‘be free, be happy, be true – be creative every day, especially Thursdays!’ ~ Marisa Anne
I love that little quote and, as it’s Thursday today, it seemed particularly appropriate. It’s from the introduction to the book ‘Creative Thursday’ by Marisa Anne; a book that I picked up a few years ago when I had lost my creative mojo and, after spending time reading it, really helped me to get back on track – creatively.
Like me, Marisa Anne believes that everyone is creative. Whether or not you believe it is another matter but, trust me, it really is the case. One thing that happens to a lot of creatives though is that, from time to time, their creativity will wain and they’ll be left stuck, lost and unable to move forward.
This happened to me recently with blogging and it lasted for several months. My head told me to start but my heart simply wasn’t in it. I began so many posts and, after a few lines, I deleted them again. I had no idea what to write about, where to start, what people wanted to read, etc.
But then something changed just a couple of days ago and my creative writing mojo returned.
And, from this experience and skimming through the book again, I’ve realised that there is a step by step process that has to be followed by any creative when their get up and go…well…gets up and goes.
The steps are as follows:
- Accept the fact that you have lost the drive to be creative. Don’t try to push through it at this stage. Take time to see how it feels to just ‘be’. Don’t force yourself to be creative, don’t feel guilty and don’t beat yourself up about it.
- Set a time limit on how long this break is going to be. Give yourself a week or a month or 3 months. It’s entirely up to you. But don’t leave it too open ended or you may never get yourself back into the groove. On the other hand, if, after a certain length of time you feel motivated to get back to it sooner, then go for it!
- Change things up during your break. Change your routine. Look for inspiration in new places and different places. Try doing something that you haven’t done before. (You never know – this may become a new passion.) Spend time in nature. Get out and do a bit of people watching. Listen to some podcasts related to the things you love – I have to confess that I have become a bit of a podcast junkie recently 🙄 The thing is, we all tend to get a bit stale when we do the same things over and over and very often all that’s needed is a little bit of a shake-up.
- From all of the above, decide what it is you want to do and work out how you intend to do it. For example, if you’ve lost your writing mojo, decide how you intend to get it back again. You could start with a blog post or a ‘mini’ blog post on social media. If that seems too much, set yourself a daily writing target of say 500 words and do it for a set length of time. There are lots of books of writing prompts on Amazon if you get stuck on topics to write about. If you’re a crafter or an artist start small. Start an easy, manageable project and make sure you finish it. State your intentions somewhere like Instagram or Facebook and show your friends and followers your finished project once it’s done. Set an intention and make sure you do what you say you’re going to do.
- Stop being a perfectionist. Easier said than done I know but a coach once told me that ‘Done is better than perfect’ and, although it took me a very long time to get my head around this, I now realise what she meant. It’s far better to do something imperfectly and get it out there than it is to spend forever faffing about trying to get it ‘just so’. You can always improve as you get further down the line but, to get back on track, you need to let go of that perfectionism and get
somethinganything (within reason) out into the world.
- Trust that people will love what you do but realise that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. No matter what, there will always be someone who doesn’t like what you do – and that’s fine. Let these people go. Don’t try to force them to like what you do. It won’t work. Concentrate on the people who love your work because they’re the ones who matter.
- Be brave!
And there you have it.
I could go into each step in a lot more detail but I think that’s probably enough for now and I hope you get the gist of what I’m saying. You have to accept that creative blocks/loss of mojo, whatever you want to call it, is an inherent part of being creative and it happens to all of us at some time or other. The secret is to learn to accept it and to work your way through it at your own pace without blame or guilt.
Have you ever lost your creative mojo?
If so, how did you get it back?
Did you get it back?
Are you perhaps still looking for it?
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Until the next time,