Oh to never run out of inspiration to create whenever and wherever. But let’s face it, we all run out of creative fuel every once in a while. The reason behind this can be simple exhaustion of the said fuel because we need it in our specific areas of work. Sometimes our work demands too much of us that we are left with merely drops to work on. So how do you go back to creating?
Another reason can be the fact that life becomes too much in terms of its everyday demands and responsibilities that we find it hard to concentrate or even lack the time to actually create something personal for our own selves. Shoutout to those who are “adulting”, we feel you and we are one with you in your sentiments!
The worst reason is that sometimes inspiration just vanishes into thin air without explanation. A funny term to describe this is “ghosting.” Sometimes inspiration just “ghosts: us out of nowhere and it leaves us helpless, frustrated, and sad.
So how do we actually go back to creating?
What are the prompts out there that can help stir up, awaken, or replenish your creative fuel? There are many out there and we are excited to share them with you but first, what are prompts?
What is a prompt?
A prompt, according to the dictionary is something that can help incite the cause of another thing, in this conversation we are referring to this “another thing” as a creative output. So what is this “something?”
Different people react to different prompts. This is in consideration of their personalities, upbringing, way of life, status in life, age, experience, and so many other factors.
The following prompts below are the things that work for us.
If you were part of a sitcom like F.R.I.E.N.D.S or How I Met Your Mother, how will you live your life?
I personally love this prompt because I love the idea of people laughing in the background. That sounds cruel but let me explain. People laughing in the background means to me that you shouldn’t take life too seriously.
Sure you mess up, and you’re a little slow to the details, or you’re super eccentric that your friends don’t get you all the time, but it’s okay. If I can laugh at my shortcomings, or my failures knowing that life is so much more than that, then I won’t have to deal with so much anxiety of trying to succeed. Sometimes anxiety can rob us of creativity.
The pressure to be perfect or to adhere to the world’s definition of success is exhausting. It robs us of the joy of being us in our own creative way.
What is the root cause of this feeling of inadequacy that I have that hinders my creativeness?
Investigating feelings is a good workout. Upon careful consideration, you might discover that the root cause is much more complex than you initially thought. However, it can also be simple as a snap of the finger. There is nothing wrong with digging deep in the hopes of addressing the main issues. Sometimes inadequacy can stem from competing with others.
Healthy competition is great, but it shouldn’t hinder you from your own creative process.
The point of it is to challenge you, not to make you feel inadequate.
When was the last time you laughed genuinely?
This is a powerful question and we are going to leave it at that. Ask yourself this, close your eyes, remember the feeling, hear the sounds and savor the moment.
When was the last time you cried?
Feelings of sadness are as important as feelings of happiness. A lot of writers and poets have created numerous masterpieces during times of despair and tears. It is when we embrace these feelings that we learn to express them.
Letting yourself cry, or remembering the pain, sometimes free us of the creative block that we are in. Tears allow the pain to flow freely into our pens and brushes. The best thing about this? It makes us relatable, which makes our outputs, genuine and raw. Surely, one step that will make you go back to creating.
Where do I see myself in the next 5 years?
I heard you scoff as you read this. You might simply shrug this question off as a question that HR personnel use but there is much wisdom in this question. This question teaches you to dream. Dream of things that could be and will be.
Dreams are powerful because it has no boundaries and it frees us of any limitations, thus unleashing creative power within us.
Going back to creating is not an easy task. We hope that in some way we have been able to help, trust the process and don’t give up, we’ll be rooting for you!