Creative Inspiration And Emotional Connection

2015 Artwork Connection and inspiration article sketch

Well, since I’m in a fairly uninspired mood at the moment, I thought that I’d write another article about inspiration (and getting inspired), in the hope that it’s useful to you… and possibly me too.

Anyway, a while before I wrote this article, I was feeling uninspired and unenthusiastic about creating anything. So, instead, I ended up procrastinating and surfing the internet randomly. But, to my surprise, the websites I found actually taught me something about getting inspired again – in a completely unintentional way.

(I’m going to have to start by talking about my emotions for the next few paragraphs – I hope that this doesn’t get too depressing and I hope that the reason why I’m talking about this stuff will become clear later in the article.)

Anyway, the first thing I read was an editorial/opinion article on a news website. I won’t go into too much detail, but it was an article that somehow clearly laid out many of my older fears and some of my current ones – with regard to the subject of honest self-expression (and why I daren’t really do anywhere near enough of it in real life). It was also about how society plays a strong role in creating these fears too.

Although the article was about America and American society (where things are much worse than in Britain, with regard to this subject) – for all the progress Britain has made when it comes to giving some types of people the right to express themselves honestly, this place isn’t exactly a utopia.

Normally, this sort of article would either make me freak out and stop reading, or it would just make me feel too miserable to keep reading. But, somehow, seeing a list of many of my own fears in a news article on a major website helped me feel more connected with the world.

It was like I read something that actually made sense to me on a very deep emotional level. It felt like the article had actually been written for me. It was the first online editorial I’d read for a long time that made me think “Yes! Tell it like it is!“.

The second thing I ended up looking at randomly when I was feeling uninspired was one of my many favourite gaming-related channels on Youtube.

This was a Youtube channel I discovered a few months ago called “YOGSCAST Hannah“. Although most of the games featured on it are too modern to run on my computer, I really like the sarcastic commentary, the conversations with guest presenters and the general “atmosphere” of the channel (this is about the best way I can describe this).

Anyway, I realised that to create a really cool Youtube channel like this, you’d have to feel really connected to the games that you played. You’d have to be enthusiastic and interested in both games and gaming. You’d have to care about games enough to make an entire Youtube channel that is dedicated to them.

Looking at both the editorial article and these Youtube channels made me think about the subject of connection and inspiration. You see, one of the main things that happens to me when I’m feeling uninspired is that I don’t really feel much of a connection to my own creative work.

When I’m uninspired, I make paintings and write daily articles because that’s just part of my daily routine. I make paintings and write articles because I don’t want to let my audience down. I make paintings and write articles because I’m worried about getting out of practice and losing interest in art and writing.

Basically, I still make paintings and write articles when I’m uninspired – but I often do it for all of the wrong reasons. In other words, I feel almost totally disconnected from the things that I’m creating. And, as a result, most of the stuff I produce when I’m uninspired ends up being fairly crappy.

So, I guess that one of the best ways to get inspired again is to find a way to feel connected with your creative work again. To make things that resonate with you on an emotional level. If you manage to do this, then you probably won’t feel uninspired any more.

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Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂