What to Do When You’ve Lost Your Creativity

What to Do When You’ve Lost Your Creativity

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.

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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!

Jessica Lam

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  • Istiana Bestari

    I definitely feel this sometimes! Thanks for the reminder and good advice! We have to remember why we’re doing everything in the first place–because we love it!

  • Riz

    I have little creative burn-outs ALL THE TIME. I think that might be why I’m the slowest posting blogger I know! But posting only when it feels right (and fun!) seems like the best way to go! Great advice!

  • bri ❁

    Absolutely love this & so glad I’m not the only one who goes through this!

  • Alice Chun

    I feel you girl… I haven’t picked up a pencil to sketch in over half a year…

  • So true! Sometimes I have to step back and remember why I started doing what I do and that always gets me back on track! What a great reminder 🙂

  • Such a helpful post! It’s amazing how we start to overthink and over analyze things when our blogs start to grow, instead of realizing that the realness and unplanned nature of things might have been what was pulling our audiences in!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    • That is so true!! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Katie Runyan

    I can definitely relate to this! It’s easy to panic when you get into a creative burn-out, especially as a blogger or someone who works in a creative industry. Thanks for the post!

    • Thanks for reading Katie! I’m glad you could relate 🙂

  • I totally agree! I can get really overwhelmed when it comes to blogging but I keep having to remind myself this is a hobby and not my job to keep from getting stressed. Like you said, it’s just for fun. If it’s not fun, I take it as a cue that I need a break.
    Thanks so much for writing this!

    • I’m glad you could relate Deborah! And I totally agree with taking a break when it starts to feel like a chore!

  • I can relate to this so much! I keep thinking about how I used to love posting on Instagram every day, but now it seems like such a chore so now I’m not doing it anymore. I still feel gross when I post a picture that isn’t “perfect” but I’m working on changing that!

  • I can 100% relate to this! Sometimes I just feel so uninspired, but this post was a good reminder that blogging and Instagramming should not be a chore.

    xo, Brooke
    http://www.livethepreplife.com

  • I’ve been having this struggle on and off for a couple of years and it’s SO frustrating. Love this post!

  • Jasmine Watson

    Completely agree with just having fun with it. I find creativeness comes easier when it’s spontaneous x

    Kisses and Love
    Jazziepickles xoxo

    • I agree with you! I have spontaneous creative moments here and there, but it doesn’t come often enough for me haha. Thanks for reading Jasmine 🙂