12 Tips For How to Find Inspiration and Break Through Creative Blocks: Tips For Content Creators

Are you struggling to come up with content ideas? Do you feel like you’ve hit a creative block? In this video, I’m going to show you how to find inspiration and break through your blocks so that you can create amazing content that your audience will love.

Hey everyone, I’m Sara from Sarathlete On The Move, and if you’re anything like me, you know that creativity is key when it comes to content creation. But sometimes it’s hard to get started, or we hit roadblocks that keep us from producing our best work. In this video, I’m going to share my top 12 tips for finding inspiration and breaking through those creative blocks so that you can create content that your audience will love.

Tip 1: Take a break from your work.

As content creators, we often face the challenge of feeling creatively blocked. When this happens, it’s important to take a break from our work and do something that will inspire us. This could be anything from going for a walk and admiring the beauty of nature, to watching a movie or reading our favorite book. By taking some time for ourselves, we can come back to our work with fresh ideas and a renewed sense of creativity. So next time you’re feeling stuck, don’t be afraid to step away from your work and give yourself some time to recharge.

Tip 2: Get organized.

All content creators know that feeling of being creatively blocked. When you’re experiencing a creativity drought, it can be tough to come up with new and innovative ideas. That’s why it’s important to get organized and have a plan for when those times come. 

Organization is key for content creators. Whether you’re a blogger, vlogger, or podcaster, being organized can help you be more creative and productive. That’s why I always make sure to have a content calendar. I map out what topics I want to cover and when. This helps me to stay on track and never feel uninspired or blocked. Trust me, content calendars are a lifesaver! They help to keep you organized and motivated, so you can continue creating content that your audience loves. 

Tip 3: Talk to other content creators.

Creator’s block is a very common issue and talking to other creators who have gone through the same thing can give you some great advice. They will be able to tell you how they overcame their own creative blocks, what methods worked best for them, and what resources they used. This information can be invaluable in helping you overcome your own creative blocks.

Tip 4: Use prompts within your niche. 

As content creators, we sometimes need a little help jump-starting our creativity. That’s where prompts come in! Prompts can be found online or in books, and they can provide the inspiration we need to try something new. Whether we’re feeling blocked or just need a little boost, prompts can help us tap into our creativity and come up with fresh content ideas. So the next time you’re feeling stuck, don’t be afraid to use a prompt within your niche to get the ideas flowing. It just might help you create your best content yet!

Tip 5: Take some time for yourself.

As content creators, we often have to be in “go-mode” in order to meet our own deadlines or deadlines our clients have while still keeping our content fresh. However, this can sometimes lead to us feeling burnt out and uninspired. That’s why it’s important to schedule in some downtime for yourself. Whether it’s taking a few minutes to meditate, going for a walk, or reading your favorite book, taking some time for yourself will help you relax and recharge. And when you’re feeling refreshed, you’ll be able to bring your creativity back to your work and produce content that you’re proud of. So don’t forget to schedule in some “me-time” into your content creation process!

Tip 6: Experiment with new mediums or styles.

If you’re feeling blocked creatively, sometimes all it takes is to experiment with new mediums or styles. Content creators can get inspiration from other creators in our field, but it’s also important to try new things and explore different ways of creating content. If you typically make videos where you’re in front of the camera, try creating a video using animation or illustrations or film B roll and do a voiceover. It’s important to keep your content fresh, and by trying new ways of creating content, you’ll keep yourself feeling creatively inspired while keeping your content fresh and new. The goal is to grow creatively and not get stagnant in your genius zone of creation and flow.

Tip 7: Get outside and explore.

There’s nothing like getting out of your comfort zone to jumpstart your creativity. If you’re stuck in a creative rut and you create content indoors, then get outside, start walking and get your exercise in while you create content and explore a new place. This one is by far my favorite and I always practice what I preach: I take a walk in nature, I will vlog or create content in a park, and I’ll turn on my apple watch and track my exercise while I’m walking around creating. The idea here is to try creating a piece of content in a place you don’t normally film at. Getting out and exploring can help refresh your mind and give you new perspectives that you can bring back to your work. And who knows? You might just find some new inspiration for your next project while you’re at it.

Tip 8: Set simple goals for yourself and stick to them- don’t overwhelm yourself.

Content creators often face the issue of feeling blocked when it comes to inspiration for new content. This happens to the best of us- even I’ve been there! It can be frustrating, especially when you’re under a time crunch. That’s why one of my favorite tips is to set simple goals for yourself and stick to them. When you’re feeling uninspired, it can be tempting to try and come up with a bunch of ideas all at once. But that can actually be overwhelming, and it’s more likely that you’ll get stuck rather than coming up with something brilliant. So instead, start small. Decide on one thing that you want to create, and make that your focus. Once you’ve got that down, you can move on to the next thing. And before you know it, you’ll have a whole slew of content that you’re proud of!

Tip 9: Take care of yourself both physically and mentally.

As content creators, we often put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be creative and inspired. And while there’s nothing wrong with wanting to produce your best work, it’s important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating healthy meals. Find time for things that make you happy outside of work. And if you’re feeling blocked, don’t force it. Sometimes the best ideas come when we least expect them. So give yourself a break, relax, and let the creativity flow.

Tip 10: Doodle, free-write, or brainstorm ideas when you feel stuck.

All of the content creators I know can attest to the feeling of being creatively blocked at some point or another. 

One of the best things to do is to simply start doodling, brainstorming, or free-writing. This can help you to focus and to get the creative juices flowing and can often lead to some great ideas. Brainstorming with a group can also be beneficial as it allows you to bounce ideas off of others. Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration from someone else to get your creative content flowing again. So next time you’re feeling creatively blocked, don’t despair; just pick up a pen and start doodling, drawing, writing down whatever is in your head or creating a mindmap of ideas to brainstorm. Write it down, no matter what it is, and you will find your next idea. 

Tip 11: Check out the internet and use paid and free apps online for ideas.

As content creators, we all know that we will get creatively blocked at some point on our journey. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we can’t seem to come up with anything new and exciting. That’s where the internet comes in! There are so many great sources of inspiration out there, you just have to know where to look. For me, some of my favorite places to go are paid apps like Surfer SEO’s content planner, keyword researcher and content editor, sometimes I’ll combine Surfer SEO with Jasper AI for help coming up with ideas, and I love free sites like Answer The Public or Google Trends to find out what people are searching for answers on in my niche or niches for my clients. So next time you’re feeling creatively blocked, don’t despair – just do a little internet research and you’ll be sure to find some great inspiration!

Tip 12: Watch someone else’s content for a fresh perspective.

There’s nothing worse than feeling creatively blocked. You’re staring at a blank screen or piece of paper, and no matter how hard you try, the ideas just won’t come. If you’re struggling to get your creative thoughts flowing, something you can do is take a break from creating your own content and watch someone else’s content for a while. Watching or reading someone else’s content can give you a much-needed dose of inspiration. Seeing how other content creators approach their work can also help you to come up with new ideas of your own. So if you’re feeling stuck, step away from your own content for a while and see what others are doing. It just might give you the fresh perspective you need to continue on your own content creation journey.

Final Thoughts:

I hope you found these tips helpful. Remember to take some time for yourself, experiment with new mediums or styles, set simple goals and most importantly, take care of yourself physically and mentally. And if you want more ideas on how to be creative and productive, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and like this video. I also post exclusive content that I don’t post to YouTube over on my blog at sarathlete.com. Head on over there to check out more.

Thanks for watching! I’ll see you in the next video.

Creative Co-working

I’m a proponent of exploring new places, having new experiences, meeting new people and learning new things. When I do something new, I grow because I gain new knowledge. I believe growth is movement forward in life. As I’m writing this post, I’m trying something new today—creative co-working.

I stumbled upon a new-to-me podcast called The Unmistakable Creative one year ago. The podcast host has a creative network that runs on an app called Mighty Networks. (Note: I’m a tech-dinosaur, so, if I have my titles or app names wrong, please contact me and let me know. You deserve credit, and you shouldn’t suffer because of my ignorance!)

I joined the Unmistakable Creative network three weeks ago. The network consists of a community of creative people who encourage each other, support each other’s work and ideas, and explore new ideas of how to be more creative. A community manager hosts a co-working group that meets on Saturday mornings with the purpose of doing one hour of creative work. I’ve signed up for this co-working session three times, and I backed out twice. Today, I joined the co-working event.

Here’s the format of the co-working event, in case you’re new to co-working, like me:

  1. Enter the room: I entered the virtual video chat room using the Zoom app via a link posted by the community manager in the Mighty Networks app.
  2. Introductions: At the beginning of the hour, there are introductions. Everyone in the group has a chance to state their name, where they’re from, and what creative project/goal they are going to be working on for that hour.
  3. Co-work: After introductions, the camera goes off, microphones are muted, and everyone starts working on their creative project.
  4. Final check-in: After the hour is over, there is a final check-in and everyone has a chance to state the progress they’ve made on their creative project and how they felt the session went for them.

Before I tried this co-working session, I needed to mediate to calm myself down. I was nervous. Meeting new people is difficult for me. While I was meditating my mind was simmering with questions and doubts:

  • Why am I placing my creative life in the background?
  • Why do I give the stress from my day job permission to be my excuse for putting my creativity in the corner?

Quieting my mind was not happening for me. So, I turned off the meditation app, got my iPad ready for blogging, and I connected to the video chat and used the audio-only option. I don’t look fabulous on Saturday morning!

While people were introducing themselves, I quickly wrote down my name, where I am from, and my creative goal for the hour on a sheet of paper. Writing down my thoughts helps me articulate what I want to express. I recited the words from my sheet of paper when my turn came:

  • My name is Sara.
  • I live in Northwest Indiana.
  • My goal for this hour is to create a blog post for my blog I abandoned 4 years ago.

(I get nervous around people I don’t know. When I get nervous, everything I know or want to say goes out the window, unless I have it written down.)

After the introductions, I wrote for an hour. I enjoyed getting my raw thoughts out of my head in an unedited format. I felt creative, productive, and more confident after my hour was over.

During the final check-in I wrote down and said the following:

  • I loved the experience.
  • I wrote about the co-working experience for my blog post during the hour.

I would publish the post later in the day after I’d had a chance to edit the post.

Some lessons I learned during my experience today:

  • There is a tribe of like-minded, creative people out there. I was letting fear of the unknown stand in my way of finding those people. I am not alone. I had to find the courage to reach out and join the tribe.
  • I accepted myself today. By joining the video chat in audio-only mode, I accepted my fear and knew that’s where I was at this morning. I didn’t let my fear conquer me. Although no one could see me, they could hear what I had to say.
  • I showed up and did the work. Showing up played a crucial key to my success. Showing up to do the work is the hardest step for me.
  • I had a positive experience. Having a positive experience with this group made me want to go back on the next Saturday and keep creating. Negative experiences create negative associations. Today was a positive experience and a positive association with creativity as the result.
  • I am accountable for my actions. I can’t blame anyone else but myself for not doing the creative work. Having a community of people, a tribe, is a helpful resource but it’s just a resource—not a substitute for getting the work done.

If you’re reading this post thinking to yourself, “I’m not creative” and “This post doesn’t apply to me”, then you are wrong. If creative work isn’t your skill, then there must be something else. Celebrate yourself and your skills. I dare you!

The podcast host of The Unmistakable Creative always asks people how they would define what makes someone unmistakably creative? I love that question. I want to know what is your unmistakable skill? I know you have one! Leave me a comment or drop me a line at sarathlete@hotmail.com. I’d love to hear from you! I’d love to connect with you and hear or read what you have to say! I’m an unmistakable listener! No one would mistake me for an unmistakable talker.

Keep moving, exploring, growing and learning!

Sarathlete