I’ve never met a creator or writer who doesn’t, at some point, experience stagnation when faced with a blank page.
Maybe it’s the cursor blinking, tauntingly, on the blank screen, a fresh page in a journal while you hold your pen in hand, or a blank canvas that stares back at you as you hold your brush.
The ideas you’ve cultivated are right there at the tip of your tongue or the tips of your fingers, and then …
It’s like the words won’t come out. The painting won’t form. The drawing doesn’t appear.
It’s right there.
You can feel it.
You had it a moment ago:
The ideas running through your mind so quickly that you were racing to keep up with them.
The vision of what you wanted to put on the paper or canvas.
You primed yourself for creating. You showed up. Where’s the muse to help you now?
In this space, trying harder won’t help. You can’t chase the muse.
When you feel stuck, when the ideas suddenly stop moving through you, when flow doesn’t materialize, you must create it.
The easiest and most simple way to find your flow is to move.
Put down the pen or the brush, step away from the keyboard, and move your body.
The type of movement you do here matters.
The best way to find flow is to do something that involves repetitive motion and isn’t too cognitively taxing.
Walking. Running. Swimming. A rowing machine. Cat/cows or sun salutations.
Anything that moves your body in a repeatable, sustainable rhythm.
Find your physical flow and the creative flow will return.