6 Things That Help Me Get Out Of A Creative Rut

I’ve been in a creative rut lately (that’s why I’ve missed a few weeks of blog posts). I haven’t been inspired, I’ve been super overwhelmed, and honestly a bit scared. August has bought me a lot of new things to face: juggling writing for other publication, job changes, and fighting the birthday reality where you realize you’re getting older and somehow that translates into not being on time with my goals.

Writing has been something I’ve always loved from a very young age. It started with journal entries and poems as a way to share my thoughts and help me get through life and developed into so much more. When I started this blog last year, I was depressed and sort of lost sight of who I was. I moved to a new city, experienced one of the most traumatic breakups, lost friends and family. I was desperate to get back to me and writing got me through all of that (and actual therapy). It helped me organize my thoughts, hold myself accountable, and get back to doing the things I really love. So in a way, I should really be grateful for these ruts because it always helps me come out with a clearer perspective.

I created a list of things to do when I find myself in this place again. So if you find yourself feeling stuck too, I hope this helps. Here are six things that I do to get out of a creative rut.

Take A Break

I take a step back from everything. I don’t want to react or do anything out of fear or pressure instead of passion. For weeks I couldn’t even think of a post to write, it got so bad that I just started writing about things that I wasn’t motivated by nor in the right space to write about. I don’t create just to create, I create things that stemmed from my life, things that I was motivated by, or things I just want to share. So in order to stay on brand and plan, I took a break.

Read Notes From Myself

I like to write love notes to myself. Sometimes they’re as simple as “you love to inspire other” or “this is your story to share.” It’s different from my daily affirmations and it’s things that I tend to forget in the midst of uncertainty and chaos. So, I remind myself of my purpose, future, and faith until I believe it and understand it again, because if I don’t believe it, I’m just saying things I have no attachment to.

“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.”

Find Inspiration In Other Things

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Photo cred: Brianna N. Rohlehr

For me, if I’m stuck I can’t find inspiration in my industry, I have to look outside of it. It may be weird but when I’m looking at other writers/bloggers when I’m in a rut, it leaves me really worst than I did, to begin with. I start to compare myself, thinking that I’m not doing enough, and puts me further in my rut because I don’t want to put out trash content. Instead, I look at other artists like musicians, painters, actors, even designers. I love to watch interviews of their stories on YouTube, listen to their music and create a new vibe.

Sometimes creative ruts stem from being complacent.

Read Books/Articles

I’ve been slacking when it comes to reading, but like I said before these creative ruts lowkey are a blessing. I got back to reading and feeding my mind positive information. Sometimes, I re-read books or articles that helped me get out of a tough time in the past. I do that because not only am I giving myself the information, but I also have a real life reference for when I overcame a situation. One book that I absolutely love to re-read in The University Of Success by Og Mandino. I definitely recommend getting that book!

Girl, you got out that, what makes you think you won’t get through this?

Change of Scenery

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Photo Cred: Chrome Yellow Trading Co.

Last week, I got together with one of my favorite girls and worked on some content. We went to two beautiful hipster-like coffee shops. We talked, took photos, and got to work. Changing my location and getting out of the house/office can be so refreshing. It allows me to take a breather, get inspired by new things, meet new people, and be in an environment with other creatives like myself. Creating space for things is just as important as making space for things.

Space invites creativity, giving thoughts, ideas, and inspiration a place to be.

Journaling

Journaling helps me organize my thoughts freely while being able to keep track of my mental process. It increases my self-awareness, stay in-tune with myself, and keep track of my personal and professional goals. This is something I have control over and is completely and solely inspired by me. One thing journaling made me remember is that writing is NEVER supposed to be stressful because it’s a part of my self-care routine.

Before I journal, I always meditate. I clear my head of everything else and focus only on my thoughts at that moment and how I’m feeling. It creates a sense of freedom for me as I write.

 

23 comments

  • Nikki

    It’s so hard to get inspired and stay inspired sometimes when you’ve lost your information. The biggest tip that you’ve mentioned that helps me is when I take a step back. I’ve built in one week at the end of each month where I take a break, even though I am still planning content and writing and interacting on social media it’s the one week where I’m not as pressed to get things done. It allows me to really think about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. I’ve never tried journaling but I’ve thinking about doing it.

  • Sydney

    It’s honestly amazing what a change of scenery can do! I should do it more often to get out of my own ruts.

  • Emma M

    I change the coffee shops i work from a lot in order to get inspired. Sometimes I just go to the library or go jogging before writing. The reading of books also helps but I’m such a scaredy cat that I haven’t published any of the book reviews that I’ve written; feel like they need to sound more proffessional. In due time I’ll publish all the work waiting in my drafts, still learning to get comfortable with my natural niche.

    • Krissy Lewis (author)

      Jogging is a good idea, I’m going to have to try that.

  • Natalie

    I have recently learned from that mistake when you look at other bloggers for inspomand begin to feel horrible about yourself! Comparison is the devil. I really need to find another space to create. Thanks for sharing

    • Krissy Lewis (author)

      Yes, girl. I think I’m doing well and then I see other peoples stuff and feel the exact opposite. I can’t do it anymore, at least until I get more discipline.

  • Shellnicole

    The crazy part about this is I have used everyone if these ideas to get motivation. My favorite is getting inspiration from others. I scroll my Instagram feed for dope content that helps me. I really love your perspective 💖

    • Krissy Lewis (author)

      Thank you!

  • Ravenwagner

    I need this post. Thank you.

    • Krissy Lewis (author)

      Me too, lol.

  • Kimberly

    Always struggle when I’m in a creative rut! This post has definitely given me some pointers!

    • Krissy Lewis (author)

      Girl, me too. I’m glad it helped!

  • Tiffany

    I’m currently in between this stage now and I’m going to take the steps you says into consideration. I think trying to balance so many things at one time can add to the creative struggle thanks for sharing!

    • Krissy Lewis (author)

      Definitely, that’s what got me in the rut, to begin with.

  • LeeAnah James

    I love finding notes from myself. Sometimes all I need is a thought or idea to run with! These are good tips especially getting out. I need to do that more.

    • Krissy Lewis (author)

      I feel the same way girl!

  • Bina

    I have recently been in this same rut. Mine seemed longer than usual but I had to basically do majority of what your wrote to get myself back in the game! All these things you listed is great information for anyone who is in a rut

  • TeAsia Battle

    I love this! Needing a change of scenery so much right now! I’m moving and I hope to decorate my place and also finally get out and get some air! Saved this for later because I love it so much.

    • Krissy Lewis (author)

      Thank you so much! Congratulation on your move <3

  • hadassah

    I’m in a rut right now and will try some of these things, its just been hard. thanks for the information sis <3

    • Krissy Lewis (author)

      You will overcome it, just give yourself time boo!

  • Lindsay Joseph

    I took a break nearly all summer long from my side hustle. No regrets…I was overworked and exhausted and just wanted time with my kids lol

    We underestimate the importance of a break because we’re so obsessed with working. It’s the little things we do to enjoy life that truly matter.

  • Elle

    Such a great blog post. And yes, you’re so right… ruts just allow us to come out better, stronger, and more creative. You have some really great info here. I’m definitely a new fan! Keep inspiring…

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