Five ways to rediscover your muse
There are times when we struggle to be creative. We make excuses and will often blame our muse for leaving us. This poor, mythical (really Darren?) creature gets blamed for so much. Yet, so often, it is down to us. Stephen King suggests it is all down to us,
You have to do all the grunt labor … while the muse sits and smokes cigars and admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you. Stephen King – On writing
He may very well be right, he has a lot more experience than most of us. However, it got me thinking about what we can do when we feel the ‘muse’ has gone away and when the creative ideas just don’t seem to flow.
So here are five quick ways to rediscover your muse if she, he, or it, has gone away.
Open your eyes
It is very easy to crawl into our own creative ghetto and keep putting out. That eventually leads to creative burnout. Find others who use a similar creative genre and look at what they are doing, immerse yourself in their creativity for a while.
See the ‘real’ world
Nature is organic and as such provides us with limitless inspiration. It isn’t bound by our human ideas and reaches beyond what we can imagine. Tap into that creativity by taking a look at what is beyond the concrete. It also gives you any excuse to get out of the studio!
Close your eyes
Sometimes you simply need to down tools for a while. Simply close your eyes and get away from the paper, paint, materials or music, and relax. It is surprising how often the muse will return when you stop looking.
Make a list
Our brains fill up quickly with junk distracting us. One of the best tried and tested methods of helping the poor brain during these times is to make lists. Even if you don’t do anything with them, just getting it out of your head helps, and gives space for the muse to move back in.
Fall in love
Find your soul mate, spark up the relationship and voila. Okay, that is easier said than done, but what you are looking for here are strong emotions. Emotional energy has a big impact on creativity, so if your creative levels are down, perhaps you need to hold an emotional audit.
I’d love to hear any other ideas you may have to woo the muse back into your life, so please add them to the comments.