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When you're stuck in a creative rut, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Here are six ways to get that creative mojo up and running once again.
- Get back to the basics.
Getting back to the basics is one of the best ways to rekindle the love for what it is that you do. Try to remember what is it that made you first fall in love with your talent. If you're a singer, what was the first song that made tears come to your eyes? Play it again and try to recapture that feeling. If you're an artist, what was it about your medium that grabbed your attention? Finding that first feeling of love can be enough to get you out of your creative rut.
- Get out of your comfort zone.
Nothing inspires creativity like new adventures and experiences. Seek out opportunities that will take you out of your comfort zone to get those creative juices flowing. If you introverted, try starting a blog. If you have a busy schedule, carve out time to travel to a city you've never been to before, even a local one. Finding inspiration in new places and events is a sure fire way to get that creative mojo up and running.
- Try different mediums.
Sometimes creativity becomes crushed when we do the same old thing day in and day out. Finding different mediums can be the edge that we need. If you're a photographer, try a different landscape. If you're a writer, try writing in a different genre. It can be as simple as utilizing your talents in a different format to find inspiration.
- Take a class.
Locating a class or workshop in your field can spark originality. Learning a new skill or adding to your talent repertoire will inspire you to take your creativity to new heights. Nelson Mandela summed it up best when he said “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- Create something just for you.
Often we get caught up in worrying what others will think of our career path or the things we do creatively. We stress if the project will sell or if others will see the artistic message we are trying to convey. Put all that aside and create a just for you project—what you would create if time and money were not a priority.
- Teach a child.
Find a child who has expressed interest in what you do. Carve out time to teach him or her some of the basics of your art. Sharing with a curious eager student may spark that passion that has become lost.
Creativity ebbs and flows. When you find yourself struggling to find inspiration and originality in your work, try one, or all, of these bits and pieces. Your creative mojo will thank you.
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