Recently, I’ve just been feeling so uninspired. I’ve only really been posting once a week on here due to my lack of motivation, and reading itself has seemed a chore at times. Plus my novel writing has yet again ground to a halt: it literally feels like every time I say ‘hey, my novel is going well!’, I’m bound to lose the plot almost immediately.
I’m not even entirely sure what the problem is. Maybe it’s just because it’s been a stressful couple of weeks with one thing or another (job interviews, family stuff, life decision stuff, etc.), or maybe it’s just one of those phases you go through as a creative person. Maybe it’s just that I’ve started watching ‘The Walking Dead’, and so now all I want to do when I get home from work is curl up with my tea and watch some zombies get shot! Who knows, but it has been super annoying, so I’ve been trying so hard to get myself out of my uninspired funk.
So far it seems to be working a little bit: I’ve posted on here a little more frequently the last few days, and I’m currently making headway with Outlander (not much novel writing yet, but I have a plan for that!). So I thought I’d share my ways of staying inspired, and if you have any tips yourself I’d love to hear them (I need all the help I can get!)!
- Reading Blogs.
One of the main things that inspired me to start my own blog was reading others, and so I think sometimes when you feel uninspired with blogging the best thing to do is read some blogs and remind yourself why you love it. When you hit a slump you can start to feel disconnected from the blogging world, and so if you go and read some of your old favourites, it can be a gateway back in.
Reading other blogger’s posts might also spark off some ideas for your own (although of course taking inspiration is fine – copying is not!) and you may find yourself burning to write a blog post!
- Doing something different.
Sometimes I wonder if my lack of inspiration in my blogging life is due to boredom around my content. It can easy to fall into a bit of a creative rut, and so trying something even slightly different can be refreshing. My Life Lately posts are a product of that, and I do really enjoy writing them! It’s nice to just do a chatty update kind of a post for a bit of a change from all the purely bookish stuff (however much I do love writing it!).
- Trying different mediums.
Most creative people have a preferred branch (or branches) of creativity they prefer; so for some it’s drawing or painting or playing guitar, and for others, like me, it’a writing. So sometimes if you’re just not feeling your usual creative pursuits, I think it can be helpful to try another, just to get those creative juices flowing somehow.
For example, I’ve tried just doing a bit of doodling recently with some marker pens, and whilst the things I’ve created have been terrible in my opinion (drawing has definitely never been my forte!), it’s been relaxing, and has got me excited about creating again.
- Getting out and about.
My creative slumps always tend to come at times when I’ve not really done anything or been anywhere other than work and home. When that’s the case I think it’s so easy to become lethargic and just sit at home and watch TV instead of being productive, or doing the things you normally enjoy.
However, I personally find that going out and doing things gives me energy, which I can then carry over to my reading and blogging, and sometimes something will even spark an idea whilst I’m out.
- Forcing yourself to work without inspiration.
I’m sure I’ve heard a quote somewhere that says something along the lines of ‘inspiration comes from starting’, and to an extent I think that’s true. If you force yourself to write when you don’t necessarily feel inspired, then there’s a reasonable chance you’ll get into it after a while and inspiration will take flight. Showing up is half the battle, and so that’s what I’ve been trying to do these last few days with my blog!
I also have a plan along these lines for my novel – November is fast approaching and with it NaNoWriMo, and I’m thinking of using that challenge to complete the draft of the novel I’m writing. Hopefully a bit of discipline (plus a sense of camaraderie with millions of other writers!) will reignite my inspiration!
So how do you stay inspired?