Not Feeling Creative + How to Spark Your Creativity!

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This post is about to get real.

Not feeling creative SUCKS.

In addition to comparing myself to other bloggers over the last month, I’ve also felt a serious lack in creativity for blogging, which didn’t help me at all.

Over the last two weeks, I felt uninspired to write and felt like I wasn’t creative. Nothing felt new. Every idea I had didn’t feel good enough, and didn’t feel the creativity to develop the content. It was almost like I didn’t a creative spark to write a post. Instead, the content felt too planned out, uninspiring—and flat out bad.

Needless to say, the last two weeks have been rough in terms of blogging. I’ve felt stuck in a blogging rut, and it hasn’t been a fun feeling.

However, I’m happy to say that now that I have gone through this rut of creativity, I know what to do in order to pull myself out of it, which is why I’m sharing three ways to pull yourself out of a blogging rut and spark your creativity.

Don’t write for a few days:

I noticed that the more I pressure myself to create content, the less creative I feel to write the content. Of course, there are times where I need to plan a post ahead, or plan content in advanced, but when I pressure myself to write all the time, I lack ideas, inspiration and creativity to write. So, I took a break (this break turned out to be a week-long break, but that’s okay!) but this break taught me that we need to remove pressure in order to get that spark of creativity.

Keep a notebook with you:

Over the course of three days, I kept track of when creativity crept up. It turns out, I get the most inspired and creative when I’m looking at magazines, or doing my makeup. A blog post idea will pop out of no where, and I jot down the idea and any other information that comes to mind for that post. Allowing creativity to spark naturally has helped me keep track of posts I know I’ll be proud of. I’ve written down ideas when doing my makeup in the morning, at my desk at work, and cleaning up my room in the evening.

Don’t overthink it:

This seems easier said than done, but don’t overthink each post you write. If you have an idea, roll with it. If you need a break, take one and come back to it. If you realize you hate where that idea is going, scrap it and try it a different way. Don’t over analyze every word you type. When I overthink my wording or my posts in general, I lose my creativity and inspiration to write. Let the process of creativity happen naturally. It’s the easiest way to spark your creativity, and create content you’ll love.

Next time you’re in a blogging rut, or feel like you’re lacking creativity, follow some of these tips!

Have you ever felt like you were lacking creativity? How did you spark your creativity? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Candy Kage

    I go for a walk or just getting together with some friends and listening to what is happening in their lives, struggles, interested they have will spark something.

    • Having a close group of friends is always important when you’re struggling–even if it’s creatively.

  • I needed this today! I’m feeling so uninspired lately and it doesn’t help that my planned posts are not working out the way I wanted them to. It’s hard to give yourself a break, but sometimes it is really needed to get the energy back that is required in blogging. Thanks for sharing!

    • I hear ya! Taking a break is definitely the best piece of advice I can offer! It’s wonderful to take time for yourself to reflect and to spark your creativity.

  • I always keep a notebook by my bed at night and I use the notes app on my iPhone for jotting down ideas at random. You never know when an idea might pop in your head and doing this is so helpful! Sometimes I think going back through old posts and seeing which ones were were-received is helpful in formulating ideas. Checking the comments section for subjects that others might have questions on, is helpful too. Great post!

    • Thank you so much, Cara! I love what you said about going through past posts and comments. I will be sure to try that next time I’m in a creative rut!

  • Boxwood Avenue

    I think keeping a notebook is a great idea! I think I will start doing that!

    • Having a notebook with me at all times also allows me to have a reason for my ridiculous notebook collection, haha!

  • Neely

    I always keep a notebook with me for this reason!

  • Taking a break always helps me out 🙂

    xoxo, Jenny

    • I couldn’t agree more! Breaks are very helpful for reflection, and just to give yourself time to relax and not to overthink your posts.

  • Donnica Smalls

    I always keep a notebook or my planner with me to jot down ideas. I also find it helpful to take a break and go enjoy an activity. After not thinking about it for a bit. I come back refreshed.

    • Yes! I should also mention having other activities you enjoy is also important. I used to be into fitness, but blogging, school and work too priority. But now that I graduated and work full time, I’m hoping I can make equal time for fitness and blogging!

  • I have a note in my phone that I keep a TON of post ideas that I use for inspiration later!

    • I’ve never used my phone for notes, but I will give it a try! I feel like I’m a little old fashioned when it comes to note-taking and making sure I physically write it down, haha!