Lately, I’ve been writing quite a bit – some weeks busting out three articles a week for Advertising Week and the Examiner – and yet, I’ve ignored this blog. I’m sorry, friends.
To start making up for it, I’ll give you a couple quality posts this coming month; I promise. If you’d like me to address something specific about moving up in your career, creating work-life balance, or something else creative career related, please leave a comment below (or e-mail me privately at email@example.com).
In the meantime, check out the fun list I created for an article on inspiration. These are life experience-type ideas that don’t take as much time or commitment as the usual examples of traveling, skydiving, learning a language or taking an art class. Give some of these a try (or let them inspire you to create your own list) that you can pull from when you hit a creative block:
- Watch a foreign film (with or without the subtitles)
- Hang out in a store you’d be embarrassed to be caught in
- Crash a party or happy hour (You get extra points if it’s an industry-specific event for an industry you know little about. Hint: These are constantly taking place in hotel ballrooms.)
- Search for the perfect gift for the weirdest person you know (and who isn’t a close friend)
- Learn to fix something mechanical (e.g., old clock, typewriter, motor)
- Eat at a foreign restaurant where you know nothing about the type of food
- Attend an open mic or beat poetry night
- Go to the most bizarre niche MeetUp group event you can find
- Get to know festival/carnival/fair workers and their stories (Yes, befriending carnies will inspire you. Trust my experience.)
- Volunteer at a food bank
- Spend time in a musical instrument store (if you don’t usually)
- Play with Mad Libs
Read the full article on ways to get unstuck creatively, if you’d like. If you do, you’ll learn about my “carny days.”
Remember to leave a comment (or e-mail me directly) if you have something you’d like this blog to answer for you. What would you like help with?