I’ve been dealing with depression for a while, and I usually use writing and art as an outlet. Recently, though, I’ve had a total mental block with both of them. Things that were as simple as breathing suddenly take me hours to do and I can’t enjoy it. Anyone have any ideas how I can ease my way back into the creative world and get out of this creative rut?
I’ve struggled with depression before and what worked for me was just surrounding myself with the people and things that make me happy. It ends up distracting me and then I forget about my troubles :) Also, just talking to someone else can help a lot too. If you ever want to talk … I’m totally here for you! :)
@kosmoskittles, Thank you. c: I had plans for this weekend that fell through, so being around people isn’t in the picture, sadly. Internet friends are welcome, though! Sometimes I’ve believed strangers can be more comforting than the people I’ve known my whole life.
I feel you man, i get creatively autistic here and there because of emotions. Writing is a great outlet for negativity..my advice as a writer i guess is choose a subject and compare your emotions/tragedies/numbness/depression (whatever it may be) to it and get inspired as you write. Whether its a toad or Mt. Everest. BUT never neglect the need for change of lifestyle.
@letsgetradicalx, I too suffer from occasional depression and creative blocks. Something that has helped me was to treat all forms of art as equal, and to lend credence to any type of art my heart wants to make. I’m a musician, first and foremost, and when I run out of lyrics/music to write, I like to try a different form of creativity. It’s frequently sketching, or free form writing for extended periods of time – just to see what comes out of me. Even though what I produce isn’t top quality, it’s not going to be shared with anyone! Going back and reading what I wrote makes me think about myself in a different way, offering a new approach to what I was originally trying to do in the first place.
As a completely different approach, maybe you don’t need to be creative right now in that way. Perhaps you need to exercise something technical, or practical.
@letsgetradicalx, I find taking a break from creative things to be more helpful then trying to power though. You can’t force inspiration. Well you can but it isn’t as fun. Might I suggest taking a break, and if you feel you must do something productive towards your arts learn a new technique that is so vastly different you basically side step your block. Well hope this helps Cheers :)
@letsgetradicalx, I’d recommend to not resist the blockage within your mind but allow the ‘rut’ to dissolve with patience; most likely this disconnect is asking of you not to force ‘creativity’ but to focus on other energies. Naturally, you’ll find yourself inspired once again and riding that wave when, indeed, it does occur!
@letsgetradicalx, A good tool to break writers block is actually pretty fun. get a notebook and pencil, and go to a place that you can people watch. either a park or a mall or whatever. Find someone that interests you, they can be pretty or ugly large or small. Begin freewriting an entire crazy scenario and story that led them there where you see them . It helps make your imagination work when you allow yourself to pretend like that. they can be criminals, spys, gods, devlis, whatever.
Yes, you can force inspiration. Inspiration comes from inside you. But relax, read a bit, etc. and listen to some music, then begin. Most of the great artists didn’t get up every day and say, “I’m going to wait for inspiration.” Inspiration comes from doing. So what if you have to tear up 12 of your 14 pages or tear up a manuscript? Waiting for inspiration just makes you procrastinate, makes you passive.