Hello makers! Kelly here, slowly coming out of blog-hiding with a brand new Question of the Week for you.
Creativity runs deep in us makers. Our passion and determination to create drives our ideas, our hobbies, and for many of us, our businesses. So what happens when those creative juices run dry? And worse, what do we do when the tap that normally has a steady flow of ideas is completely clogged up with doubt, exhaustion, an discouragement?
If you're a maker, no doubt you've encountered a creative block. The question is, how do we combat that so we as makers are able to move forward?
Ironically, this blog post has taken longer to write than I would like to admit. The words and ideas and answers to the question just weren't coming, and the longer I waited, the more pressure I felt to conjure up with something profound. The truth is, a creative block can be extremely difficult to overcome, crippling even. And it's something I've been struggling with for months now.
Maybe you've been knitting the same hat for two years and you can't seem to crawl out of that habit. Or maybe you've had half an idea in your mind and you're stuck on how to bring to life. Or maybe the direction you were going with your maker life hasn't turned out the way you thought, and you're baffled as to where your road will lead you. Sometimes, the path is overgrown with grass and hard to spot, or it's muddy and you don't have your rain boots handy yet. Heck, right now I feel like I don't even know what I want my path to be, so how am I supposed to travel it? #help
A creative block is a nasty beast, and can put us as a standstill (which is hard for us, because by nature makers are go-getters and people pleasers), but it's also an opportunity to push your own boundaries. To think outside the box, so to speak. To take a step back, or three, and really get a good look at your current maker life and decide what's working, what isn't, and where change is needed in order to get going again.
So what's my advice? Well if anything, spend time around other creatives. Find a person or two or five who inspire you, and soak in their enthusiasm. Brainstorm, kick ideas back and forth, and talk about your struggles because I guarantee they have them too.
I've taken comfort in reading the advice of four inspiring makers: Susanne of Wooly Ventures, Janine of KnitsNKnotsWpg, Kayla of Rainy Mornings Crochet and Nicola of I Am Simply Nic. As you read their QOTW responses below, I hope that all you makers out there fighting your creative block battles can take shelter in their words like I did - and still am.
How do you combat a creative block?
How do you combat a creative block? What is your advice? Tell us in the comments below, or tag us on our @ourmakerlife with #ourmakerlife for a chance to be featured on our feed!
If you have a question in mind you would like to see answered by fellow makers, just send us a quick 'OML QOTW' email - we'd love to put together a QOTW with you.
Kelly, OML dream team
Kelly is the mind, body and soul behind knitbrooks, a collection of knit and crochet accessories created for the modern nature lover like herself. After living in several places across Canada the last five years, Kelly has settled in her hometown of Dundas, Ontario where she now works part time at a publishing company + part time at a local yarn shop + part time living the handmade lady boss life.