At first, this drought resembled a photo drought, but now, it's turned into an all out creativity drought. I am experiencing the thing that keeps people from 365 projects: A complete loss of ideas and creative drive.
Everyone hits this point eventually, and I'm shocked I made it to Day 200 or so without it getting this bad. This week has been rough for unrelated reasons, and life has gotten in the way. Stress and a busy schedule kill creativity like no other, and the only way I can see myself crawling out of this pit is a routine. (It also doesn't help that I can't get wifi set up at my new house again until Aug 12, spending a lot of time at Starbucks lately)
How do I get out of this creativity-void pit? How does anyone get out of it? Well here's what I'm going to try throughout the week that has worked before, and it could work for you. I'll make sure to report back my findings.
1. Exercise: I haven't been doing this lately, but I was for the most of year so far. It fills me with energy and gets my brain waves moving.
2. Writing: What am I going to write about? Maybe just what's happening in my life, what I ate for lunch, or a list of the day's events. Anything that can spark something.
3. Take more photos unrelated to any projects I have going on right now: writers get inspiration from writing more, not just sitting around waiting for an idea to strike. Photographers take better photos when they take a lot of photos.
4. Get inspiring figures to come to the podcast table: I have a list of people I want to invite to the podcast, and I've been slowly making my way through that list. I want the podcast to inspire listeners, but I also want to be inspired by the people I invite to speak. Episode 9 should be one of those episodes. (Comes out Monday!)
5. Expose myself to new work and art: I want to research things I know nothing about, watch movies I would have never watched otherwise, listen to new music, etc. Anything that could jumpstart my mind with new stuff of my own. I want to make original work, not just "cover songs". To make groundbreaking stuff, I need to experience groundbreaking stuff. I need to break art apart and find what's different, what makes it stand out. Looks like I'll be spending a lot of time at the coffee shop.
I'm gonna apply these steps this week, and see what happens. I know some good has to come out of it no matter what since it's all mostly worked for me before. Life gets in the way a lot, but life feels a lot easier to manage (at least for me) when I have a steady creative output. If you're in the same boat as me, give it a try.