What to Do When You Lost Your Creativity Spark

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As an artist, especially one that’s a leader in the creative industry, losing that creative spark is essentially a death sentence to your career. Your whole job, your success, and even your livelihood are going to be at risk. It can be hard losing that creative spark, and pushing yourself may make things work. While things like “me time” can be of help, at the end of the day, what matters most is finding a way to ignite that fire, But it all needs to come naturally. Just like a real fire, putting too much focus and emphasis can make it even more challenging to build. So, with that said, here’s what you need to do to ignite that creative flame inside of you. 

Try to Focus on Just One Thing

If you can, just try to entirely avoid any pressure. When you’re in the flow, ideas are bubbling up all the time – even when you’re not intentionally trying to come up with something. But that’s why it’s so important to make sure you have dedicated time each week for creativity and protect that time from other tasks or distractions. If you can’t make it a full hour, then try 15 minutes at the coffee shop or 30 on your lunch break. 

But make sure you’re committing to that time each week and not letting yourself slip out of the habit. Also, don’t let self-criticism stop you – the best creatives have a lot of mediocre work before they create their masterpieces. Just remember one thing at a time.

Consider Taking a Break

Losing your creative spark is essentially like burnout. You just lose that will, that want, and your brain just doesn’t seem to conjure up anything whatsoever. But with that said, there is one thing that is known to help out tremendously a break. Everyone needs a break every once in a while, even if they’re head over heels for the work they do.  Creativity requires a lot of energy and focus, which is why it needs to be prioritised. If you find that you are losing your creativity, it is likely because you are letting other things take priority. 

Whether it is checking social media, working on other projects, or just being around people, you need to create space for creative work in your life. So, if you are crowding your mind around other thoughts, it’s best to just take a break. Take a break from all of it, or at least creative work, and temporarily prioritise whatever it is that needs more attention.

Consider Personal Development

No matter who you are, what you do for work, or even what position you’re in, there is always going to be a benefit to diving into personal development. Maybe there’s something within you that’s blocking this that’s causing some major issues. So, something like leadership development for your work could massively help. Maybe it’s how you approach things, how you approach yourself, and so on. But ideally, just try to consider personal development and even some self-discovery. 

Consider Listening to Music or Surrounding Yourself with Other Creative Outlets

Music, museums, paintings, and even landscaping can all be forms of creativity. It’s all about how an individual chooses to be their outlet. For most people, seeing the works of others, no matter in what form, can help spark creativity in you. Think about music for a moment. Music is a known mood booster that helps to elevate the positive emotions that help with creativity. 

Moreover, music is also known to improve focus and concentration. This is because the process of creating or listening to music stimulates multiple parts of the brain. It’s up to you what music you’re into, but even music is able to create this spark.  There are even studies showing how true this is!

Talk to Someone About This

Sometimes, talking to someone can be the best thing you can do; it’s honestly a great way to get advice. Having people around you who understand the creative process can be very healing. Talking to fellow creators can help you toss ideas around and make you feel like you aren’t alone in your struggle. 

It’s important to remember that your creativity is a gift, and it does not always have to be perfect. Sometimes we lose our creative spark because we hold ourselves up to unrealistic expectations. So get the perspective of others, get the advice from others.  Just remember, losing this spark is common, and some of the biggest creatives in the world have felt this too. You’re not weak, and you can get over this.


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Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.

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