How to deal with Creative’s and Writer’s block 101

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Ever stared at a blank page on your screen, canvas, or book? A blank page that is supposed to be filled with awesomeness and greatness but instead, the only thing that seems to be coming through is jumbled-up nonsense that has you questioning your sanity?

Have you ever been in a position where you find yourself intentionally taking on unnecessary tasks just to avoid working on the important stuff? Yeah I know I’m hitting a nerve!!

Or just intentionally and straight-up ignore something because you feel like you’re not ready to deal?

Been there, done that! As a creative, I know at times creating consistently demands a lot from and ends up creating unnecessary pressure that can lead to a mental shutdown. I’m here to remind you that you’re not alone and I’m here to help.

I’m not an expert or anything but in life, I believe different experiences prove beneficial to others and I hope that my experience through this particular article will get to help in your journey so let’s dive right in!

I run a website called marykenyablog.com I’m guessing you might have realized that because heelllooo!! That’s how you found this article but bear with me, I’m on to something…

Managing it requires a lot from me and during the past 5 months or so, I largely focused on working on increasing my traffic and when I decided to concentrate on that, I largely lost touch on working on content. This was sort of a big mistake and a blessing all at the same time.

Yes, my traffic increased tremendously. I got a chance to watch it grow and that felt really good. And with all my focus on the logistical part of my website, I ended up completely losing focus on creating content for Marykenya.

Not giving myself time to create or write made me not want to do it at all and I didn’t want to admit it to myself. How could I be running away from something that made me, me!! How was I falling out of love with what gave me life?

So after the logistics part was coming to an end, I had to sit down and be honest with myself. Yes, I had content lined for both the blog and podcast but why couldn’t I bring myself to create?

I realized I had become comfortable and once someone gets comfortable, they want to extend their stay in the comfort zone. I wasn’t challenging myself and that was wrong because without challenges, growth can’t be experienced. Challenges force us to think more, move differently, and change perspective and creatively, I didn’t want to do that. Something had to be done and this is what I’ve been working on to improve my rate of creativity rate and also the quality as well.

The Marykenya tips:-

  • DECIDE!! To jump out of the comfort zone:– Once you decide what you want to do and how to do it, you get a better perspective of where you are and where you want to go.
  • Just START!!:- The most important step in anything one is set to do is to finally start. Start and figure your way through the mess. I know it can be scary because at times we are often clouded by our fears and doubt but it’s often upon us to face them by working through them.
  • Have a plan:- Write it down. Have a full proof plan on what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. This is where deadlines come in. One works better when tasks are attached to deadlines. Discipline, in this case, will come in handy because it will help you fulfill the tasks.
  • Schedule:- Once a plan is in place. And I say this because a balance between your work and your personal life is very important. As a creative we often find ourselves inspired by what we surround ourselves with or interact with. Make time for inspiration. 
  • Learn to fall in love with your process:- Create a formula to your madness that works for you. A lot of the time we’re obsessed with reaching the goal. (destination syndrome) Enjoy the process of learning.
  • Prepare yourself for failure:- In everything that one chooses to do; one has to accept the fact that failure is part of the process. Nobody starts or does anything without failing. Look at failure as a learning opportunity and a chance to get better. Don’t shy away from failure, in fact, embrace it, learn from it, and conquer it.

Penguin Random House: https://authornews.penguinrandomhouse.com/10-ways-to-beat-writers-block/

  • Break down the Big task into small manageable tasks (breaking down the Big Goliath into small manageable understandable Davids): – I have found it particularly helpful because it takes away the pressure to do everything at once. It also helps in helping you schedule tasks conveniently as discussed earlier.
  • Last but not least as a writer like me, I suggest you just start writing:- Write anything gibberish, a song the national anthem, anything… this will help you get over the crippling effect of not writing at all. Once you start writing it helps getting the juices going…so just start!!

Penguin Random House: https://authornews.penguinrandomhouse.com/10-ways-to-beat-writers-block/

So as I sign off I hope that the tips provided will get to help anyone who is struggling creative-wise. I hope the tips get to help but before everything else, please choose to believe in your art. Believe in yourself and you’ll see a lot of change in your art. And remember to have fun doing it because doing what you love should bring you joy. So let it!!

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