Welcome to Claire Cre8tes! My shiny new channel that’s all about #AmWritiing, productivity, creativity, and Geek culture! I can seriously talk about writing all day long! But ain’t nobody got time for that! So let’s stick to today’s topic! If people actually knew who I was, they would ask me: where do you get your ideas?
Well I actually have the opposite problem where I have way too many ideas! It creates a very real struggle of being able to focus on one project and complete it before I finish a project.
So do I have any ideas on how to beat creative block? Oh boy, do I! My most favorite tip is coming up, so stay tuned for that! And don’t forget to share this post on Twitter, you never know who in the #AmWriting community can use a bit of creative motivation today!
I’m going to cut to the chase here: there is nothing divine or mysterious about inspiration! No greek goddess has descended from another era or dimension to give you your epic ideas! As awesome as they feel when you do get a brilliant idea, it is both satisfying and at the same time completely terrifying that they came from you. Yes, you!
That same person who thought it was a good idea to put that embarrassing thing in your mouth when you were three years old!
It’s a terrifying notion that great ideas can come from you, because you might either be wondering if you’re good enough to execute these ideas or if because they did come from you, are they actually good ideas?
My greatest advice is to just give it a try! Who knows if it’s a great idea or not. Certainly you won’t know until you try, show it to a few people, and ask them!
It’s also equally important to be you! You’ve heard that motivational quote: just do you. I know you have! If you have even been on the Internet, like ever, I know you’ve heard it! But that cliche quote applies to writing, too.
If you simply try to write ideas based on sellability* it won’t be as easy to write as your passion projects, that’s almost an absolute guarantee! So it’s important to find a genre, a story or a character you can’t get enough of writing about. Your passion will be able to be read off the page. But be careful, because likewise, you’re boredom can also be sensed by the readers as well! Think of readers like Jedi Masters, they can sense when the author has stopped caring!
And if all else fails, as positively cliche as it is, my #1 tip aside from just to be you, is remember that book you read that made you want to be an author in the first place! I.E: remember why you started! For me, it was the first Harry Potter book in 1997; it would have been in the 6th grade. And it made me want to write a book that inspired people, too. And sure it took me 20 years later, but I have!
Basically when I am feeling the most stuck, I pause what I’m working on and start something new. I get inspiration from hearing other authors talk about writing. I turn to Twitter for the #AmWriting community. I remember why I started.
And funny thing, when all else fails and I try to give up being an author and go to being normal: I find I hate being normal and go back to writing. So sometimes taking a break is also all that is needed.
What about you? What writing tips do you have to get rid of creative block? Share in the comments!
Thanks so much for joining me today, and I look forward meeting you in the next one!
Welcome! I’ve ALWAYS been obsessed with time. From time travel to time management, I love figuring out how to make the most of our time here on Planet Earth! And I love helping people feel balanced, creative & sane!
That’s why I’m super excited to be a freelance productivity coach & social media assistant for busy professionals, and an accountability mentor for busy creatives! Because everyone deserves to live out their passion, without cutting corners on daily to-do’s!
I’ve also been obsessed with writing (and coffee!!) since high school! My current novel, the Quest of the Prodigy is available now and perfect for all time travel fans!
So if you love productivity, all things planners, anything Geeky and Creative — this blog is for you!
Don’t forget to leave a comment to let me know YOUR blog, so I can follow your journey as well!
Thanks so much and happy creating!