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What To Do When Creativity Leaves You

There is always a new story to tell.

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Most of the time it feels like my creativity is alive, like a giant, happy friend who picks me up and helps me make things.

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But recently I've been going through a stretch where I feel very uninspired. I look around for my creativity but it feels like this friend is gone.

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It honestly has felt like I've forgotten how to do the one thing I know I'm good at. The blank canvas – something that used to excite me – now stresses me out.

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What’s worse is that in the place of a giant happy friend, I have new visitors. These are my fears.

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Like the fear that I've used up all of my best ideas.

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I fight that fear off, but instantly there’s another fear – that rather than growing, I’m regressing in my ability to create.

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So I fight that one off but then another fear comes up behind me – the fear of making something new that I'm proud of but that doesn't make any sense to anyone else.

Instead of creating, I feel like I spend most of my time just fighting off these fears.

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And yet, as I stand back and look at the mess the fight has made over the past few months, I am beginning to see something new.

I'm starting to see that fighting my creative despair has helped me think new thoughts. And in telling about how I fight those fears, I can string together a narrative. Maybe right now, the fight is my story.

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If you're feeling uninspired today, take heart. The happy side of creativity will come and go. But your story – whatever chapter you are in – is worth telling. Keep going, creators.

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