The more time I spend trying to tap into my creativity, the more I can see a pattern developing. Inspiration often strikes out of nowhere and I spend weeks creating things. Everything seems to stand out to me: colors, patterns, and details. I take pictures of everything and ideas seem to fly at me out of nowhere.
Then I seem to go through a time of disenchantment with the whole thing. I still appreciate beauty deeply and continue to be inspired, but everything is on a lower level and I find it hard to muster up the will to actually create something myself. I would call it some sort of a "creative rut." It could be days or weeks when I feel like this. It doesn't happen often, but I hate it when it does.
Most of the time something great comes out of this rut. I find that I am ready to learn a new skill, or to change my style a little. When the next season of inspiration comes along I'm ready. I guess you could say that my dissatisfaction can lead to better work in the future.
I'm guessing this is normal for everyone in all creative fields, but I rarely hear it discussed. I'm really curious about how other people deal with their creative lulls.
I would really like to hear from you. Whatever your "craft" is, I'd love to know what your seasons of inspiration are like. I know I ask questions often that may seem rhetorical, but I would actually love to discuss this.
What do you do with your creative lulls? Do you wait them out or try really hard to force yourself to create something in spite of feeling uninspired? Does the down time bother you or have you accepted it as part of the job? Is there anything that works to get you "re-inspired?"
Thanks in advance for being so open!