For the past few weeks I have been caught in a pretty epic creative rut. Not just here on the blog, but also over on Instagram – my spiritual social home. I sit in front of my laptop, put my fingers to the keyboard and wait for inspiration to come… and then I wait a bit longer… and longer still. And nothing comes. Nada. Zilch.
It’s a similar story with Instagram – my Olympus Pen has sat in its case gathering dust for the last four weeks, and the camera on my phone has hardly been used.
If I have managed to write a post it has invariably taken me ALL day, and upon re-reading it I have decided that it is awful and have clicked the little ‘Move to Bin’ button to be rid of it for once and for all.
It’s very frustrating, especially when I read amazing posts by brilliant bloggers every single day – I can feel The Fear creeping back in, like it did last year, and I need to snap out of it. So, to try to cure myself of this horrible creative rut I decided to ask some of my favourite bloggers what they do when they feel the same way….
Read lots – other blogs, Mumsnet, the news – not to copy anything but it can spark a train of thought that you can write about. – Rachel from Coffee Cake Kids
Carry a notebook around with you! Even if it’s just scribbles and jotting down bullet point notes when ideas pop into your head. I always find I get post ideas at the most random times then forget about them. You can then look back on all your notes and scribbles when your feeling ready to write! – Jess from Tantrums to Smiles
Take pen to paper! I like to jot down any ideas I have in a planner (which is also handy to turn to when writer’s block strikes!) and write down action plans. What kind of content do I want to share right now? What do I want to focus on? How am I going to achieve x, y and z? – Sophia from Tattooed Tealady
Leave the blog and go and live life for a bit. Inspiration will strike eventually. I also agree with the notebook idea- but then I’m never without my notebook or Filofax to hand. – Nickie from Typecast
When I get writer’s block I take a break from writing and technology. I go outside for long walks, visit gardens and have nice family days. It not only gives me time to think and help with ideas for content but gives me breathing space for how I want to word the post too. – Emma from Our Fairytale Adventure
Write something purely for fun! A story, a letter, a poem. Try to remember why you love to write in the first place. – Louise from Pink Pear Bear
I find taking a break always helps. Even if it is a walk around the block. It usually resets my mind and helps me focus more. – Emma from Me and B Make Tea
I find that jotting down lots of ideas when I’m feeling positive helps. That way, when I’m having a bit of a dip in creativity, I have some ideas to fall back on. – Kerry Villers
I daydream a lot. That is usually what makes me think of a post. I think about the day, conversations I have had, things that I have felt strongly about either in my actual day or things I have read or overheard. – Danielle from Someone’s Mum
Surround yourself with tonnes of content the inspires and challenges you. Whether it’s blogs you love, YouTube channels you can’t stop watching or photography magazines that make you think about your own work differently. I prefer to look at things which are outside of my own ‘niche’ just to avoid getting drawn into comparison and just purely enjoy the content. – Hannah from Hi Baby
These are all brilliant tips, especially the one about using a planner. I use my bullet journal every day, but for some reason, I have never used it for blog post ideas, this is something I will start doing straight away. And taking a break too has helped me when I’ve found myself in a creative rut in the past, such as last year when I took a digital detox, so maybe I need to do this again.
Thanks so much to all the lovely bloggers who shared their tips for this post.
Have you ever found yourself in a creative rut? What did you do to claw your way out of it? I’d love to know!
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