We’ve All Been There
You Know the feeling where you don’t know what to write about despite the seemingly infinite amount of things you could be writing about? That’s me right now. Today I’ll be talking about feeling creatively spent, even when you still have plenty of ideas. Sorry for the lack of reviews on my part lately too, I guess I just have a lot of discussion lately. With that, let’s get to it.
When I talk about creative bankruptcy I don’t mean it in the way it is typically applied. At least in the reviewing sense, I’m not saying someone has reached a point of copy + paste iteration or unoriginality. Rather, I mean the feeling that you have nothing meaningful to contribute and would have to rely more heavily on more uninspired works that don’t live up to your own standards. Hopefully that wasn’t as confusing but that’s how my mind envisions it.
Last week you may have noticed that I didn’t produce any content personally, it was all my contributor Jacob (who is awesome). During that week I spent a lot of time doing IRL stuff and prepping for a D&D session that I was guest DM’ing. I spent a lot of time creating materials, even going as far as generating rules and tables for things that don’t currently exist in an official form. When it finally came to present my work, I was spent.
As a result, that session was not great. People still had fun but I was feeling creatively bankrupt. So what’s my point? Despite my wealth of ideas when I sat down to get started, when it finally came down to it, I was somewhat at a loss. If I had prepared so heavily, I have no doubt that the session would have been a huge flop rather than a lukewarm success.
To shift this back to blogging, I often have really great ideas or grandiose works I want to do, but I don’t always know where to start (or how). Let’s look at an example, I could talk about a huge number of things. Just looking around at my room I could pick out any board game, anime, or video game and get to work but I don’t know the first thing I’d want to say about a majority of the things around me.
This isn’t to say I never do this, because I totally do, but I have to have a bout of inspiration to do so. Right now, I’m feeling a distinct lack of creativity. If I were to create anything right now it would be dry and meaningless. Alternatively, I could lean on “easy” articles that are low-effort but aren’t exactly what I want to create.
At the same time, I need to consider my audience. I can’t just write nothing or what I want to write about specifically all the time. There has to be a balance, just like with everything else. So this article is a compromise of sorts. Hopefully it can promote some discussion or offer some insight for somebody. Really though, I just don’t know what to write about and I’m totally spent creatively speaking.
How about you? Do you find yourself at wit’s end to come up with topics for your site or do things come pretty easily? What are some strategies you employ to keep your creative flow going? Discuss and share your thoughts in the comments below. As for me, I’ll have an ABC vote go up later this week but otherwise I’ll be taking the time to enjoy the discussion here and get my mojo back for next week. As always, thanks for reading and I hope to see you back here at Jon Spencer Reviews again soon!