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When do you feel your most creative?

I’m a bit of a night owl to be honest and whilst I write, shoot and edit throughout the day, I love losing myself in my blog and book writing when the house is asleep and all is quiet. There are no distractions on or offline and having written for a lot of the day, my creative muscles are warmed up and ready for the sprint. I feel that the magic hour creativity happens for me when the moon emerges. It’s when I do my best work. I’m most focused and committed then.

Here, I wanted to share some creativity boosters for times I feel lacking in motivation and need a push.

As I’ve shared many times before, the more you write, the you write until the process is naturalised and you create free-fall, overcoming self-doubt as confidence surges and creativity becomes your default. It’s those times you forget everything else and hone in on your art. It’s magical.

Luckily, that’s where I’m at most of the time.  Through dedication. We do all flounder and fall though, it’s part of the journey and that’s why posts like this remind me of what works, small triggers which boost my creativity and get me back on track. I hope they work for you too!

 

Music

Music can stir, inspire and uplift. It can set your working ambience too. I would often play music relevant to scenes in screenplays I used to write to help set the tone, for me and my characters. Cypriot songs in particular played whilst I wrote short films would transport me to the world I was creating. Music was a powerful creative tool and it’s one I return to time and time again.

Classical music is a tonic for the soul.  I often play Classic FM in the morning to help ease me into the day. It’s also the ideal way to eliminate school-run stress for all the family.

Get it on in the car.

If you find it hard music playing as you write distracts you from the words on the page/screen try playing tracks before you start, selecting songs to suit your mood and the tone of your work.

 

Repetitive action e.g. Driving/running/ ironing.

I find inspiration often strikes when I’m mid repetitive action. I often conceive my best ideas on the treadmill. Don’t cut off from driving to write down an idea of course (stay safe) but once you’ve pulled up get it onto paper so you don’t forget it. I like to write blog post titles of my idea with a few notes in the body so I remember to return and flesh them out at a later date. It helps me be prolific.

 

Time out

You are more productive when you rest, recover and relax. Working in over-tired mode rarely creates the best results and whilst we’re all so busy, juggling and hustling, it’s vital to take time out even if that’s means just 20 minutes a day to do something unrelated to work that feeds your soul and restores your energy.

Yoga, painting, a walk in the countryside, a mani or some meditation using the Headspace app will allow you to garner greater results when you return to get your head down.

 

The arts

Take time to visit art galleries and the theatre, to read widely across all genres, to enjoy the feel of books between your hands, to feel fully immersed and inspired by the world around you and on living life. It sounds so simple but you need to live in order to write. Without experience you have nothing to write of.

 

Creative people

Surround yourself with other creatives. People who understand, stimulate and stretch you. Those who make you ask questions, critique your work, self-reflect and inspire you to share your art with the world.

 

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40 Responses

  1. Mrs Mummy Harris

    I find TV is a great inspiration for my posts. Also my own personal life whether it be a night out, night in, an attempt at dieting etc. However having only blogged for six months, I do think that I have several ideas and wonder how long until the buzzing slows down! #brilliantblogposts
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  2. My Petit Canard

    Love this post Vicki. Music and time out are always great for helping to get me in my creative zone, but spending time with other creatives is what always gets my juices flowing 🙂 Great post, so helpful and definitely one I’ll be coming back to when I need it! Emily #BrilliantBlogPosts
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  3. Emma Peach

    I agree – doing repetitive exercise is very therapeutic. I find running allows my mind to wander and de-stress, which encourages creativity. Lolling about in the sun on holiday also provides a good reboot, getting away from everyday irritations and distractions. There are always too many tabs open in my brain to focus properly if I don’t schedule in some down time. I’ve found that meeting up with other bloggers is the best thing for blogging motivation though, I love bouncing ideas off other like-minded people.

    Emma xxx
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  4. Emma T

    For me time out is th ideas and words as possible.e best time..oh and at work bizarrely, especially in meetings. I can be frantically be seen jotting down as many

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  5. Susan Mann

    Great tips. I really struggle with music to be honest. I find I have to do stuff in silence, even if I am driving in the car, if I want to think and plan I need silence x

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  6. Taryn (3littleladiesandme)

    I find my post creative moments come when i’m least expecting them and I then have this urge to sit down and write. Sometimes a bit of time out and taking the pressure off really helps me too. X #brilliantblogposts
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  7. Tooting Mama

    The creative juices can struggle to flow at times, and it can get a bit lonely being a blogger. But I love to hit the pavements for a run with the dog, I always come home refreshed with a smile on my face! #brillblogposts
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  8. Gail

    Really great post Vicki, for me walking really helps formulate ideas, I also agree about being around other creative people to help you feel inspired x
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  9. five little doves

    I so needed this today! I have been struggling with my creativity of late, thankfully I had a lot of blog posts planned but new ones? No clue! I’m going to stick on one of my favourite play lists and see if that helps, I think the more you stress about finding your creativity the harder it gets to claw it back! #brilliantblogposts
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    • Honest Mum

      So true darling, let it flow, inspiration will strike when you least expect it. Try not to stress, you write beautifully and your blog is one of my favourites xx

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  10. Rebecca

    I totally agree with the repetitive actions one… I have so often had gems of ideas spark when Im walking to or from work… which is annoying actually as I usually forget by the time I get home to a pen and paper! I also have an immense love for music… it is so inspiring and can take you back to a place or feeling you had once thought forgotten. Talking to other mums is usually my go to to get creative juices flowing if I have lost touch with my http://rockandrosesmama.wordpress.com/blog for a few days… #brilliantblogposts
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  11. stacey oakes

    I find I’m most creative early in the morning (hence why I’m here writing this). Sometimes I go weeks without writing anything and sometimes I write 3 times a day! #Brillblogposts

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  12. MumandStuff

    It’s walking for me, long, swift walks with the baby sleeping in the pram – thank goodness for smartphones and the ability to make notes on the go! x

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  13. Kimberly - Media Mummy

    I do the same thing with blog posts – titles and notes in the drafts. I’m also better writing in silence, but it’s a great idea to play music first!
    And yes by practising and writing writing writing, I’m finding my tone and finding it easier to write.
    Thanks for the tips x #BrilliantBlogPosts
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  14. a positive parent

    Time Out – so important I think we forget too often just how important this is!
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  15. Clare

    You know you have hit the nail on the head here! I can relate to all of theses! Mt biggest creative blocker is lack of rest

    Love tho post – Thanks Clare x

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  16. Frankly Vicky

    I always think of children as a great creativity booster, their minds are fantastic. I often ask my five year old for ideas and she is definitely going to be some sort of creative guru one day x Enjoyed my first time linking up to #brillblogposts too x

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  17. Meg

    I agree with all of these! Great ideas. I find inspiration strikes when I’m not ready for it … like in the shower. Or walking with the kids! x
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  18. Michelle

    Great tips! I get the allure of writing late at night when there isn’t any kid going, “Mummy! Mummy! Mummy!” Too bad, I can’t write when I’m sleepy. I, too, get the best ideas/inspirations when I’m walking.
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  19. Eb Gargano / easypeasyfoodie.com

    Great tips Vicki – I always find my best ideas strike at the most random times! I have learnt always to keep a notepad and pen handy to jot it down. I absolutely cannot work with music or any other disctractions though – I kind of need to go into the zone! My top tip for creativity in writing is to allow yourself to write complete drivel on the first attempt and then go back and do a hard edit. I find, for some reason, I have much better ideas and much more creativity when I am editing than when I am writing my first draft! Eb x
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  20. Emma

    Oh the importance of switching off! Great ideas here Vicki. I find taking at least one evening a week to turn off all devices, including the TV, refreshes my creative energies. That, and stream-of-consciousness writing as soon as I wake up every morning. That daily practice of letting the words flow really oils the wheels for when I need to write my blog posts!
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  21. Becca Farrelly

    I’m always craving that ‘quiet time’ to sit and just think about anything and everything! We moved house between Christmas and New Year so I be in the countryside within a 7 minute walk so I often nip out for a walk while Mia’s at Preschool. That’s where my ideas tends to be born and then its a quick walk home to jot them down! 🙂

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  22. Caroline

    Some great tips here Vicki! I find going out for a walk while listening to spotify is perfect for sparking creativity. #brilliantblogposts
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  23. Chloe

    Hi, I find it interesting how we all get inspired by different things. I’m most productive in the morning. If I’m in the blogging zone I put on napster and choose a playlist to keep me going, Chloe #BrilliantBlogPosts
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  24. Susie / So Happy In Town

    Just what I need at the moment Vicki – your timing was impeccable. Needing some reminders to get my creative juices flowing. I often get my ideas on the treadmill too and definitely need to remind myself to stop, and take some time out, meditate (also love headspace) and take a breather. I’m the opposite to you, my brain shuts down in the evening and I’m my most productive first thing in the morning. #brillblogposts
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    • Honest Mum

      I’d love to be a morning person Susie, we are so similar too. Really important to keep reminding ourselves to take time out too xx

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  25. Katie

    Great ideas to help creativity! I love a bit of music and a soak in the bath!
    xx

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  26. Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb

    These are wonderful tips! I agree with every single one. Whilst I can’t work (when actual writing is involved) with music playing, I do like those coffee shop apps that create just enough noise to work (I use Coffivity). Having with involved with the other girls in my Over40Collective group for the past year I can wholeheartedly say that surrounding yourself with other creatives is one of the best tips ever!

    Great post, thank you

    Catherine x
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh wow, I need to try this, thanks so much. Collaborating with other creatives is such a joy isn’t it, it’s so incredibly inspiring and fun. Love your collective x

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  27. Laurie

    It’s funny, but I tend to get my ideas when I’m ironing! I always have a pad and pen to hand on the ironing board.
    Taking action on all those ideas though is another matter. If only there were more hours in the day!
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