The sun feels insanely heavy. The same sort of heaviness your eyes feel when you are struggling to stay awake. Sometimes, counterintuitively, light can feel oppressive. Baking down on you, turning your shoulders and the bridge of your nose bright crimson by early afternoon. I am feeling weighed down.
Over the past couple of weeks I have found myself in a bit of a funk. Every creative I know experiences periods where there is a massive influx of inspiration...but what occurs outside of those moments, days, and weeks? In-betweens are extremely challenging for anyone to deal with. However, I’ve found that as an artist, being in-between jobs, ideas, or even seasons is particularly dreary. I don’t feel productive, fulfilled, or able to provide myself with outlets to express my emotions and experiences.
Many people struggle to release themselves from creative funks. A common remedy? Waiting for inspiration to strike.
That solution does not suit me, so I have spent time questioning what options exist outside of just waiting around. What choices can actively be made to expedite the creative process? How do you remind yourself of everything that has propelled you to the point you are at now?
The beauty of a creativity based career is choice. When you are composing, designing, drawing, or painting it is up to you what you want to create. Artistic abilities can be utilized in just about every field, so it can be challenging to even begin to decide how you want to use your talents.
Sometimes options over-complicate things. Caterpillars must turn into chrysalises, and butterflies and moths inevitably emerge from their cocoons. Their evolutionary process is incredibly ((and maybe sometimes enviously)) straight forward. Humans, on the other hand, have unlimited options at every single developmental stage and phase. Sometimes those options can be narrowed down by interest, talent, and ability. But, sometimes interest, talent, and ability open even more doors. When you aren’t sure exactly what you love, what are you supposed to do? When you can work from anywhere in the world, where do you go? When you love music and film and fashion and art and literature, how do you create a career that encompasses it all? How do you fill your days? How do you spend your time?
Options can be overwhelming. To get over inspirational obstacles ask yourself some questions:
Options can be exhausting. To release yourself from a creative funk ((instead of trying the “waiting around” method)) try out some of my tips:
Sometimes options over-complicate things, revel in the confusion and evolve at your own pace.
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As an artist and writer, I find lots of inspiration through reading. Reading is a simple form of escapism: with the flip of a page or the scan of a paragraph you can transport yourself to faraway cities or towering mountain ranges. I am a voracious reader and am always looking for new novels to add to my constantly expanding collection. Over the past couple of months I have read about 30 books and wanted to share some of my favorites with you this week!!
If you’d like to see other books I have blogged about in the past you can view those posts here and here.