Creativity is a funny thing. You can't force it and you can't always predict when it's going to strike.
But if you find yourself stuck in content creator's block, here are some tips on how to get out of the funk!
Find a different voice.
It may sound counterintuitive, but sometimes the best way to get out of block is to try something different. If your voice isn't working for you right now, take some time off (if possible) and consider using another one.
Here are some ideas:
Change up your writing style by using more exclamation points, fewer commas and semicolons, or even by using more passive language than usual instead of active verbs like “I did this” or “I wrote that."
These changes can help you get into a different mindset that might inspire new ideas from which to draw on later when returning to your normal style of writing.
Read other people's content about topics related to yours and pay particular attention to how they write about them, or even just how they phrase things differently than how you do it yourself.
This will give insight into alternative ways for approaching similar topics so as not only inspire future posts but also potentially improve upon existing ones already published online under your name (and potentially earn more money from all those views).
Attend a Retreat
A creative retreat is a place where you can escape the day-to-day and focus on your inner magic. You don't have to be an artist or writer to benefit from this kind of experience. A creative retreat can help anyone who is interested in improving their mindset, and unleashing their self-expression.
Whether you are looking to work on new skills or just trying to get back in touch with something you love doing, this is an excellent and results-driven experience.
When you sign up for a creative retreat, your time there will be dedicated to the pursuit of self-expression through your chosen medium. You will have the opportunity to work with other people who are also pursuing their passions, which can be very motivating if you're feeling stuck or discouraged about your own work.
You won't have to worry about e-mails or phone calls during your time away from home. Put the devices away and focus solely on yourself and what matters most: unleashing your creativity!
Use your feelings as source material.
What if you could use your feelings as a source of inspiration for your content creation?
You’ve probably noticed that some of the most successful creators are able to find inspiration in their own lives and experiences. This is because life itself is a rich source of material; it never runs out! You can always find something to talk about, if you look hard enough. And since we all have our own unique backgrounds and perspectives, there’s no limit to the amount of material available to us as creators.
The easiest way to tap into this wellspring of ideas is simply by reflecting on what you feel right now. What do you want people to know about?
How can they learn from your experience?
What would make them laugh or cry or feel inspired?
Once you get started thinking this way, it won't be long before all kinds of ideas start flowing freely through both sides—your brain and fingers—and onto the keyboard!
Do what you DON'T want to do.
So, you have a great idea for a story. You know what it's about and how it ends. But now you have to get the words down on paper. And that part is just not as fun as coming up with all the cool stuff that happens along the way!
But if you force yourself to write even when you don't feel like it, something magical happens: You start getting excited about your story again.
That's because you've started doing something that feels good. And when you feel good, it's easier to keep going and even do more of whatever it is that makes you feel good.
So if writing is not your idea of fun, try forcing yourself to write for just five minutes a day and then see what happens!
If you're not sure where to start:
Try a different medium.
Try a different genre.
Try a different topic.
Try a different style.
Try a different format.
Get away from your desk.
Getting away from your desk and giving yourself some time to think will help get you out of content creator's block.
You might be surprised how much inspiration can come from getting away from your computer and giving yourself some space to think.
Consider going for a walk, taking a trip to the park or beach, or going for a run if you're up for it!
You can also try something more out-of-the box like visiting a museum or even attending an improv class (yes, this is totally possible).
Take a break from social media.
Taking a break from social media is the key to getting out of content creator's block. It helps you get back in touch with yourself, which is so important when you're creating content for other people to see.
When you're caught up in creating content for social media, it can be hard to see what else is going on around you. Taking a break from your usual routine will help bring you back into reality and remind you that there are other things in life besides posting on Instagram.
Help your subconscious mind form new ideas by being inspired by something new on the radio, a story in the news, or even your favorite Netflix show!
Try some meditation.
Did you know that meditation can help you get out of content creator's block?
I know, I know. You're probably thinking: "Meditation? Are you kidding me? That sounds like a bunch of hippy nonsense and I'm not interested."
But hear me out! Meditation has been shown to have benefits for the brain, especially when it comes to creativity. The reason for this is because it helps you clear your mind and think outside the box. This can be extremely useful when trying to come up with new ideas for your content creation business.
The best part is, meditation doesn't have to be complicated or time consuming. You can do it in 10 minutes or less! Try taking 5-10 minutes every morning before work, or even just before bed at night if that's easier for you.
Just sit down somewhere quiet where you won't be disturbed and close your eyes. Focus on your breathing, feeling yourself breathe in and out slowly and deeply until you feel calm and relaxed.
Then think about what kind of content would be helpful to your followers right now. Maybe something funny or inspirational? How could you create something like that?
Creativity is a funny thing. You never know when or how it will hit you, but when it does, it's like a light turning on in your brain! You'll suddenly see things in a new way and understand them in a new way. It's inspiring, exhilarating, and completely necessary for being a content creator.
These are just some of the ways to get out of a content creator's block. Whether you use them all or just one, I hope they help you get back on your feet and help you create something amazing.
If you want to chat with me about how to get out of a content creator's block, or if there are any other topics you'd like me to cover, don't hesitate to reach out via email or social media. I'd love hearing from you!