There’s a line in Pitch Perfect 2 where Beca, in a phone message to her boyfriend, says, “So you may not be able to hear this message because apparently I have nothing to say. Which is music speak for “I suck.”
So, in writing and photography terms you may not be able to read this post because apparently I have nothing to say. Which is writing speak for ‘I suck’.
I often get inspiration for an Instagram picture, a blog post, or a section of my book, as I’m walking around the field. It might be the particular colour of the sycamore leaf bud or a smell, or a reminder of what is to come later in the year. I can see in my mind how I want my photograph to look – I often sketch it out on the notes function of my phone so I don’t forget it. Or I write it hastily in the notes function. Sometimes, if my hands are mucky, I speak it using the speech recognition thingy.
But this hasn’t happened to me for weeks. And I’m a bit worried that that is all I had. That’s me, done.
I’ve never seen myself as creative until recently but now? Nah – I’m empty. Devoid of creative thought. Or vision.
I’m simply not inspired. By anything.
Which makes me think a) I truly do suck. Or b) it’s time to refill that creative well.
I don’t want to take time off work so how do I refill my creativity?
I think, for me, it’ll be a case of reading books and magazines. Looking at the photography, the words, the topics. Seeking out new people to follow on Instagram or Pinterest. Opening my eyes and truly looking.
Does this happen to you? I’m really intrigued. If so, how do you come out the other side?