Surviving A Creative Crisis
A creative crisis hits everyone, no matter what they do. Similar issues arise in the creative fields as well as in everyday life. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to write: a book, an article for a blog, or anything else.
Because inspiration is unpredictable and fleeting, you must be able to write without waiting for it. Here are six simple tips that should help in this situation.
1) Set yourself up for only a few minutes of work
In fact, persuading yourself to work for a couple of minutes is very easy. It’s much harder to force yourself to do something all day long. Plus, five minutes is enough to start writing. During this time, you will have at least a few suggestions that you will surely want to continue.
2) Set a timer for “doing nothing”
Try not to do anything for exactly 15 minutes. Just relax, without distractions, even with your eyes closed. You’ll notice that you’ll tire of sitting around and, as soon as the alarm clock goes off, you’ll want to get to work! It’s also a time when you will come up with some brilliant ideas.
3) Forget about perfection
Write when you can. Don’t waste precious minutes trying to find “that” best phrase, because all your worthwhile ideas and thoughts may well disappear in the meantime.
Why not try free writing? It can help you get started, plus you can always polish later.
4) Break the task into parts
When you think about how much work still needs to be done, your hands quickly drop. Much better to split the writing preparation into conditional stages …
i) first, we produce the “dough” – the text’s framework
ii) then the “stuffing” (you may even have many layers), gradually filling the empty paragraphs with your thoughts
iii) finally, we send it all to the oven until done … That is, we leave our text alone. After a while, we can “taste it”! Is it good or not? Then we can sprinkle it with “powdered sugar” – adjust it, set accents, etc.
5) Say “no” to excuses
Excuses are all those pointless activities that eat up our time. Checking your e-mail, going to a social networking site, scrolling through your newsfeed, and so on. Clearly, such activities are not conducive to productive creativity.
Make a list of tasks that you plan to perform during the day, and put it in a visible place. Then you simply won’t have time to get distracted.
6) Write in the morning
The sooner you start to work, the more you’ll have time to write by evening. In contrast, those who constantly procrastinate rarely succeed. If you’re tired of the grind, take a break for a while. Take a walk, have some coffee, and get to work with renewed energy!
If you feel like you can’t write, don’t panic. To overcome your creative crisis, try applying some of these tips.
BIO: Rebecca Carter is a freelance writer and business coach at StudyEssay. She conducts lessons on topics related to the finance and analyst fields and also provides articles on Writing, Self-development, and Productivity.