EP. 09 // Crafter's Block + Creative Ruts

As crafty ass females, who love sharing our creativity with world, there's very little more frustrating than sitting down to make something beautiful and coming up with diddly squat! 

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SUMMARY //

Crafter's block + creative ruts are very real, and Amanda + Kristin talk about ones they've experienced, and how they worked through them.

9 TIPS FROM EP. 09 FOR HOW TO COMBAT CRAFTER'S BLOCK //

(1) Do something totally different. Kristin plays video games. Amanda goes dancing. Other activities: gardening, cooking, going for a walk, listening to a podcast, read a book, running.

(2) Talk back to the negative self-talk. Kristin says, "You DO know how to do this. You need to stop psyching yourself out."

(3) Create without judgement. (Yes, easier said than done.) Make what's in you to make, despite feeling like it isn't any good. (see Ira Glass quote HERE ---> )

(4) Limit the supplies you are using to create with. When you get stuck in the 'making' part, step away + create a 'kit' of supplies from your existing stash to reignite motivation.

(5) Prompts + challenges. Participating in these gives you guidelines to follow + a group to pull inspiration from. Knowing the 'rules' allows you to know which ones to break.

(6) Let go of things that aren't working. Let activities that feel like roadblocks turn you toward what's working with better flow for you.

(7) Make for the sake of making + try a different medium.  

(8) Get a crafting buddy! When you get stuck mid-project or lack motivation, being able to contact another creative will give you a second perspective to work with.

(9) Wait it out. Ideas + projects sometimes need time to marinate before they 'click'. 

SHOW NOTES //

Imposter Syndrome
Overwatch
• Liz Gilbert's HOBBY/JOB/CAREER/VOCATION post 
Ira Glass quote on "your taste"
decision fatigue
the lettering trend
Amanda lays alphas like nobody's business
Clique Kits interview
A's Love Notes collection
pineapple paper in It Factor
multipotentialites

IRA GLASS'S QUOTE THAT APPLIES TO THIS EPISODE // 

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

CALL TO ACTION // 

What has been your experience with crafter's block? How often do you get into a creative rut? Which piece of advice from this episode did you find most helpful? // Let us know in the comments section below, or tag @rukristin, @amandarosezamp, & #craftyassfemale on Instagram with your thoughts. // xoxo