It’s fun to just let your imagination go and see how it fuels your creativity. There is nothing more satisfying and liberating than to see the fruits of your labor – your creativity brought to life –, especially if it’s much to the satisfaction of others.
However, as creative as we can be, our muse doesn’t fire up every day or every time we want it to. It an be that way for days, weeks, or even months for that matter. There are a number of reasons why we experience ‘dry creativity’ spells – meaning periods of time in our life where we’re feeling unmotivated, uninspired, exhausted, and unable to keep up with the fast pace of our western culture. At the end of the day, we’re left with a void of creative thought. Stress, illness, and/or over-busy schedules are the most common factors.
The good news is this: There are ways you can break those barriers holding you back, unleash your imagination, and re-immerse yourself in a regular flow of creative ideas, regardless of what you’re currently going through in life.
1. Take time for prayer and meditation.
Carve out time in your daily schedule, regardless of how packed it is, and devote it to prayer, or any other type of meditation. Whatever you prefer. Prayer holds so much power because it helps declutter your mind and it releases you from all the daily stressors that weigh you down. When your mind is at rest, that’s when you are able to think much more clearly. It’s in those moments when the best, most creative ideas come to mind. Be sure to keep a journal on hand.
2. Walk or hike on a regular basis.
Get outside when the weather is nice and explore nature — or at least your neighborhood — on foot at least a couple of times per week. Walking is a way to be physically active, but it’s also a way to declutter your mind and minimize stress.
As you walk, breathe in that fresh air, feel the warmth – or coldness – of it on your skin, and take notice of your surroundings. What do you see? Hear? Smell? How does it make you feel? Let your senses be your guide. They are enough to ignite imagination which fuels creativity.
3. Read lots of books.
Books are your best friend, especially if you’re really stuck for ideas. Read non fiction and self-help books on the subject matters that interest you the most. These types of books are what gives us knowledge. The more knowledge you have on more than one subject matter, the more you’ll stimulate that creative muse. That’s because greater ideas are born with greater knowledge.
Don’t forget to read for pleasure as well. There is nothing more satisfying and relaxing than being engrossed in a phycological thriller or suspense novel on a lazy evening. You get the point. You also never know where a fresh idea might come to mind.
4. Take an online course.
Are you looking for a way to take your creative skills to the next level? There are numerous courses online. The options are endless. You have your pick of the following: Writing, photography, sketching, fine art, digital art, design, crafts making, jewelry making, and more.
By taking a course, you give yourself the opportunity to expand your knowledge of your chosen craft. It also gives you a chance to hone and further expand your skillset. This is especially important if you’re keen on earning an income from your craft.
Courses range in price from free to thousands of dollars. This is great because it gives you an option to take a course without having to break the bank account. In any case, it’s well worth the investment.
5. Experience Life
Yes, get out and live! Embrace all that life has to offer, including the bad moments.
Life experience is most important because it has the biggest impact on our creative muse. Certain experiences can fuel creativity, or they can quelch one aspect of it and send you on an entirely different path in life, one that you’ve never considered before.
For example, the lockdowns in 2020 forced you to shut down your fitness classes and you haven’t been able to re-launch your classes since, so you’ve decided to attend fitness classes as a participant. That fuels your desire to start writing articles on health and fitness. You never know where that will lead you and what opportunities will present themselves in the near future.
We’ve all gone through so much hardship over the past two years, it’s easy to get so battered down by all the trauma. However, if you take time to reflect on your experiences over these past two years, you can turn things around. Your pain can become your greatest creative asset; one that will set you on a path to healing while helping others along the way.
A word of caution: Tell only a couple of trusted friends about your ideas. A good friend will always encourage you in whatever endeavor you pursue. A bad friend will quelch those great ideas and your creativity along with it because they will sow seeds of doubt in your mind. It happens time and again. That’s why it’s not a bad thing to be a little guarded.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to enhancing creativity. As mentioned, creativity ebbs and flows. You can follow all five of these steps. Whatever works best for you. How you overcome a dry creativity spell is entirely up to you. Where there is a will, there is always a way.