How to Get Past Writer's Block: Ways to Get Creative Again and Inspired to Write

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I've Lost My Creative Spark

It’s been a while since I’ve felt creative. There are reasons for this, methinks. It’s not like I’ve always been the most creative person around, but my bit of creativity has suffered over the past year.

Reasons for Loss of Creativity

Why? Well, one reason is that I was so busy trying to make a living that I didn’t really have time to stroke that creative spirit (hey, those words were kind of creative!). I was teaching two classes online, two classes at the University of Arkansas, plus doing an assortment of freelance writing gigs. I was concerned with just getting done what I needed to get done. So the creativity suffered.

Another reason? I stopped writing poetry for a year. There was a reason for this. I got accepted into Hubpages’ Apprenticeship Program last August (yes, the same time I was doing all the teaching and other freelancing). One of the requirements is writing really fleshed-out hubs about useful, evergreen topics. Poetry was not allowed. Neither were tutorials about HubPages, or anything too personal such as what I’m writing about right now. I like writing poetry, even though I’m no Epigramman. And I liked writing about HubPages on occasion, too. So how do I get back to that? I haven’t even felt a poem in me for some time now. And I feel a bit out of touch somehow with HubPages.

Don’t get me wrong. I still love HubPages, and I plan to always write here in some capacity. And the AP was very helpful in many ways, as it forced me to make sure I published quality hubs, with plenty of photos, videos, polls, tables, and all that jazz. I wrote about teaching and social work, cooking and recipes, saving money, holidays, and other topics. I had written about all that stuff before, but I was used to interspersing them with poems, tutorials, and other random hubs of my choosing. I feel that I've lost a little of myself and that my busy schedule has forced my losing touch with some of my HubPages friends.


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How to be Creative

So, how do I get back the pittance of creativity I once had? Well, here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

Write in my journal. That has worked before in getting my brain flowing and creating. Once it led to a hub about following and achieving your dreams.

Read others’ creative works. Perhaps by reading what other creative people are writing, including poetry, I can again get into that mode and possibly eke out a poem. I sure hope so. I’ve been feeling pretty dry.

Reduce the negativity in my life. I’ve been reading some about negative thoughts, negative people. I recognize some of that around me, and it bogs me down. This goal is easier said than done, but I’ve got to work on making my surroundings more positive.

Write at Bubblews. Yep, I’ve been bubbling around with some other bubblers. I know that many of you have heard about this site. I tried it out and am really liking it so far. The site is all about short posts, and I feel I can write just about anything. It’s fun to bubble around to see what other people are writing, and more ideas are coming to me all the time on what to write about. I’ve written 8 short posts in five days and have earned around six bucks. And I’m having fun with it. I do feel more creative since joining Bubblews, so I’m hoping my writing there will bleed over into other writing endeavors. I may share more about Bubblews after I've been there for more than 5 days.


More Ways to be Creative

More ways to be creative? I don’t know. Maybe they will come to me.

For now, I’m going to start with the few I’ve listed and hope that the creative desire gets stronger.

If you have your own ideas, I would love to hear them in the comment section.

P.S. This was the most enjoyable hub for me to write in a long time.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Vicki, it's nice to see you writing and I'm happy to hear you enjoyed this hub so much. Way too much on your plate young lady. If I had that many distractions I would never get any writing done. Good luck finding that creativity.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This was great! I have had some of the same problems, but have been busy too, getting some poems submitted to three or four contests. I am even working some part-time, and may write about that soon. I will check out Bubblews too.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I miss publishing poetry on here too and have pretty much avoided doing it. But I did start a poetry blog. Unfortunately my poems on here get read more than on my blog site but oh well. Glad to see you writing again.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Bill. It was nice to just write something more heartfelt. I'm still trying to find my way in this freelancing world and do take on too much. I don't know what else to do at this point but just go with it until I get there. I often don't have a lot of time to write, and, when I do, it's tedious gigs I'm doing. Aw, one day . . . . Thanks for your support. It means a lot!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Hi Victoria, boy, do I hear you on this one!!! Way too much going on in my life right now especially, that I barely have time to write. I have heard of that site, and it sounds perfect for those of us who are limited in their writing time at this moment in our busy lives. I work in the city each day during the week, which is an hour commute back and forth, so I get up early and arrive home late. Then, I need to read and comment and by then, the time is gone for writing anything! Then there is all the other real life crisis issues that come at any given moment.

Thank you for sharing here in this wonderful write.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

I may need to check out that other site as well due to the same reasons.

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

xstatic--Sorry to hear you're having similar troubles, but I'm glad to know I'm not alone. Good for you on the contests! And it's good to see you again!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hey, Susan, are you in the AP still? I can't even seem to find a poem in me. I hope that changes. That's neat that you have a poetry blog. I have seen it and should visit more. Life just gets in the way, you know? Good to see you!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Great advise! Thank you for this. "I can't" is our greatest enemy.


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soconfident 3 years ago

Wow its good you got your creativity back.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

it is so easy to lose creativity in writing, painting etc. When you get in another mode in life and focusing on the things we have to...You have some great ideas here and will bookmark for future use..also pin in my writing and publishing pinterest section.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Faith Reaper--Whew, your schedule is really packed! Bubblews might be a way for you to express yourself for now at least. It doesn't take long to write a post!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I agree, Mhatter. We just have to keep trying and keep "I can't" out of our minds!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

soconfident--I'm working on it!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Carol--Yes, it is! I hope to get back to writing more creative pieces! Thanks for pinning this!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I feel very conflicted about my HubPages writing after finishing the AP program, too, and have had a hard time getting my original enthusiasm and creativity back. I'm not planning to give it up entirely either and hope that having a better mix with my online routine will keep me motivated to keeping writing here regularly. Thanks for all of the tips!


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Saloca 3 years ago from Liverpool, UK

I know exactly what you mean! I used to be so prolific with my creative writings, especially through uni. I had writers journals on the go 24/7, new ideas seemed to come to me all the time and there was nothing I enjoyed than seeing the ideas flesh out into words on the page - bu I don't know what happened. I got caught up in work, caught up in trying to make £££ from things like Hubpages. Money seemed to be the be all and end all of my writing and it sucked the fun right out of it!

Its hard getting back into it, I've been trying for a while now and am still struggling! I know it will come back to me, eventually! You've made some great suggestions, I will be starting a new journal purely for creative work and am going to look into Bubblews!


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janetwrites 3 years ago from Georgia country

Thank you for this personal insight. Very great tips. I hope you will get creative again.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Great tips on how to get creative again. I like Bubblews too. It seems like there is a lot of freedom to write whatever and a good place to get back into writing.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

random--Exactly! That's just how I'm feeling--and hoping, as far as the motivation goes. Just have to keep on!


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I've lost count of when I finish the end of the year of writing sensible articles. Thank you so much for writing this and for telling us about that other site, too. I'll look it up, it sounds like fun.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Saloca--I hope you'll find your creativity back, too. If you write at Bubblews, look me up! I'm VickiLynn there.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Me, too, janetwrites. Thanks for your input!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

truthfornow---Exactly! Who are you on Bubblews?


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

BlossomSB--You're welcome. Look me up (VickiLynn) if you join Bubblews!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Hmm...seems like bubblews Had become the newest writing forum. I may have to check it out. Like you and many of our fellow ap writers, the program has changed hp for us. It's not all necessarily negative. I have learned a lot and am very grateful for that. I just feel that as I wrote, I think about how it will be rated by hp. I have moved most of my poems off of here and only let a few that either have noted of an article included our a collection. Great hub, very relatable! Thank you!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Great ideas for finding creativity. It's too bad that you have lost a bit of yourself this past year, in some ways, but at least you can stretch your creative legs again.

I like Bubblews! I need to write there more often, because the money adds up much faster than here, and it caters to my desire to write short pieces that don't need much "extra stuff".

Good luck, Vicki, and have a fantastic day!

~ Kathryn


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WiccanSage 3 years ago

I love this and it's so true... for me it's about when I get too busy. My husband says I'm not myself if I don't do something creative for too long. Sometimes when I get in a bad mood I just drop everything and get my hands into a craft project and within an hour I'm completely absorbed, the world is full of rainbows and chirping birds and life is wonderful again. great hub!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

btrbell I will always be grateful to HP for all I have learned. Bubbews is just a different kind of forum. I like the short, creative posts. I'll keep writing my longer stuff on HP, though. Good to see you!


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Sometimes it is very difficult to become creative and there are days when I feel like I can't write another thing, but then some days, it comes to me without even trying. For me, seeing new things and experiences can prompt me to become creative, plus plenty of sleep, dreams, and doing something positive. When I do something I really enjoy or get a positive result, it elevates my mood and sparks my creativity. I haven't see bubblews yet, but will check it out! Glad you are writing again!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I'm trying Kathryn! And I agree with you about Bubblews. I like the short posts and how quickly the money adds up. Look me up over there!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

WiccanSage--Thanks for the input. That's great that you can get back into creativity with a project. I love your comment about rainbows and chirping birds! :-)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Taking it easy and not worrying about it I think would make the creative juices flowing. Interesting hub.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

epbooks--Those are great tips. If you check out bubblews, look me up!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

rajan--You could be right about that! Thanks!


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Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

Hi Vickie!

I always find that being out in nature boosts my creativity. I bring my camera and take pictures and just have some quiet time with God, and words just flow into my head that I have to run home and write down so I don't lose them. I am enjoying Bubblews, but not making much money at it. It's probably going to take me 4 - 6 weeks to reach payout at the rate I am going. Oh well, better than nothing I guess. I don't know how people reach payout so quickly. Some do it in a matter of days.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Karen--That's great that you have a nice place to go and take in nature. That sounds neat. And about Bubblews, I think as long as you're enjoying it, the money can come in slowly. People have to spend a lot of time on it to get payout in a couple of days. Not everyone has that kind of time.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

I have the same problems some time. I get burnt out doing the same crafts. It's like writer's block in a sense. I had to learn to let go of the negative influences in my personal life. The test for me one time was someone in my life went away on vacation. During that time, I felt like I was renewed. They really had a negative drain on my creative life and I never realized it before. Now I limit phone calls from them, and I have found a new lease on my time so to speak.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

There are so many different ways in which we can be creative, whether it's with our writing, handcrafts or ideas. I do agree that when life gets very busy we just seem to lose it and dry up. Time by ourselves, a walk along the beach or in a park, or even a ride home in the train can sometimes give us that time we need and then those ideas just seem to flash into our minds. An interesting hub.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CraftytotheCore--I can see how that's pretty much the same as writer's block. It's a creative block! that's really neat what a difference it made with you to cut out negative influences! Thanks for sharing that!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, BlossomSB. I totally agree. Sometimes I feel bone dry! We have to keep finding ways to refresh ourselves.


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri

Good information here! Sometimes I just have to take a break. I have learned that often my writing comes in spurts and I just have to let it flow while the floodgates are flowing and then edit when they are not.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

cygnetbrown--A break can be very refreshing. I like your plan!


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

I really enjoyed reading this, Vicki. Congratulations on your apprentice ship accomplishment. By the time I applied they had disbanded the program and changed things up again. Seems I was always just a day late and a dollar short on some of the offerings here. However, I'm not complaining. It's pocket change each month. Good article and suggestions.

UP/U/I


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Denise--I thought they would eventually bring back the AP. Maybe they will. You're right; HP brings in a little money, at least!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Such a useful article Vicky!


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anglnwu 2 years ago

Thanks for the tips. I've not been very active here and have a lot of inertia lately. Your tips will come in useful. Rated up.


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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

Hi Victoria - great ideas. Journaling or writing quick posts surely spark a different part of the brain. Maybe it doesn't have the time to get exhausted so it spurts out with passion :)


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sholland10 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Hey Vicki! This is a great hub, and I have been in this non-creative holding pattern for a while. Job demands and other life stuff have been part of it. I need to get back on Bubblews just to brush up with a few short posts. I have always wanted to write in a journal, but I have not been very consistent.

Hopefully, you are coming out of your funk now, and I am going to keep trying to get out of mine.

Votes and shares! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Audrey! I need to read it again myself! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

anglnwu--Perhaps you'll get going again! Hope so!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Exactly, mdscoggins! And I need to take my advice and do it more often!!! Thanks for the comments!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Susan, I was out of my funk for a while, but it seems now i'm back in it. Like you, job and life demands have taken over. I'm hoping that I will have more time and energy after this fall semester to get back into the groove. I'm always thinking about things that I should be writing down in a journal. Alas! I'm joining you in your journey to get out of the funk!

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