How to deal with creative dryness.

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I’m sure that every creative goes through a period of “creative dryness”. This can be extremely frustrating and might lead you to want to give up.

I’ve gone through these periods several times and trust me I’ve wanted to quit so many times, but here are some steps that I’ve taken that’s led me to keep going.

Take a break

Yes, that’s right. Taking a break to calm your mind down and understand what creative direction you want to go in is very important. Many times, I’ve had to take a step back from writing because I knew my content sucked and I wasn’t giving my best. For me it’s better to have quality content than to have 14 posts a month.

Get inspiration

If you’re a writer, reading books, articles, other blogs, etc. might give you ideas and the edge that you need. For me, reading really gets my mind flowing and ideas start to come in. Artists might want to go to a museum or an art show. Musicians might want to spend hours listening to music. Etc.

Make your workspace fun

This is something that I am still working on. My workspace at home is literally my bed. Sometimes I sit on my couch and sometimes I even write while I have downtime at work. I do have a dream workspace and I know exactly how I want it to look, what my color scheme would be, etc. (I will write another post about that). If my workspace is cluttered or there isn’t enough light or I have distractions around me, I will not work to the best of my ability.

These are some ways that I have dealt with “creative dryness”. What are some of the ways that you’ve combatted this problem?

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