Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What to Do When You're Feeling Uninspired

The number of times I posted here in November was an all-time low for me. I was fairly busy but not any more than normal.

I think it may be because I didn't allow myself time and space to be inspired and be creative.

We are in the process of making some repairs and updates to our condo, which sort of got in my head. Working from home when it's cluttered and crazy makes it hard to focus. Sure, I could scoot out to a coffee shop here and there, but I knew what I would face back at home.

I have to get over it though. I have to stop making excuses.

Lack of inspiration isn't an excuse either. Sometimes, writing is simply a "butt in chair" kind of thing. Sit down and write some words until something comes out, until something makes sense, until inspiration finds you.

And sometimes, there are ways to find inspiration and create new ideas before getting down to business (er, writing). There are techniques to help spark your imagination.

I recently recycled 2010 & 2011 issues of my magazine subscriptions (Glamour, SELF, and InStyle, for those who want to know). They are one of many sources of inspiration for me. And yes, I'm kind of a magazine hoarder...

Because of all this, I realized I needed to take the first step and recommit.

I want to recommit myself to writing here more often. My goal is three times a week, and while I may not always hit that goal, it's herewritten out for all you lovely readers to see.

And don't worry, I'm dedicated to writing quality content. I still believe in quality over quantity, but I also believe in consistency!

I'm making this commitment both for youbecause I love sharing my ideas and life, in hopes of making yours a little better and brighterand for mebecause I need to remember that sometimes the very act of writing will lead to inspiration, rather than the other way around.

Staying inspired isn't easy, so that's why we're covering the topic of creativity in our Create.Compose.Communicate newsletters during the month of December.

Are you ready to recommit?

I hope you'll join me and Sarah for our exploration of creativity, inspiration, and finding the courage to write even when you don't feel like it. We'll cover lots of ways to overcome that uninspired feeling. But the first thing to do is commit to writing, no matter what.

If you haven't yet, go ahead and sign up here. The first newsletter of this month goes out tomorrow, December 6.

Check out what Sarah has to say about creativity over at her blog, Inspiration-Driven Life.


  1. If there's a little bit of perfectionist in you it's hard to complete blog posts consistently because the standard is so high ;) I know how that feels at times. I hope you find LOTS of inspiration soon! Xo

  2. Yep, you hit the nail on the head... I'm totally a perfectionist. I try to remember this quote that I came across recently: "If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word." — Margaret Atwood


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