How to Escape your Creative Ruts (a thought for makers)

Do you find yourself stuck in a creative rut, unable to come up with fresh ideas or make progress on your projects? It’s a frustrating feeling that many makers and creatives experience at some point in their creative journey. The good news is, there are ways to break out of this cycle and reignite your creativity. By exploring new sources of inspiration, trying different techniques, and giving yourself permission to experiment and make mistakes, you can escape your creative ruts and get back to making the art that brings you joy. Let’s dive into some strategies for overcoming creative blocks and rediscovering your passion for creating.

How to Escape your Creative Ruts (a thought for makers)

How to Escape your Creative Ruts (a thought for makers)

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Feeling Stuck in a Creative Rut

How often have you just felt stuck in a rut with the things that you make? Whether you’re a photographer, filmmaker, writer, or painter, at some point in your journey, you may feel like you’re stalled and your work is starting to stagnate.

I’ve learned something about myself over the last couple of years that has helped me to identify why I get stuck in these creative ruts so often and what I can do to get myself out of them. I want to share some of that advice with you in the hope that it helps you if you feel similarly stuck.

Identifying the Issue

A couple of years ago, I was taking photographs that were starting to feel very repetitive. I had found a visual trick that I really liked, and others seemed to enjoy it as well. However, I realized that I was covering the same visual ground over and over again, making my work boring and feeling the same.

I was hungry for new subjects and new challenges but had no idea where to start or how to move beyond my current style. I found myself stuck in a rut that I had created for myself.

Finding Inspiration

One day, while out taking photographs in London, I noticed a couple walking towards me. The man was wearing a strong blue business suit, and I saw how nicely the blue would contrast with the red railing next to me.

Feeling frustrated with my current work, I gave myself permission to take a quick, instinctive shot without worrying about the settings being perfect. The resulting image was messy, experimental, and playful, but it sparked something in me.

Overcoming Perfectionism

I realized that my tendency towards perfectionism was holding me back. As creatives, we often fall into the trap of controlling our work too tightly, fearing the unknown or the unpredictable results.

We need to give ourselves permission to experiment, play, and take risks in our artistic pursuits. By stepping outside our comfort zones and embracing new challenges, we can overcome creative ruts and continue to grow as artists.

Learning from Masters

Studying the work of masters like Joel Meyerowitz, who refused to become one-trick ponies and constantly pushed themselves to explore new avenues, can inspire us to do the same.

We must prioritize our own artistic development over meeting others’ expectations. Experimenting and playing with different styles and techniques is essential for growth, even if it means facing criticism or judgment from others.

Remember, true creativity thrives on experimentation and evolution. Don’t be afraid to break free from your creative ruts and discover new possibilities in your work.

How to Escape your Creative Ruts (a thought for makers)

Q: What is a creative rut?

A: A creative rut is when you feel stuck or uninspired in your creative work, unable to come up with new ideas or produce work that you are truly satisfied with.

Q: How can I break out of a creative rut?

A: One way to break out of a creative rut is to change up your routine or environment. Try taking a break, going for a walk, or working in a different location to spark new ideas.

Q: What if I still can’t find inspiration?

A: If you are still struggling to find inspiration, try collaborating with other creatives, seeking feedback from peers, or exploring new mediums to reignite your passion for creating.

Q: How important is it to take care of myself while in a creative rut?

A: It is crucial to prioritize self-care while in a creative rut. Make sure to eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, and practice mindfulness to ensure that you are in the best mindset to overcome your creative block.

I hope you find useful my article How to Escape your Creative Ruts (a thought for makers), I also recommend you to read my other posts in my blog at this link.

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