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And then there are the other kind of days...
The days where I can barely pull myself out of a funk, can't think of anything that sounds even remotely creative, and can't even find joy in flipping through things that usually inspire me. I can feel it coming on like a storm...the mind gets more cloudy, stupid songs get caught in my head, I watch more mindless TV...and then it hits: the artist's mental block. It descends like an iron curtain and won't let go it's relentless hold.
Fortunately, those days are few and far between. But when they do come, it seems as though they'll never end. Finding inspiration can be a rough thing even on good days. Having the wrong conversation or listening to music that doesn't fit your mood can throw things out of kilter faster than you'd ever expect. Fighting back is the ultimate struggle for any artist. For me, it usually means giving in for a day and letting myself get out and away from what only recently was so inspiring, but now feels stale and old. I go on walks, read books, visit with people, and generally stop looking for inspiration. Once I stop looking, it's like it's suddenly there!
What do you do to find inspiration when you find yourself in a rut?
by Sarah-Lambert Cook
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