Creative people have a reputation for being free-spirited, individualistic, and openminded creatures who somehow spin intangible things like ideas and inspiration into epic novels, fine art, and musical masterpieces. It’s a lovely talent to have, but these right-brained leanings come with downsides that get us labeled as sensitive, inconsistent, or downright weird.
Opening up about our struggles can be hard. They can be challenging for non-creative people to grasp or sympathize with. They often tie directly to our vulnerability about our artistic abilities or worth. And sometimes we simply don’t have a way to unravel the complex tangle of emotions into a comprehendible sentence. The good news is, you’re not alone!
Today, I’m here to share five things to remember if you’re coming down with a case of creative blues, feeling a little blocked, struggling to feel excited about your creative projects, or in the midst of some serious burnout.
There are people who claim that creative block is nothing more than an illusion devised by the mind. Pushing through and trying anyway yields a surprising and productive result. This is true. We can create even when the whim doesn’t strike us. We can do good work even when we’d rather not do any at all. This is an incredibly human trait. It’s how we survive Mondays.
That being said, I do believe in creative block. True creative block isn’t about lack of motivation or unwillingness to put forth effort. There’s no muscling through or working around it. If you’re among those of us who occasionally suffer from this inexplicable inability to create, I’m here to share some of my personal insights.
You started Camp NaNo on July 1 with every good intention, but something wasn’t clicking and you quit trying a few days later.
You intended to do Camp NaNoWriMo, but Day 1 rolled around and the hardcore procrastination began. Here we are, halfway through the month, and you haven’t even started yet.
You tried so hard to stay on track, but real life had other plans and writing had to take a back seat. Now, you’re woefully behind and losing motivation to continue because winning is pretty much out of the question.
Maybe your situation resembles one, none, or all three of these. Regardless, we’re sitting at the halfway point of Camp NaNoWriMo with almost zero progress. Yep. Me, too.
Do you still want to make the best of Camp NaNoWriMo? Read on for a few tips and tricks to making the most of this month’s writing time.
Distractions have to wait until Camp NaNoWriMo is over, which includes little things like binging season 2 of Miraculous Ladybug on Netflix, taking pictures of new-thrifted books for Instagram, and editing those pesky sentences that are clearly riddled with mistakes and somehow written completely backward. Keep moving forward!
Question of the Day: What’s your biggest distraction during NaNoWriMo?
We’re a week into Camp NaNoWriMo, and if you’re like me, you’re already tired. The month-long deadline and a crazy-high goal does enforce the need for daily commitment to our project, but it also has a tendency to wear us out fast. Here are some handy tips for staying motivated during the next three weeks.