“BLOGGERS BLOCK AND LACK OF INSPIRATION HITS ALL OF US AT TIMES, BUT WHY IS LIFTING YOURSELF OUT OF THE SELF COMPARISON PIT SO DIFFICULT?”
Writers block and lack of inspiration, is undoubtedly something that happens to the best of us. It pops it’s boisterous and unwanted head up, just as you have a ka-jillion things to do and are probably mid-way through beating yourself up for being a crap blogger as it is. The wonder of self doubt and lack of motivation, a lovely thing that in turn, also seriously effects my productivity levels. A big, unwanted, no-no. But why is it so difficult to lift yourself out this pit?
Over the years I’ve began to build ways that are almost always, guaranteed to perk me up, give my creativity a boost and my mind a fresh burst of influence and incentive. I wrote a while ago, here, all about how to get over bloggers block. But after posting on my insta stories, about my inspiration habits and how I get re-inspired to create, a lot of you seemed interested in my methods. So I thought I’d round it up all in a post for you and share how I get inspired to write block posts and create content!
SAVE SAVE SAVE EVERYTHING THAT INSPIRES YOU
Save Instagram posts, bookmark web pages and if you haven’t got Pinterest and 5 million boards for each area of your life already; stop what you’re doing immediately! Inhale, digest and save content, images and things that inspire you. Trip coming up? Make a Pinterest board for it and brief back over it whilst you’re there to re-inspire. Use it as a method to propel you to create something uniquely you and something that really excites you! Don’t try to mimic, but sit back and ask yourself how these blog posts/insta snaps make you feel and why you enjoy them, and then channel that into your own work. I have fashion boards saved into seasons, which takes me about 1 minute max to get instantly inspired after browsing through! I find inspirational sources particularly useful for when you have an important campaign and really want to make something bespoke, beautiful and well thought out. Don’t let anything slip you buy – if it makes you feel excited and eager to create – save it – you’ll thank yourself!
“MORE THAN OFTEN AND RATHER FRUSTRATINGLY, I CAN’T TELL YOU THE AMOUNT OF TIMES THAT INSPIRATION HAS HEAVILY KICKED IN WHILST I’VE BEEN LYING IN BED, TRYING TO NOD OFF.”
GO OLD SCHOOL AND SCRAP BOOK
So this was what inspired me to type up this whole post in the first place, in hopes of it perhaps helping you guys, sharing my little rituals and also acting as a reminder for myself! I shared a little snippet of my scrap book over on my Insta Stories and so many of you seemed intrigued by the whole idea and asking whether I found it helped me when bloggers block striked. I have a big old, hard backed notebook from PaperChase and I fill it with Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar and Cosmo cuttings. Editorials that inspire me, column layouts, beauty edits, lipstick campaigns and everything in between. I cut them out if they give me a dose of creativity and keep them safe, ready for an evening of gluing and creating moodboards on my bed (wine and candles optional!)
I have pages for design ideas, photography concepts, outfits I like and textures that compliment each other. I name them with scribbles, which can be anything from ‘wanderlust fields’ to ‘handbag love’ – anything to categorise them and help me when flicking through for some inspo. I means you have anything that inspired you in print, readily available to you in sections. Have fun with it and enjoy the process of gluing images together to create collages. This works similarly to Pinterest, but the cutting and pasting is extremely satisfying! I use this if I’m struggling to generate campaign or shoot concepts and have a theme in mind! This is also just a lovely, physical and creative outlet and scrap booking is seriously underestimated!
DON’T LOSE TOUCH AND STRIKE WHILST THE IRON IS HOT
Over the years, I’ve garnered many a notebooks, all of which are filled to the brim with blog post drafts, hastily scribbled down ideas and hundreds of topics and post titles, yet to be published. I write ideas down and when I’m lacking ideas, I’ll browse through and if something particularly jumps out at me, I’ll start typing out my thoughts and watch it materialise. The worst thing about being a bit uninspired is forcing yourself to write or create something that just isn’t there. It will be un engaging, uninteresting, with not even yourself wanting to read it. It needs to come from somewhere passionate, so don’t force anything and allow yourself to become organically inspired.
More than often and rather frustratingly, I can’t tell you the amount of times that inspiration has heavily kicked in whilst I’ve been in bed trying to nod off. It’s always severely strong too, meaning it’s difficult to ignore – this is when the mind runs wild with our often, most ingenious ideas. I’ve woken many a mornings, in annoyance that I didn’t just grab a notebook and scribble that good stuff down. I now make a conscious effort to strike whilst the iron is hot: if you’re crammed full to the brim with creative energy – release it, because projects come to life so much more easily and wonderfully this way. Roll with it, miss an hours sleep and avoid the regret of forgetting your train of thought the next morning. A notebook comes with me where every I go; no matter how minute the handbag 😉
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I’d be so intrigued to hear how you guys lift yourself up when lack of inspiration hits, or you’re having a tough time writing and creating content you feel excited by. Be sure to message me over on Instagram and join in the conversation below!
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Photography by Ben Kapur