When you lose your Muse and Can't Connect Creatively

Leaning in to the discomfort of Creative uncertainty

Sometimes the creative process can be challenging. I posted a question on Instagram the other night asking if people often lost their original motivation. The responses were fascinating. I soon realised I wasn’t alone in this feeling. It turns out it is all part of the creative process. Many of you were currently struggling for various reasons to find your purpose. Some of you had felt uncertain about the quality of your work.

Like anything, photography involves a cycle of ups and downs. You can have a constant flow of inspirational ideas with beautiful images. And then suddenly everything you shoot is either out of focus, poorly composed or nothing as you imaged. It is a feeling that can consume you with self-doubt. Everything you thought you knew about your potential sends you into doubt. It can be a dark, lonely and frustrating place. 

But remember you are not alone in this. Most creative people have struggled with a level of insecurity in their lives. We tend to be our own harshest critics.

When I begin to feel this way, I tend to book a ticket to travel somewhere, anywhere. However, I have also come to realise I use it as an escape. A way to avoid things I don’t want to face. I had spent thousands of dollars on equipment, and nothing is coming together as expected. When you feel like this, it can be an excellent time to get out and shoot with other like-minded photographers or book a workshop to learn some new techniques or skills.

Ultimately like most things in my life, I am incredibly self-deprecating. I have never been ever proud or satisfied with my achievements. I think we can often create a dialogue that requires an unattainable level of perfection. It is essential to have people in our life who support our passions. To combat this, I found learning more about other creative individuals stories, and struggles make you realise how common it is to lose focus and passion for creating. I find creating a mood board on Pinterest with fresh colour palettes, travel destinations and new techniques can help.

At times we can all be hard on ourselves. Surrounding yourself with people who encourage you, offer constructive feedback and support you creatively is essential in helping you through times when the motivation isn’t there. So many of you mentioned this is an on-going process, which sets you up for further creative growth. The Muse will back be patient and learn to sit with the lack of inspiration because something will develop when you are ready to pick up that camera again