We all start off with a goal (or two), a modicum of inspiration and willpower, and perhaps a few tricks of the trade.
But some days we may find ourselves crawling up the side of a very steep mountain, wondering, “What were those words that choo-choo-train used to mutter?” (Give you a hint: it was NOT “I-think-I-tanked-I-think-I-tanked!”)
Which got me thinking: how do we get back on track, or get cruising back down the tracks, when we hit the slow patch, or lose sight of our original goals? We’ve discussed creative cycles here before, but what about the day-to-day, or the mid-project-crisis?
Last weekend, I visited Longwood Gardens and snapped a good 260 pictures as we wandered through forests, gardens, and indoor conservatories. It was a wonderful way to spend my day, but perhaps more importantly, it helped jar me out of a stretch of artistic complacency and back into a willingness to attack my work with force.
If you’re having trouble with your inspiration – or even your willingness to work – step back and go do something different. Go do something fun, something new, something completely outside of your routine!
What do you like to do to help regain your momentum?