#writerswednesday: Inspirationen, Musen und Impulse

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#writerswednesday: inspirationen, musen und impulse

Hey, meine Lieben,

eine der Fragen, die mir oft gestellt werden, ist folgende:
“Was inspiriert dich?”
oder auch
“Wo findest du Inspiration, wenn du dich absolut nicht kreativ fühlst?”

Dem Klischee folgend, müsste ich nun sagen: Ich finde in allem Inspiration, die Welt ist voller Wunder, wenn du nur die Augen öffnest.

Und auch wenn da eine tiefe Wahrheit drin liegt, bin ich nicht klischeehaft genug, um es einfach so, ohne weitere Informationen dabei zu belassen.
Außerdem denke ich, dass es an der Zeit ist, denjenigen Wertschätzung entgegenzubringen, die die Inspiration entzünden, die mich zum Schreiben bringt.

Also ja, dieses Leben, diese Welt bietet allerhand, aus dem man Inspiration ziehen kann, angefangen von einem frischen Wind am Morgen, der Gerüche mit sich trägt, die das Gedächtnis bewegen und dafür sorgen, dass man an einen bestimmten Menschen oder Moment aus seiner Kindheit denkt, worüber man dann reflektiert. Die Katze, die elegant aufs Sofa springt und die man beobachtet und von der man lernt. Es kann das Wetter sein, eine Blume, die Nachrichten, etwas, was man sieht, hört, berührt oder mit einem oder vielen seiner Sinne wahrnimmt.
Die Liste würde tatsächlich seeeeehr seeehr lang werden und das menschliche Gehirn ist komplex genug, um dafür zu sorgen, dass man oftmals gar nicht mehr so genau weiß, woher denn nun dieser inspirierende Impuls kam, wisst ihr.
Aber manchmal kann man auch sehr genau bestimmen, woher die Inspiration kam.
Und ich würde sagen, es gibt bestimmte Aspekte, die in mehr oder minder regelmäßigen Abständen die kreativen Ecken des Gehirns durchströmen.
Unter anderem:
* Menschen
* aufgeschnappte Gespräche und Gesprächsfetzen
* Emotionen
* Umgebungen
* gesellschaftliche Beobachtungen

Gehen wir der Reihe nach vor: Menschen

Es gibt Menschen, die mit ihrer Weltanschauung, Einstellung, ihrer physischen Präsenz und ihrer Aura einfach dafür sorgen, dass man abrupt alles stehen und liegen lässt, was man gerade tut und die einen in eine Sphäre voller Ideen und Kreativität ziehen. Man will einfach nur zuhören, beobachten, ja man will sie einatmen, ein Stück davon sich einverleiben, diese Energie verschlingen.
Es gibt diese Ansicht, Kreative seien wie Vampire, die die kreative Energie aus ihrer Umgebung und den Menschen saugen.
Oder diese Pullis mit dem Aufdruck “Vorsicht, du könntest in meinem Roman landen” (Ich gestehe: Ich wollte immer einen davon haben, haha)
Und es ist tatsächlich nicht zu weit hergeholt, dass wir oft aus dem Zusammentreffen und dem Austausch mit anderen Inspiration ziehen.
Was mir an dieser Vampir-Idee missfällt, ist der Eindruck, dass wir die anderen etwas berauben würden, ihnen etwas wegnehmen würden. Also ja, tun wir, irgendwie, aber ich persönlich versuche zu vermeiden, einen leeren Tisch zu hinterlassen. Deswegen bemühe ich mich immer sicherzustellen, dass ich genügend selbst mitbringe, damit es ein fruchtvoller und beidseitig inspirierender Austausch für beide Parteien wird.
Ich möchte diesen Moment hier gern nutzen, um meine Dankbarkeit gegenüber den Menschen auszudrücken, die ich treffen durfte und die meine Gedanken und mein Gemüt bewegt haben, mich zum Nachdenken brachten und dafür sorgten, dass ich in kreativer Ekstase explodierte.
Ich bin dankbar und ich will, dass ihr wisst, dass ihr etwas besonderes seid.

Kleiner Exkurs:
Oftmals gibt es zwei Typen von Menschen: Diejenigen, die denken, dass das, was sie mit an den Tisch bringen niemals für eine Inspiration reichen würde. Und jene, die denken, sie seien so inspirierend, dass man bereits ein komplettes Buch für sie verfasst haben müsse.
Lasst mich euch was sagen: An diejenigen, die denken, es reiche nicht: Wenn ein Künstler euch ein Gedicht, einen Text, ein Bild sendet, das ihr inspiriert habt oder was durch eine Interaktion mit euch erst den nötigen Zündstoff bekommen hat, wertet es nicht als Kompliment. Wertet es als Ausdruck der Wahrheit, dass ihr besonders seid, dass ihr inspiriert und dass ihr vermutlich mehr Kraft in euch tragt als euch gerade bewusst ist.
An jene, die denken, sie verströmten so viele großartige Impulse: Wenn ihr die Werke eines Künstlers, den ihr getroffen habt, anschaut, hört doch bitte auf euch ständig in jedes winzige Detail selbst hineinzulesen und für euch zu beanspruchen, ja? Das führt nur zu Frustration, wenn sich herausstellt, dass nicht ihr sondern jemand anders es war, der den Künstler zu diesem Werk inspirierte. Und wenn ihr jemals einen Künstler inspiriert, dann seid euch bitte bewusst, dass das etwas besonderes ist.
Tut mir leid, wenn ich das hier mal kurz anführen musste, aber manchmal macht mich diese Arroganz wahnsinnig. Außerdem tut sich dadurch auch eine weitere Frage auf:
Würdet ihr auch ein Werk für euch beanspruchen, wenn es hässlich, roh, rau, gemein und schmerzhaft ist?
Jeder will die Blumen und die bezaubernden Blüten der Schönheit, aber wisst ihr was? Selbst wenn ihr ein kritisches, gemeines Gedicht voller Schmerz lest, das ihr inspiriert habt, dann ist es immer noch etwas besonderes, vielleicht eine Ehre, weil ihr die Gefühle des Künstlers so sehr berühren konntet, dass er darüber geschrieben hat.
(Ich weiß, klingt seltsam, aber nehmt euch mal einen Moment Zeit, um darüber zu reflektieren)

Zurück zur Dankbarkeit: Gibt es bestimmte Menschen, zu denen man immer gehen und sicher sein kann, dass man mit neuen Ideen nach Hause geht?
Ja und Nein.
Es gibt Leute, die die Tendenz haben, einen wieder und wieder zu inspirieren. Das sind die Menschen, die ich Muse nennen würde. Und ich bin mehr als dankbar, dass ich die Chance hatte, solche Menschen zu treffen.
Nicht viele, einen bestimmten, aber es ist ein sehr wertvoller Schatz, den ich besonders schätze.
Aber ich käme nicht auf die Idee, diese Person für den reinen Zweck der Inspiration auszunutzen.
Entweder kommt es natürlich oder eben nicht.
Zumindest ist das meine Einstellung dazu. Und es hat auch mit der Verbindung zur Muse zu tun, dass man sie schätzt und respektiert, indem man sie nicht ausquetscht wie eine Zitrone.

Bedeutet das nun, dass wenn enge Freunde von mir mich nicht zu einem Gedicht oder Text inspirieren, ich sie weniger liebe?
Ganz klar: Ja, natürlich! Wozu sind sie gut, wenn sie keine Eingebungen liefern?!
Ich mache selbstverständlich nur Spaß. Natürlich sagt die Anzahl an Gedichten, die ich für, über oder an euch schreibe etwas über unsere Verbindung aus, aber es sagt nicht unbedingt etwas über die Intensität der Liebe, die ich für euch oder andere empfinde, aus.
Es gibt Millionen Gründe und Milliarden Arten jemanden zu lieben, und ja, es ist eine spezielle Verbindung, die man mit seiner Muse hat, aber nichts davon “stiehlt” die Liebe aus meinem Herzen für Leute, für die ich noch nie etwas geschrieben habe.
So wie man sagt “Die Schönheit einer anderen Frau, nimmt dir nicht deine weg” oder wie auch immer dieser Spruch im Original exakt heißt, so ist es auch mit der Inspiration.
Es gibt also keinen Grund, sich in einem Wettbewerb zu ereifern oder sich mit anderen Leute, die Werke inspiriert haben, zu vergleichen.
Da werden Prozesse in Gang gesetzt, die der Künstler selbst manchmal gar nicht im Detail beschreiben kann. Es ist. Einfach so. Es ist.
Nichtsdestotrotz sollte man es nicht als selbstverständlich hinnehmen, wenn einem ein Werk gewidmet wird, auf der anderen Seite sollte man es ebenfalls nicht persönlich nehmen, wenn es nur eins oder kein Werk gibt, das man selbst inspiriert hat.
Das bedeutet nicht, dass ihr keine Bedeutung habt und vor allem bedeutet es nicht, dass ihr nicht geliebt seid.

Es gibt diese Aussage, man kann von jedem lernen, zur Not wie man nicht sein oder es nicht machen will.
Dementsprechend kann Inspiration sowohl aus den “positiven” als auch den “negativen” Erlebnissen und Begegnungen gezogen werden.
Aber oftmals bevorzugen wir natürlich das gute und positive Gefühl des Wortes Inspiration, als dass wir die Möglichkeit in Erwägung ziehen wollen, dass Momente und Menschen, die uns nicht ein Gefühl von einem Leben voller honigsüßer Milch vermitteln, ebenfalls zu Kreativität führen können.
Aber lasst mich euch was verraten: De Profundis von Oscar Wilde wäre niemals geschrieben worden, wäre er nicht von jemandem, den er geliebt und als Partner betrachtet hat, verraten und verkauft worden.
Heißt das nun, dass wir Leiden und Schmerz suchen sollten, um ein großartiger Künstler wie Oscar zu werden?
Naja, wir könnten darüber diskutieren und ich hab dazu echt viele Gedanken, aber ich denke dazu eignet sich ein separater Post oder ein anderes Format besser.
Wollt ihr darüber reden? Also meine Antwort ist ja.

Damit dieser Post nun aber nicht zu lang wird, empfehle ich euch, mich auf meinem Balkon zu besuchen, damit wir da dieses Gespräch fortführen können.
Ich sag Bescheid, wenn der Gedankenwust dort seinen Ausdruck findet.

Wie seht ihr das? Was ist eure Meinung?
Was inspiriert euch? Was inspiriert euch an Menschen?
Könnt ihr es wirklich auf den Punkt bringen und an bestimmten Charakterzügen, Ausdrücken und Bewegungen festmachen, was euch inspiriert?
Teilt eure Gedanken mit mir in den Kommentaren.

Auf bald, meine Lieben

xx

#writerswednesday: Inspiration, Muses and Impulses

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#writerswednesday: inspiration, muses and impulses

Hey my dears,

one of the frequently asked questions I get asked is:
“What inspires you?”
or
“Where do you find inspiration in a phase when you’re absolutely not creative?”

Cliché would say: I find inspiration in everything, the world is full of wonders, you just have to open your eyes.

And although there is truth to it, I’m not cliché enough to let it stand like that without any additional information.
Besides that I think it’s time to give credit to those that spark inspiration and help me write.

So, yes, this life, this world offers so much that you can draw inspiration from, starting with a fresh wind in the morning transporting smells to you that set your memory in motion and make you think about an event, a person or a moment of your childhood for instance that you then reflect upon. Your cat jumping elegantly onto the sofa and moving in a dainty way and you observing her to learn. It can be the weather, a flower, the news, something you see, hear, touch, perceive with one or many of your senses.
Yes, the list would get really really long and the human mind is complex enough that probably you yourself won’t be able to trace back each and every spark of inspiration that just lit the lamp in your head, you know.
But sometimes you can determine exactly where the inspiration came from.
And I’d say there are several elements that quite frequently touch upon the creative corners of the mind:
* people
* overheard conversations
* emotions
* surroundings
* social observations

We’ll take it step by step: People

There are people that with their worldview, their attitude, their physical appearance and presence just make you stop whatever you’re doing and draw you into a sphere full of ideas and creativity. You just want to listen, to observe, yes, you want to inhale them, take a bite, devour this energy.
There is this notion that creatives are like vampires that suck out the creative energy from people and their surroundings.
Or these sweaters that state “Careful. You may end up in my novel.” (I always wanted to have one of these tbh, haha)
And it’s not too far off to say that oftentimes we draw inspiration from the encounters we have with other people.
What I don’t like is the idea of vampire in the sense that we take away from another person. We do, kind of, but I personally try to avoid leaving the table empty, so I make sure I bring something myself, that way, an exchange and a fruitful mutually inspiring place is created for both parties.
I’d like to take this moment to express my gratitude towards the people I was allowed to encounter that moved my mind and made me think, feel and explode into creative ecstasy.
I’m grateful and I want you to know that you are special.

Little excursion:
Oftentimes there would be two kinds of people: Those that think that what they bring to the table would never inspire anyone. And those that think they are so inspiring that you should have written a whole book for them already.
Let me tell you something: To those that think they don’t bring enough, when an artist sends you a poem, a text, a picture, they created because of the fire you or the interaction with you ignited, don’t take it as a compliment. Take it as the truth that you are special, inspiring and that you harbour more power within yourself than you probably know.
To those that think they’re giving so many great impulses: When you watch the works of an artist that you encountered, stop trying to read yourself into it and claim it yours, it will only end up in frustration once they tell you that it wasn’t you but someone else who lit that idea. And if you ever inspire an artist, know that this is something special.
I’m sorry to say that, but sometimes this cockiness drives me mad and raises another question: Would you also claim the inspiration for an artwork if it was ugly, rough, hurtful, nasty?
Everybody wants the flowers and the blooming blossoms of beauty, but you know what? Even if you encounter a critical, nasty poem full of pain, that was based on you, it’s an honour, cause you moved their emotions enough to make them write about it.
(I know it sounds weird, but let that just sink in for a moment.)

Back to gratitude: Are there specific people that you can always go to and be sure that you’re gonna go home with new ideas?
Yes and no.
There are people who have the tendency to inspire you again and again. These are the ones I’d call a muse. And I’m more than grateful to have been allowed to meet people like these.
Not many, one specifically, but it’s a precious treasure that I value a lot.
But it wouldn’t make me try to exploit that person for the sheer sake of inspiration.
Either it comes naturally or it doesn’t.
At least that’s my attitude towards it. And it is also connected to valuing and honouring your muse by not squeezing them like a lemon and leaving them empty.

Now, does that mean if some of my close friends don’t inspire me, that I love them less?
Obviously, yes! What are they good for if they don’t lit a lyrical lamp?!
Just kidding, of course the amount of poems I write for, to or about you does say something about our connection, but it doesn’t necessarily say anything about the intensity of love I feel for you or about the love I feel for others.
There are a million reasons and a billion ways to love someone, and yes, it is a special connection you have with your muse, but none of it takes away the love my heart harbours for someone I’ve never written a piece for.
Just like the saying “The beauty of another woman doesn’t take away your own.” or however it goes, it’s the same with inspiration.
So there is no need to compete or to compare yourself and the amount of works someone produced for or about you to the works someone else inspired.
It’s a process set in motion that sometimes the artist themselves can’t describe in every detail. It just is.
Nevertheless, don’t take it for granted, but also, don’t feel bad if there’s is none or just one piece of art you inspired.
This doesn’t mean you have no meaning, and it surely doesn’t mean you’re not loved.

There is this saying that you can learn from anyone, even if it’s only what you don’t want or how you don’t want to be or want to behave.
So, inspiration can be drawn from “positive” encounters, as well as from “negative” encounters.
But often we’d prefer the feel good vibe of the word inspiration than reflecting upon the possibility that even moments and people that don’t makes us feel like cakes and cherry pie can lead to a spark of inspiration. We like this idea of being a positive impulse for our surroundings, and true, it’s nice. But let me tell you something: De Profundis by Oscar Wilde would have never been written, had he not been betrayed and sold by someone he loved and thought of as a partner.
Does this now mean we need to search for struggle and suffering in order to be great artists like Oscar?
Well, we could discuss that and I have many thoughts on this topic, too, but this would rather be dealt with in a separate post or in an additional format.
Would you like to talk about it? Well, my answer is yes.

Now, before this post gets too long, I recommend you join me on my balcony to continue this chat.
I’ll announce when the random rambling and prolific ponder is on.

How about you?
What inspires you? What inspires you in people?
Can you pinpoint it down and put a finger on specific traits, expressions, movements that ignite inspiration in you?

Please let me know in the comment section below.

So long, my dears.

xx

#writerswednesday: Pro vs. Passion

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#writerswednesday:Pro vs. Passion

Hey my dears,

it’s #writerswednesday again. Yes, I know I’m too late, but sorry, “real life” as the grown-ups call it, kept me busy.
But don’t worry, I’m planning on something as a compensation to make up for the delay.

So, what’s today’s topic?
We’re going to have a little chit chat about writing as a profession and writing as a passion.
Which, by the way, does not necessarily exclude one another.
But step by step.

So, let’s say you’re a writer. A passionate one. Maybe you’re a good one. Maybe even a great one.
Let us be honest, tendencies are quite high that you’re not writing for a living.
(If you are, please get in contact with me or comment on this post, I’d love to hear your opinion on all that’s gonna follow now.)

So, maybe you have tried to get your works into publishing houses or maybe you didn’t.
Well, which other options are there to work as a writer?
You could be an editor, so correcting other people’s texts, books, websites, dissertations and other academic texts.
Or you could work as a copy writer in an advertising agency or a marketing agency.
If you have profound journalistic knowledge, maybe you’re even working for a newspaper or magazine. As a writer. Or editor.
Or as something completely different, as it is quite often the case.
But let’s assume your work has something to do with writing, be it building headlines and capturing texts in order to market a product or be it reading and correcting books or other written works.

It was in Austin Kleon’s books Steal like an Artist* and Show your Work* that I was confronted with the idea that instead of aiming for a writing career there is a moment of bliss when your writing hasn’t been commercialised yet, because you can follow your passion and be as free as you want to. No expectations, no briefings, no deadlines, no customer that wants some particular text from you.
In that moment, years ago, when I read it, I was a bit taken aback by this utterance, but the more I thought about it, the more it dawned on me what he meant.
A similar thing is what I experienced in my academic work, because as long as I could choose a topic and hold a presentation on it in a manner which was rather free, besides the design of the slides that was mandatory, I felt like doing exactly what I wanted to do. But once I was asked to write a term paper with all its framework and structure and requirements, I felt so under pressure and was so concentrated on making my academic work fit into the framework, that I actually didn’t pay as much attention to delivering the content in an understandable and logical manner. (I know there is a problem with this example, as presentation and written term paper are two different mediums, but let it just sit here for the sake of the argument, okay? thanks.)

Anyway, as long as your art is not commercialised (yet) you can do what ever you like as you’re not obliged to please a client.
Of course, you should keep your audience in mind and create content that they hopefully gonna love, but that’s not the same as someone yelling at you “THAT is what I paid you for?!”.
You get the idea, I guess.

So, does this now mean that as a professional you’re not passionate?
And vice versa: A passionate creative is not professional?

Well, I’d object both ideas.
But, I’d say the way in which you burn for your own projects differs from the passion you put into your professional work.
My professional services range from text creation to translations, editing and professional storytelling to writing texts for special occasions and I wouldn’t say that there is no passion whatsoever behind it. I love this kind of work!
But I have to admit, the process of creation oftentimes differs from a spontaneous poetic idea that you can’t write down quick enough before it slips through your fingers.

On the other hand, when concerned with my own creative projects, I do not lack a professional approach when it comes to organising a photo shooting, planning in advance or when preparing photo and text combinations.
For instance my Instagram account displays mostly my passionate creative projects and not my booked professional work. But I do plan and organise which post goes together with which picture, when to post it, etc., so I’d claim there is a professional approach towards it.
Admittedly, if I do not stick to the planned postings because I don’t feel like it and prefer another idea, of course, in this field I’m free and flexible to do as I please, which is not the case with a booked service.

Nevertheless, I wouldn’t claim that profession and passion exclude each other.
But the emphasis might differ.

The question is:
Will you really lose your passion once your art becomes your profession?

I for my part, cannot give any hands-on advice on that, as my professional work and my passionate creativity revolve both around language and writing, but differ concerning the content and purpose.
But I know from a friend, who used to draw passionately, that once she had to draw for clients, she felt like losing the passion for what used to lighten up her days and meant fun and relaxation for her.
I’d claim there are often phases, whether it’s writer’s block or just being fed up with something you used to pursue passionately in your free time, but once it gets to the level that you can’t find any joy in it anymore and feel the urge to quit it all together, maybe reconsidering your choices and then adjust them, might help you not lose your passion.
For me personally, I think it is a bliss that everything I do is more or less connected by the red thread of language and text, but that professional and passionate work (because actually, it’s both work, though one might be paid and the other not or not in the same manner) differ content-wise.
If that is possible for you, maybe that’s an option for you, too.
I know others who would get distracted by having so many different projects running and who prefer to concentrate on one approach or method or type of work completely. (Which I can understand completely btw!)
And it’s not that I chose all my work to differ to this extent, but it just took its way in that direction for now and I see the positive in it.

Fortunately, I never got to a point where I considered giving up writing all together.
Giving up Instagram? Yes.
Deleting Facebook? Yes.
Stop blogging? Yes.
But writing itself and for itself? Never.

Whether that was now supported by the fact that my professional and passionate work differ or whether it’s just written into my bones and onto my heart, I can’t define.

What’s your opinion and/or experience with that?
Did you make your passion your profession and regret it afterwards?
Do you purposely not make your passion your profession?

Please share your thoughts, I’m eager to know.

So long, my dears

xxx
Gina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#writerswednesday: Tips for Creativity & Inspiration

#writerswednesday: tips for creativity & inspiration

As there are many creatives out there in different fields, be it photography, film making, writing, singing, acting, modelling, dancing, painting, whatever, I realised that often they are confronted with the same or similar problems.
Some of them being in the direction of the following:

* I’m not in the mood, I don’t know where to go with my art, it feels useless what I’m doing
* I have the feeling that I’m just repeating and reproducing what I’ve already done
* I have too many ideas and my mind is all over the place so that I feel like getting actually nothing done

These and similar thoughts I myself have encountered, but I also heard them quite frequently from other creatives, as by now I know quite many of them.
That’s why I’d like to share some advice with you. And this is not just for writers or photographers or other creatives.
Creative comes from create and therefore, any task that creates something can be seen as a creative task.
Be it gardening, redecorating your home or something else.
To cope with all these negative, limiting and blocking thoughts, I’m gonna share some tips with you that helped me all along the way of my creative path.

1. Take a break, have a coffee*. Consume art.

* can be substituted by anything you like, tea, whiskey, chocolate, cake…

When you feel like not being in the mood, like having all these ideas in your mind but they don’t mould into the next great piece of art, leave it. Let it take a rest. Don’t let inspiration run away, but give it a little time.
If you feel like being really blocked from it, it can also help to consume a lot of art to get into your own flow again.
As a writer, read. And read a lot.
As a photographer or model, watch a lot of pictures, follow other models/photographers and get your inspo board refreshed.
As a film maker, watch a lot of movies.
As a cook, read recipes, watch cooking shows or youtube videos.
The list could go on like that now, but I think you already got it.
This is not to say consume a lot in order to copy, but in order to get your inspiration back on track.

2. Sit down. Turn your phone off. Produce.

When your mind is so overflowing with ideas that you’re loosing track and you always think “I don’t know where to start.” this is gonna be lethal to your inspirational flow.
Instead, sometimes, although it feels like sh*t, just take the next best thing on your list (or if you already prioritised, take the top priority), sit down and get something done. Just start.
Or if you feel totally lost, like nothing great is coming out of your mind, take one thing that has been on your to do list for a quite a while or take a small creative task and push it forward.

As Picasso said “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

So, if you’re missing inspiration, it’s not necessarily gonna come while you’re contemplating about not having inspiration, you know.
In most cases, negative thoughts create a negative environment, so why should inspiration feel invited?
Create an invitational environment for inspiration and keep on working!

3. Try something new.

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and you’re only reproducing and repeating things that you already did and you tend to be bored by yourself and your art, just try something new.
Again, this is not to copy someone else, but if for instance you’re a writer of romantic stories and you’re completely stuck, try to write, dunno, a detective story or something from a different genre. Just to see whether you like it or not, to challenge yourself and to keep your mind in your creative field but with a different perspective.
This can also add to your own authentic voice, because maybe you find out that you actually like this genre, or parts of it or even that you don’t like it at all. It doesn’t matter. Either way it’s gonna show you something about you and your art and work.
For me, I realised that the #sundaystory helped a lot with this. It is challenging to combine the prompts to something coherent and as the mood or tone or genre is given as well, sometimes they are completely off my normal field of creative work. But I consider it exciting and really refreshing to use my skills in a different genre and to learn and grow with it.
Of course, this also works in other fields, cook something new, wear a combination of clothes that you haven’t worn before, style yourself in a manner that you’ve never styled yourself before in, take photos of things that normally don’t attract your photographic attention, etc.
Just try something new. It’s refreshing and helps you grow and learn.
About you. About your work. About your art.

4. Communicate. Meet friends. Chitchat. Share. Exchange.

One of my creeds and believes is “Inspiration through communication”.
Oftentimes while chatting with close friends, business partners and strangers, this exchange gives me impulses that hit a spot that was untouched before. And sometimes a good conversation is all you need to get you back on track again.
More often than not, when my mind is overflowing with ideas and I don’t how to prioritise them or whether they make sense or not, calling my best friend and chatting with her over a nice cup of coffee is the best thing I can do.
It’s not only her input, although it’s a beautiful input and I feel blessed to have such great friends, but it’s also that while you’re talking to someone else, you’re also talking to yourself and in that moment you shape things in a manner that you weren’t able to when everything was just in your own head.

5. Take yourself on a date.

As much as communication and conversation with people can be inspiring and give you impulses, as much is it important to take some time just for yourself. And no, darling, I don’t mean you on your own, glued to your phone, having a ton of chats open and still communicating with others.
I mean you, yourself and you again.
And when I say take yourself on a date, I really mean it.
Don’t go to the laundry service alone with a cuppa to go and call it a date, ok?
Don’t cheat!
I really mean, if you were another person taking yourself on a date, what would it look like?
Would you go to a restaurant? A cafe? To the cinema? Taking a long walk in a park?
Whatever you consider your dream date to look like, don’t wait for anyone, treat yourself to it.
Sometimes you would find me in a cafe with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, mostly with my paper notebook or my laptop or a book to read, enjoying some time alone, just doing things that I love and that inspire me.
And no, no, no, I don’t do it to have a cute picture to post on instagram.
I mean yes, you caught me, that happened too, but I don’t go there in the first place to promote and advertise dating oneself on social media, you know. If I do so, I do it because I’m in the mood.
One of the things that I also love doing is getting up early in the morning, when the streets are still quiet and drive into a city, any city that I like, and walk the streets, watching all the details of architecture for example, taking pictures of the rising sun between houses or a beautiful flower on a wall or anything that captures my attention and that I therefore want to capture too. It’s really an intensive feeling taking a walk alone and watch a city waking up.
Sometimes I also take a walk in a forest or in a park or at a sea, whatever I feel like. And yes, a lot of the times I’m talking to myself.
I mean, hey, this is a date, huh? And normally we do talk on dates, don’t we?

General advice: Disconnect.
In many cases it’s a good choice to enjoy these moments disconnected from emails, social media and chats.
This is not a necessity, but it helps you refocus on what’s important to you without comparing yourself and your art to others and their work. And this gives you more freedom in your mind to work on your very own business.
You can still share the pictures you took, the things you’ve done, the experiences you made later on, but grant yourself a little time to really feel them inside of yourself.

I hope these tips and advice gave you some impulses on how to get yourself and your creative energy flowing again.
Of course there are many more things that I could put on this list and I might make a series out of it, but right now, I don’t want to bore you until the last spark of inspirational flow ran out by reading a blog post that was waaaayyyy too long.

Plus, guess what I’m gonna do? Yup, I just heard some coffee call my name. Can you hear it, too?