When your creativity is waning
I recently read a great post on Kind over Matter. In it, Amanda lists a bunch of ideas for kickstarting your creativity like finger painting, trying a new medium, logging off Facebook and Twitter, and so on. I subscribe to this and other blogs about creativity for this very reason. Sometimes the well is running a bit dry and I need an infusion.
We live in a world full of political agendas, violence, crime, illness, and news media that thrives on conflict. This constant barrage of bad news can drain you of precious energy that you could spend on a passionate creative pursuit. I think many of the world’s ills could be cured if people watched less news and created more art in whatever form their art may take!
I am always looking for ways to poke the muse. It is too easy in this hi-tech, bustling world where busy is rewarded and dreams get trampled in the stampede up the ladder to let your creativity languish. Ignored creativity can become an infection in the heart, a disease of the body and mind, leading to a life without passion, fun and frivolity.
Some of the other inspirational people I follow:
Jill Badonsky, both on Facebook and through her newsletter and books – The Awemanac and Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Body Guard). I so enjoyed her first two books that I have pre-ordered her new one, out this winter – The Muse is In: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity.
I follow The Purpose Fairy blog which is filled with wonderful, inspirational articles about how to believe in yourself and not let the world bring you down. This site never fails to inspire with articles like Letting Go of Opinions that Taint Us and Following your Passions and Finding your Purpose.
And Soulfulliving.com always leaves me thinking. Here you will find articles on everything from using creativity to access the divine, how to declutter your life and your mind to make room in your life for your true passion, how to discover peace and gratitude.
Perhaps one of the best places for me to go to get a creativity infusion, though, is my WordPress blog reader! Or the email account I set up specifically to act as a blog reader for the non-Wordpress blogs I follow. I started following the blogs of published authors but now find I am drawn more towards the unpublished writers, the amateur photographers and artists, and those who, like me, are just trying to make a little sense of their world. Even if you don’t actually start a blog, I highly recommend you create a log in on WordPress and go to the “Freshly Pressed” page and just start poking around. See what lifts your skirt! Follow anyone who seems to be speaking directly to you or creates art in a medium that inspires you. Within a week or two, your blog reader will be filled with inspiration!
So if you are feeling worn out by the bombardment of bad news and depressed by the lack of magic in the world around you, seek out something that is uplifting to your creativity! Click on any of the above links and let yourself play!