4.09.2014

A Creative Rut




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For a few months now, I have felt like I haven't had many ideas flowing of things to create and share. Have you ever been in a "funk" creatively for no good reason? I blame it on the harsh winter, but I know I have just been making excuses. I have probably started ten different projects and not finished but a few, and they were just alright- nothing too special. I realized that I was wanting ideas and when I had an idea, I wouldn't follow through if the starting idea wasn't perfect or easy. I'm learning that your starting idea is never perfect, should never be perfect and if it were easy then it probably isn't a great idea. Ideas are meant to evolve and grow into something much greater and sometimes completely different than the initial idea. You have to keep chipping at the rock to turn it into something beautiful and well made. Ideas are good and all, but you have to work past obstacles to see something great.
I've always thought creativity inspires creativity and failing can give you an even better idea of how to reach the end goal. I haven't been doing that: I haven't been creating just to create and see these ideas evolve without fear of failing. So, I'm going to spend time on these ideas and keep chipping away at them and work my way out of this creative rut instead of just waiting for it to magically happen.

Have you ever dealt with anything like this? What are your thoughts?


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  1. you are so right with the thought that creativity inspires creativity. never thought of it that way, but so true. thanks for the thoughts. I wish you lots of success and fun with starting to create pretty things again

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  2. My remedy is some warm tea, some music, and some friends. Those are the things that inspire me! :)

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    1. I agree! Hot tea is the answer to a lot of things;)

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  3. This happens to me fairly often. I find that I stay in the funk unless I push through it - make myself write a post, finish a project, even if I don't want to. That being said, there's nothing wrong with taking some time to regroup, especially when you're always creating like you are! I'm sure you'll be back at it in no time :)

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    1. I think you are right, Hannah. I think pushing through projects not knowing the outcome is a huge deal! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  4. I am only just discovering my creative side. Growing up I was always academic and loved numbers. Now Im finding my true colours in my creativity and so its hard to realise that sometimes my creative ideas fail, sometimes I will be stuck in a creative-block that I cannot get out of easily. For me I like to step away from my ideas and my projects for a little while so I can recuperate and rethink. I can get away and let my brain to reboot and start fresh again.

    Confidence in ones self is also crucial and not having a fear of failure because frankly, we will be failing for the rest of our lives. Its all about learning how to deal with failure and step forward

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    1. We will be failing for the rest of our lives...and there is nothing wrong with that! I think it is just using that to propel you forward!

      I'm excited to see your creative side come out more and see you hone those gifts!

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  5. I find that taking some time away from my creative pursuits can help. Even one day can make a big difference in recharging my batteries. Once I'm rested and ready to return, changing locations can help change how I look at things- going for a walk, visiting an art museum, getting tea at a cafe I haven't visited before. And, as always, reading my blog roll, playing around with a new project, photo editing technique, or spending time learning something new (currently learning HTML on CodeAcademy and Spanish on Duolingo) get my gears turning and creative juices flowing.
    It's definitely important to know yourself and what works for you. Good luck!
    Claire
    http://hoopesparkstudios.wordpress.com

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    1. Changing locations is huge, I've learned! This week I got out more and enjoyed the weather and I have seen a huge change. Thanks for all the tips-all very helpful:)

      Thanks!

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  6. I'm in and out of that funk all the time! I've been in it quite a bit lately to be honest.
    I get so bummed when I've had a week of projects that haven't turned out perfectly and then I end up not putting my heart into the next week's projects and the cycle just continues. I usually just have to step away from it for a while and usually the ideas start coming back when I'm relaxed and not forcing projects.
    Go for some hikes and explore some antique shops - that usually works for me!

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    1. Ah..the vicious cycle. I've stepped out more this week just to go on long walks and explore gardens and I've seen a huge difference. Thanks for the help, Caitlin!

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  7. You are very right! I've been a little in the spot myself after this long winter. Thanks for the inspiration! I've noticed that you haven't been doing as much on your blog lately and I've missed you! You have some of the best DIY's and you explain everything so simply, yet thoroughly and with LOTS of pictures which I really appreciate. Keep up the good work and keep pushing forward!

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