For the past couple of months, I have been reading books and watching videos on creativity. Not just how to become more creative, but also what creativity could be.
I’ve been trying to go easy on myself recently if I’m not feeling creative enough to post (which you may have noticed since it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done so). If I feel like I don’t have any ideas that I’m excited about and inspire me, then I don’t try to force it. For me, trying to force an idea just to get something out there sort of defeats the purpose of blogging. If I try to write something, or make anything for that matter, just for the sake of it, I find that there isn’t any passion behind what I’m doing and it causes me to lose interest. But, when inspiration and creativity strike, I find that not only is it easier for me to make things, but I’m happier doing so.
So, what is creativity?
While creativity isn’t a tangible thing, I like to think of it as a force that comes and goes. It can stop by uninvited while I’m doing the dishes, driving, or taking a shower. Other times, it can have pretty good timing and arrive when I’m already trying to work on something. When creativity makes itself known, even only just for a second, I always make sure that I can write down the ideas somewhere. If not, there’s a chance that I’ll lose those thoughts and even if I try to remember, it won’t come out like originally planned. The ideas will fly right past me and may never return.
Thinking of creativity as its own being, if you will, has definitely made me feel a lot better about not having exciting ideas for content every week. While I don’t sit on the sofa and wait for a thought to come to me without looking for inspiration elsewhere, I don’t feel as bad if I don’t find anything or think of anything that piques my interest.
There could be multiple days in a row where creativity sticks around and hangs out. There are also times when it takes a little break and I don’t see it for a couple of weeks. When that does happen, I try not to worry. I know it’ll be back. It just isn’t the right time for it to appear. And when it does, I’ll take the ideas and run with them.