What is a good way to be in touch with yourself when you’re feeling uninspired / GET OUT OF A CREATIVE FUNK?
Re: James G: Remember who you are, whether that be in a creative, spiritual or emotional sense, by looking to the past. The capabilities we possess are often evidenced in the ways we’ve previously expressed ourselves. Return to work you’ve created, and remind yourself of the creative experience, the intention and symbolisms in the piece. Pull up old messages and recall the effortlessness of going with the flow, of allowing emotional confidence to steer the conversation. Visit a place you’ve been before, perhaps where you used to frequent, and fall in love again with the atmosphere of history. Don’t expect to rehash old ideas or inspirations by doing these things. Expect instead that your learnt experience has expanded incredibly in the time between the former and the now. Your new perspectives (which you may not even realise you’ve developed) will shine new light on previous experiences, and reveal a new path of inspiration. Trust your personal history of success to lead you into a power-punching present. Your body of work will rock this world.
Re: ANON: When I’m hitting a mental block, I try to switch gears from creating to consumption. What media, events, or people have inspired you originally? My favorite thing to do when I’m in that headspace is a trip to a public library. Walk around, explore the different genres, ideas, and topics. Grab anything that looks interesting, as many books as you can carry. Get lost in the creation of others for a while. You could also check out art museums, galleries, or music stores if you have any near you. The most important thing is to be kind to yourself; you worth isn't measured by your productivity.
Re: Maggie W: Often times, when I want to feel more connected with myself and my creativity, the first step has to be stepping away from my phone. So often, social media (though it is a great sharing and connecting tool) can weigh down my creative spirit. Chase environments that make you feel good: burn some incense, take a bath, hang out with a pet, find an easy, not-necessarily-art activity, and do it. Once I free myself from external worries, and dedicate a space to myself and my personal growth, I find it much easier to make art. And I encourage you to mess around a little! Not all work has to be your best work, and sometimes just allowing yourself to suck is the way to go. You and your art are valid, even if it feels like it is difficult to get to.
Re: Brandi R: Creative funks can be difficult to deal with. The fact you're looking for a way to get out of it is a good start. As a photographer, I find that what gets me out of a creative funk is to look for inspiration in other art mediums or to research a topic that I want to be more educated in. Most times contemporary art magazines are a great source for feeling reinvigorated with how much creativity still exists. Therefore making you want to create. And if research doesn't suit your needs, then go out and experience life. Go explore! Even if that means going for a walk around your neighborhood. Or interacting with someone you've always wanted to. Switch your routine up a bit!
Re: Sarah A: Although this is musically based, as a self-made writer I completely understand this feeling of hitting a brick wall and being stuck. In order to get out of a creative funk I truly and wholeheartedly believe that you should take some time for introspection and realign your life. Any time you don't feel creative is a time that something within you is changing and you cannot pinpoint why. Don't stress yourself out with the constant need to make music just to make it. If you want it to be good and meaningful to yourself and to others, it has to come organically. Patience is a virtue and art doesn't always have to be some big thing that its put up to be.