back on track.
The first thing I like to do when I’m stuck in a creative rut is to find inspiration from other sources online. The web is always a great place to start and the best part is that it’s free.
One of my favorite sources for daily inspiration is browsing Pinterest. I wasn’t really into Pinterest until only after a little while after I started this blog but using it has really been a game changer since discovering it. I can spend hours browsing the site and I often need to stop myself or I waste way too much time out of my day browsing pins.
If you feel like you’re stuck, use Pinterest as a visual search engine to see what’s trending right now and what other people are pinning. I know that every time I’m on the site, I always gather awesome ideas on how to improve my blog and I find that I also get inspired to write a whole variety of blog topics afterward.
(Side note: Check out my Pinterest boards and follow me if you’re interested in what I pin!)
2. Social Media & News
Another great source of inspiration is to check out social media outlets as well as see what’s trending in the news. A lot of times when I’m just browsing Twitter or reading a news article on my Facebook feed, a great post idea and a surge of inspiration will just pop up out of nowhere.
3. Read Other Blogs
A third way to get some new ideas is to read other successful blogs that you admire. Seeing others who are successful can give you a little boost to keep you motivated and possibly spark a little bit of creativity.
I like catching up on my favorite blogs on my Bloglovin’ feed just so that it’s easy to read everything together in one place.
(Side note: Follow me on Bloglovin’ to keep up with all my posts!)
What Does Your Audience Want?
Another great way to help yourself break free of a creative slump is to figure out what your audience is interested in reading. Use your social media outlets to easily engage with your followers and see what kind of content they want to see! You can start a poll or ask a question which can help you assess what kind of content you should be producing for your blog.
Another important point is to make sure to that you have a working contact page and/or a great commenting system on your blog. These 2 tools can help you get the right feedback from your readers on what they’re interested in seeing.
Do you ever find that you randomly come up with awesome ideas at the most unexpected times?
I find that when I’m in the shower and I’m just randomly thinking about life, a lot of great ideas for my blog will just spring up out of nowhere. I end up having to jump out of the shower as soon as I’m done so that I can write all of those great ideas down before they escape me.
So wherever you think best (whether that’s going on a walk with your dog or sitting in a room alone), go to that place so that you can think and brainstorm without being interrupted. Just make sure to have a place to write your ideas down when you think of something great!
If you’re the type to sit down and brainstorm, get a piece of paper (or open up your laptop) and list all the ideas that come to your mind that you may be interested in writing about. I like using a mind map because that seems to help me visualize related ideas and words better in my head when I’m brainstorming.
Create & Maintain An Editorial Schedule
Now that you’ve come up with an awesome list of ideas, plan out a schedule in advance of what you’re going to post and on which days. Then make sure you actually follow this schedule by giving yourself deadlines (which will hopefully give you a little push and get you back into a routine).
Whether you decide that posting once a week or multiple times a week is the right frequency for you, the most important thing is to be consistent and not get burnt out. Having a schedule of upcoming posts all laid out will help you feel less anxious and more on top of things.
Remember Why You Started In The First Place
If you still feel like you’re still stuck in a creative rut, remember why you started in the first place and try to envision yourself before you started and how excited or motivated you once were.
Is what you’re doing your passion? Does it make you feel like a better person that you are able to help others?
Focus on these feelings. Remembering your purpose and passion may help to give you the boost you need that’ll help you get things going again.
Have you ever felt stuck in a creative rut? What were some ways that helped you get over it? Feel free to share!