I’m having a bit of a blogging slump. The articles aren’t coming as easily as they usually do. So, I looked through some old newsletters and found this gem, which I decided to update and heed.
Everyone Has Creative Slumps
As you can see from my confession, you’re not alone. We all have creative slumps. Whether you have no interest in promoting your art (yes, it’s a creative task to promote your art) or are anxious about getting back into the studio, a slump is a slump.
Here are 10 things you can do to hasten your emergence from a slump.
1. Wallow. But wallow just a little bit. Wallow to honor your emotions and feel them fully. If it becomes depression, I can suggest nothing better than a couple of acupuncture treatments to get you back into alignment.
2. Plan something big with a deadline. Nothing gets the juices flowing like facing a deadline for a promotional piece, an exhibit, or an event.
3. Get out. Take a walk, go to the gym, sit at a coffee shop, go shopping, or head to yoga class. Just get out.
4. Talk. Make appointments for coffees, lunches, and gallery or museum visits. Talk to people! Being the studio is lonely. You need to exchange ideas, observe life, and feel to your bones that your time is now.
5. Create your escape path. Just keep making art. More and more art. Use a color you’ve never liked or copy an Old Master. Some of the work might really stink, but you’ll eventually find your way back.
6. Write. Write about your slump as I’m doing here. Write about what’s bugging you. Write your morning pages. Write a nasty letter to the juror who dismissed your work (then shred it!). Write about your dreams.
8. Listen. Listen to CDs or audio downloads that motivate you. There are tons of self-help podcasts available at no cost. If you haven’t already done so, start wtih the Art Marketing Action podcast archives. Listen to the birds, listen to your children, listen to messages of hope. But don’t listen to newscasts that make you angry or depressed.
9. Watch. Watch a movie or documentary. Just like a book, a film can remind you of your connection to a larger group of artists. Rent the PBS series art:21. Don’t watch junk on television, especially if it makes you sad, mad, or causes you to withdraw further.
10. Purge. Clutter and things related to unhappy memories emit bad energy. You don’t need them around. In fact, you need them outta there if you want to create space for your rich life. Get rid of things you don’t love. Make more room for the good things to enter your life.
My favorites are #3 (getting out of the office); #4 (talking with people who get me fired up about what I’m doing – this doesn’t have to be face-to-face, but that’s my preference); and #10 (cleaning my office always gives me a boost).
Which path do you usually fall back on?