Can I tell you something that’s really difficult about being a creative entrepreneur?
Waiting for the Creativity Bug to Strike.
I swear sometimes it’s like creativity is far outside my control. It feels like it just comes and goes as it pleases, and when it comes I better have a pen, paper, or laptop handy, because who knows how long it might stay!
(I know this is a topic talked about in Big Magic. It’s currently sitting on my bedside table. But at the time of writing this, I still haven’t cracked it open quite yet.) (Update: I started reading it and it’s amazing. Read it.)
When I made the decision to quit my day job and pursue my daydream, something truly terrible happened to me.
I lost my inspiration.
Literally disappeared into thin air and I truly couldn’t seem to get it back.
Imagine my horror (ok and also how impressed and proud I was) to realize that my sweet sister in law had managed to start a blog and post regularly while working full-time and taking care of a newborn, all the while I had declared that I was running blogs and businesses full time, only to realize that I couldn’t bring myself to publish a single post!
Apart from the insecurity of comparison (which is a topic for a different day), I was simply truly terrified that now that I had the time to pursue my daydream, the inspiration to do so simply disappeared.
So what’s a girl to do to get her inspiration back?
Two things have helped so far.
1. Go find the inspiration.
There are things in life that I know inspire me. And one of those things is helping other people brainstorm how to chase their dreams and passions. Something just comes alive inside me when I see someone stepping into a niche where they truly belong and watching them thrive. It fills me with inspiration and creativity and all of a sudden ideas on how they can reach their next level all of a sudden begin to flow.
If I am lucky, the inspiration I have for them tends to rub off on me as well.
2. Don’t press the Snooze button on your ideas
Seriously, once the ideas start flowing, bust out that notebook or laptop and get to writing. Go with the flow. Once you’re in the flow, it seems to pick up steam. You all of a sudden start to be carried by the current of ideas and get to sit back and watch where they may lead.
And that is what happened to me tonight… after weeks of barely being able to put together a paragraph and few hours of FaceTime brainstorming with another blogger, I’m all of a sudden up at 2 am, typing away, and on my 4th post of the night.
It’s completely inconvenient on so many levels, but I’ve got to say- it’s totally worth it. Who knows if these ideas would have been here in the morning?
In the meantime, I need to dive into Big Magic. (Update: I need to finish Big Magic)
I hear that Elizabeth Gilbert made a deal with her creativity. And I really think I could benefit from making a deal (and possibly a curfew) with mine.
So Tell Me:
- When does your creativity drive tend to strike?
- What do you do when you can’t find your inspiration
- What accommodations have you made for yourself to follow where your creativity may lead?
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