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Old 10-12-2013, 02:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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how do you deal with creative slumps?

Aside from a few jokes a week on Facebook I haven't written anything in months, haven't drawn in nearly as long.

Creating art is one of the few things that brings me true joy and I definitely need it back in my life.

What do you do to get out of the slump?

Can't even force myself to do it because nothing comes out of the pen when I try.
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personally i deal with this a lot. with almost everything creative i do. i have no idea what to say as i am currently in the same spot. when you aren't feeling it you aren't feeling it.
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I have no advice at the moment... but this does make me want to say; Its interesting both of you feel this way, because for me, autumn is always the most creative and inspiring time of year. Curious.
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Work with others. Take up a random project, and do it for free.

I always get past that slump when I create for others
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When inspiration can't find me, I go find it. Living and doing provides much inspiration if you look close enough at your environment.
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would think that looking at the art of others would bring about inspiration. I listen to guitarists I like, and that makes me feel like practicing or learning something new.



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change of environment,

go on a walk, a cruise(if you have a ride), a bus ride into the city.

Take a notebook or sketch pad and some supplies and get out and just let the ideas flow onto the paper, if it's not any good fuck it, you did something. If it is decent, put it away for a week or so then refine it later.
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I've also been in a bit of a slump..I don't draw or paint but I do like to write, used to write short stories and poetry quite often but in the past couple years I just haven't really felt that creative spark quite as much. I have tried writing a song here and there but nothing I am really proud of.

Someone gave me the advice recently to just try writing at least 1 thing a day, even if it's just one line. Just write. Maybe I should finally start heeding that advice.

Passion breeds creativity, and my life has certainly been lacking that up until just recently. Maybe I'll jot something down tonight.
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try something new

doesnt have to be something big

just something new

try it

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My Wife does art therapy and is always on the look out for new activities so it feels fresh for everyone involved.

She is always doing the activities first to make sure they 'work' in a session.

When she is on the lookout for new things she does directed activities.

Prompts that is.

And that really seems to help her along through those dry patches.
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I would think that looking at the art of others would bring about inspiration. I listen to guitarists I like, and that makes me feel like practicing or learning something new.



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This is exactly what I was going to say... I love Juxtapoz magazine Juxtapoz Magazine - Home it definitely helps get my creative juices flowing.
You live in a pretty art friendly city. grab some paper and head down to Elmwood. I have been pretty inspired just sitting outside of the Blue Monk with a good beer or two. Stay away from the hi octagon stuff, if I get too buzzed I loose focus. In the village I'm sure you can also comically be inspired. (I know, you know, what I mean!) Or hit up the river/lake? It's a beautiful time of the year.
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I forget that I have a great artistic side altogether. I actually look at things I've done and am like "did I do that?" I have tried to draw a bit have had brilliant ideas in regards to other ideas with other mediums other things.

I don't know what's wrong.

I thing if I start it will be like a ball rolling and I'm just not ready because I'm in a new relationship and them ill be absorbed with myself and my things.

I think that might be a good idea.
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Quit viewin' life and creation as two separate entities
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I don't.

I work sometimes 15 hours a day.

That's my life.

In the gardens at least thank god
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I think what I mean to say is that I'm living in the day so much that I don't even have time to think about who I am or what I can do. Kinda a robot.. Being creative in a different sort of way. But still a hardworking exhausted robot.
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I hear you Turm and know what you mean. The comment was directed to everyone.

I think we creative people deal with the burden of feeling "free enough" to create. Part of that might be fending off demons, another may be just allowing yourself to roll with a creative thought when you get it.

Or at least commit to it. If you have an idea for a painting, remember it. Write it down and set aside time for it. If you have the luxury of sketching something or writing something as it pops in your head, go with it. Even if it's only two abstract lines. If you've been in a slump, I think it's more about encouraging the activity in the beginning than it ought to be about producing results.
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My Wife does art therapy and is always on the look out for new activities so it feels fresh for everyone involved.

She is always doing the activities first to make sure they 'work' in a session.

When she is on the lookout for new things she does directed activities.

Prompts that is.

And that really seems to help her along through those dry patches.
What a neat thing she gets to do! So awesome!
I'd be curious of what kind of activities those are.

I bet it's helpful for certain types, and not so much for others. Some of us fuzzy brainers can't manage the skills to be so proactive (at least on an individual basis). Classes are probably a good idea in that context.
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You are right.

It's the starts line that gets blurred.

You almost have to do what you at ad you are saying it or as you said if in a pint in time take classes which everyone has time at some point.
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You are right.

It's the starts line that gets blurred.

You almost have to do what you are thinking as you are saying it or as you said if in a point in time take classes which everyone has time at some point.
Some time
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