i need a creative kick in the pants.

any ideas? what do you do when you feel creatively empty, lost, and uninspired? do you fake it ’til you make it? wait for the feeling to pass? dabble in new things? call a creative friend?

this is such a sad state of being for a creative person. send help fast!


  1. René · July 7, 2010

    I’ve been trying things that are new to me and that I don’t feel I have to excel at, since they aren’t that one thing I’m so invested in. For me right now this is a little bit of poetry and photography. I don’t know what I’m doing and it feels good.

    Window shopping at fabric stores and listening to great music help too.

  2. Michele · July 7, 2010

    I read a book from an author I love and I end up getting inspired. Right now I’m reading Paul Auster’s The Invention of Solitude. I loved his book, The Book of Illusions. As a writer, reading long form writing in a place where I can really get into the book (in bed, or on the train during my commute) gets my creative juices flowing. Sure, it doesn’t always work, but when it does, it really does.

    You’ll find it again, Sheri. I just know it!

  3. emily Perry · July 7, 2010

    oh man! just remember it is like a circle- on the other end of things is seems like nothing is going on, but in fact you are just marinating and cooking ideas you aren’t even aware of. my top tips: 1. read some junk 2. try a new creative path – something totally new 3. clean 4. go thru old journals if is not too embarrassing for you 5. sleep 6. peruse youtube for ideas- there are videos for everything 7. get a sitter 8. get a massage 9. call someone 10. get some sun

    does that help? ;) i think i am going to try cleaning this week– it is hard for me to think when there is so much junk everywhere!

    p.s. i didn’t put “send the kids to grandma’s” in there cause i want to appear to be a really, really, nice mom, but if i could do that more easily i would do that too!

    see- you call for help- we listen! xo

  4. lisa s · July 7, 2010

    good recommendations here… your own list is good too. i shouldn’t be giving advice in this dept as i’m feeling in a funk too.

    i think maybe going to go see something REALLY inspiring would help. it always does for me… but you have to be sure it’s not going to be a dud b/c that only makes it worse. :)

    i think giving yourself a break too. it’s ok not to be creative ALL of the time…

  5. charlane · July 8, 2010

    i’ve been going through the same thing and have been trying the ‘fake it’ route. to try and overcome i’m trying a photography class. hope it works.

    my advice is to try something totally different.

  6. emily · July 8, 2010

    i try to remind myself that the “dry” times are just as important as the “fertile” times. that the field has to lie fallow in order for the next crop to grow. that, and i eat chocolate. and paint with my left hand. xo.

  7. mollie · July 8, 2010

    i take a good break from making anything and usually come back with some new ideas and a drive to get back at it! hugs to you…

  8. Seamus O'Conner · July 9, 2010

    I don’t have an answer for you. Julia Cameron just talks about doing the work whatever that may be. This year I have started taking photographs. I have never concidered myself a photographer, but I have committed to taking photographs every day no matter how creative I feel. Sometimes it’s rough. Yesterday I managed a photograph of some old worker friends. I took it with my I phone. The quality of the picture is not great, but the expressions on their faces are very interesting. Relax. It will return. Ciao.

  9. donna · July 12, 2010

    i pray. ask God to show me what it is he/she wants me to create. to help me do my best in the task.

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  11. kristin · July 15, 2010

    take a solo walk.

    do something wild and fun… totally out of your comfort zone. take a class, salsa dancing, glass blowing, circus school, to shake things up. maybe take a best friend along for the ride.


  12. Denise | Chez Danisse · July 18, 2010

    I usually view some work I admire (written, visual, both). And think “This too shall pass”.

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