Quotes For When You're in a Creative Rut

Creating stuff is HARD. As much as we’d all love our creative energy to flow in one endlessly gushing stream, sometimes all you get is a trickle, a slow drip… or even a completely dry spell. It can be tough to find your groove again and often, it seems like the more you try and force it, the less inspired you end up feeling.

Maybe you’re on the brink of blogger burnout or maybe there’s no specific reason you’re feeling this way at all. No matter what the reason, it happens to all of us from time to time. The next time you feel like you’re in a creative rut, remember to take it easy on yourself with the help of these quotes.

25+ quotes when you’re in a creative rut:

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. – Julia Cameron

Indulge your imagination. – Jane Austen

The reason that art (writing, engaging, and all of it) is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map. – Seth Godin

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things. – Ray Bradbury

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. – James Joyce

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. – Henry David Thoreau

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. – Anne Sexton

Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. – Sylvia Plath

Everything’s already been said, but since nobody was listening, we have to start again. – André Gide

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. – John Maynard Keynes

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent Van Gogh

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. – Elbert Hubbard

Dance first, think later. – Samuel Beckett

The work wants to be made and it wants to be made through you. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. – Pablo Picasso

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. – Marc Chagall

A piece of art is never a finished work. It answers a question which has been asked, and asks a new question. – Robert Engman

When you’ve exhausted all the possibilities, remember this: you haven’t. – Thomas Edison

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. – Joseph Chilton Pearce

Inspiration comes and goes, creativity is the result of practice. – Phil Cousineau

The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art. – Junot Diaz

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing. – Georgia O’Keeffe

Do not fear mistakes—there are none. – Miles Davis

Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever — MAKE. – Joss Whedon

We have this idea that we need to be in the mood to write. We don’t. – Julia Cameron

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