I used to be able to look at a scene and take a nice photo the first time. I used to be able to write short stories and poetry just for the sake of creative writing. I used to enjoy Tweeting about silly things that happened throughout the day because I wanted to be able to look back on them later and laugh.
Nowadays, it all seems so forced. I can’t take a nice photo without thinking about it or looking at other people’s photos for inspiration. I only write if I have to. I don’t really Tweet that often because anything I write seems like I’m trying too hard. Whenever I have a blog post to write or photos to shoot, I kind of push it aside and hope it gets itself done.
I think what happened here is that everything creative I’ve ever enjoyed doing has become a chore. I guess that’s the problem with pursuing what you love as a career: it becomes less of a hobby, and more of something you just have to do.
So what the hell do I do about it?! Here’s my super-amazing-useful tip for how to reignite the flame with your creative passion: start doing it for fun. Remember when you used to do that? Try to recall why you fell in love with your passion in the first place.
Back in the day, I was posting on Instagram all the time without even thinking about it. Now, I have to take the time to plan and schedule my posts to correlate with my blog posts and I have to find time to shoot and edit photos. Instagram stopped becoming fun for me when I had to post photos. To make it more “fun” for myself, I recently decided to not have a theme and just post whatever I want, and I also haven’t been posting daily (sorry New Year’s Resolution), because I don’t want to post just because I feel obligated to.
We all go through creative ruts sometimes. Just remember to have fun with it and stop treating it like a chore!