When you’re just coming down from a huge burst of your creative output, you don’t want to totally flame out. But after you’ve made like a squirrel and stored all of those creative nuts, you’ll probably need to hibernate for a while. It’s a reasonable reaction: creatives have to conserve energy every now and then, or risk total creative meltdown. When you’ve been on a creative tear, ideas are barraging you left and right, day and night, too fast to even get them all down (much less act on any of them), so you’ll need some time off to contemplate, sort, process.
You may feel like you’ve suddenly plunged down a deep hole into a non-responsive introverted state, but there’s no need to fear that. You can just put all of that fantastic energy on the back burner for a bit, and take a big time out. You’ll come back out swinging, refreshed and renewed, once you’ve accepted your need for a restorative break.
Here’s how I got my creative mojo back after a few days of hibernation recently:
1. I watched this video over and over again, for a reminder of what a special class of people creatives belong to, and what it takes to be good at it:
2. Then I watched another video over and over again, too, for no special reason except that it gave me a cheap tug at the heartstrings. And that’s a good thing, when you’re a writer trying to relate to your characters’ hearts: Here’s SuperBowl 2014’s Best Spot (IMHO), Puppy Love.
3. I reflected on an infamous quote from Steve Jobs, because it surely does apply to the many creative undertakings I’d like to tackle:
4. I read an expansive book, filled with magnificent real-life characters and surprising, real-life events, to stir my imagination, and reviewed it on Amazon: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.
5. I browsed an art supplies catalog from DickBlick.com, to dream about new methods and techniques, and made a small, inconsequential, totally necessary art purchase.
6. I shared some helpful information I’d gathered from some research I’d been doing with someone who needed some help.
7. I explored blogs I haven’t seen before, and instead of just clicking the bright gold “like” star, I gave some thought to the topics, and then commented (hopefully cogently).
8. I reviewed rough drafts from my current writing project, to remind myself what I’d accomplished, where I’d been and where I was going.
9. I relaxed in my favorite relaxing chair, and watched Oliver Parker’s An Ideal Husband (wondering is there such a thing? besides mine, that is?) on my iPad, in the dark, under a blanket, with a glass of a full-bodied red and a bite of dark chocolate.
10. I drank coffee, had a vigorous morning workout, drank more coffee, and ate a healthy lunch. Bingo! I was back!
Some of this may work for you, or none of this may work for you. But something like this will. The main point is this: Give yourself permission to take care of yourself for just a bit. Then trust that when you allow yourself to rest and recharge, you’ll return good as new. Or maybe even more brimming over with new ideas. ♣
What are your restorative strategies to keep your creative energy burning on high? Please share what works for you in the comments.
Where do my creative energies go? Lately, to the novels I’m writing:
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About the photo: When you’re cookin’ the one thing you can’t do without is . . . You guessed it. Gas. [ Daily Prompt: Magic Ingredient ]