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What to Do When You’ve Lost Your Creativity

What to Do When You’ve Lost Your Creativity

Lately I feel like I’ve lost my creativity.

I used to be able to look at a scene and take a decent photo with just the first shot.

I used to be able to write and finish short stories and poetry just for the sake of creative writing.

Nowadays, it all seems so forced.

I can’t take a nice photo without actively thinking about it or looking at other people’s photos for inspiration.

I only write if I have to, and I usually push aside any writing tasks until later.

What’s one to do when they can’t even enjoy the very thing that used to excite them?

I think what happened is that anything creative I’ve ever enjoyed doing has now 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 heck do I do about it?!

Here are some tips I’ve been using to re-inspire myself that hopefully will help you if you’ve also lost your creativity.

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1. Take a break

Why can’t I be creative anymore?

How can I get my creativity back?

Sometimes all you need to do is to take a break from being creative.

If being on social media is dulling your spark, try taking a week off of it.

If all your writing is starting to sound monotonous, take a break and do some reading or watching TV instead (there are tons of great and inspiring Netflix shows).

It’s not possible for everyone, but if you can, try and give yourself some time off from your creative activities.

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If you give yourself some time, it’ll hopefully give you some clarity and help you refresh your creative spark.

2. Be inspired by other creatives

Picture this situation: you’ve got yourself a writing assignment.

You’ve been staring at the blinking text cursor for 10 minutes now, constantly backspacing anything you even try to write.

If this is how you’re currently feeling, perhaps you need to get inspired by other creative people.

Search the internet for other blogs, pick up a book from your favourite author, or scroll through Instagram for inspiration.

It’s never a good idea to copy other creatives, but it’s great to be inspired by them.

If you’re looking for people to be inspired by, I’ve got a blog post all about my favourite Toronto bloggers!

3. Put it on paper

I don’t know what it is about physically writing or drawing things out, but it feels so much more productive than typing.

Try writing short stories in a notebook, or even planning out ideas for photoshoots or video shoots.

Sometimes having it on paper makes it easier to feel more inspired and creative!

This is why I actually prefer keeping my life organized using a physical planner rather than writing out my schedule on a digital calendar.

4. Start being creative again for fun

Here’s my mind-blowing 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.

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I’d snap a “cute” shot, write a fun little caption, and post it without hesitation.

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.

I’m trying now to post whenever I feel like it, and to shoot more just for fun.

So, try shooting some new Instagram photo ideas just for fun – even if you decide not to post them in the end!

What to do if you’ve lost your creativity:

  1. Take a break
  2. Be inspired by other creatives
  3. Put it on paper
  4. Start being creative again for fun

It’s tough getting out of a creative block, but hopefully these tips can help you become more inspired again.

We all go through creative ruts sometimes – it’s inevitable for most creatives.

Just remember to have fun with being creative and stop treating it like a chore!

Have you been in a creative block? What have you done when you’ve lost your creativity? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on self care tips, or any of my other posts on wellness.

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

Lost your creativity and trying to get it back? Here are tips on how to get out of your block if you've lost your creative spark.

Istiana Bestari

Saturday 28th of January 2017

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!

Jessica Lam

Sunday 29th of January 2017

I'm glad you could relate! :)


Saturday 28th of January 2017

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!

Jessica Lam

Sunday 29th of January 2017

Haha so true! Thanks Rizwan!

bri ❁

Friday 27th of January 2017

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

Jessica Lam

Sunday 29th of January 2017

Thanks for reading Bri! :)

Alice Chun

Thursday 26th of January 2017

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

Jessica Lam

Thursday 26th of January 2017

Hopefully you get to sometime soon! :)

Katie Runyan

Sunday 22nd of January 2017

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!

Jessica Lam

Monday 23rd of January 2017

Thanks for reading Katie! I'm glad you could relate :)