What to do When Creativity Takes a Vacation

What To Do When Creativity Takes a Vacation

You may have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet so far this week.

Last week I was a creative dynamo, I wrote 2 products and over 10 long form emails.

This week I am as creative as a one legged cat with a box of legos.

It’s just not going to happen.

But that’s ok because a long time ago I realised that was how my mind worked. Short, sharp bursts of creativity then it checks into rehab for a while.

I work around it and when it does spark back into life, I make the most of it.

The author Neal Stephenson, started writing a book and told his wife he wouldn’t shave until he finished it… it took 6 years and turned into 8 books in 3 Volumes collectively known as the Baroque Cycle. When he wasn’t feeling creative he did other things and waited for the muse to return.

There is nothing worse than forcing yourself to write or create content when you aren’t in the zone.

Next time you sit down to create an article, a blog post or an email series and you can’t get “in the zone” don’t worry about it. Do something that doesn’t take much creativity.

Then when you suddenly feel the creative juices gushing like a Texas oil well, make the most of it, create as much as you can. Grab that ball and run like Forrest Gump.

Some days are going to be your creative days and others are going to be your “lets look at more cats on YouTube” days.

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I don’t particularly like cats and can’t think of anything worse than watching videos of other peoples’ cats, so on those days I head off to local cafes.

Everything you need to regain your creativity can be found in a cafe.

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You can read, you can just sit and people watch, you can listen to what’s going on around or you can write.

Singularly they may not kickstart your muse but together it’s like taking water and adding yeast and barley. They are more than the sum of their parts.

Guess where I wrote this short article… on the Paseo in Marbella with alLatte and a nice cheesecake. See it works!

If you’ve got friends who are in a bit of a creative rut, share this article, they’ll thank you for it!
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