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It’s time to kick off Ask Me Anything August with our first Ask Lauren question. If you missed it, this month I will be addressing questions sent in by all of you lovely readers! It’s not too late to get on board. If you have a question that you’d like me to answer, leave it in the comments below. This week I’m answering: How do you get out of a creative slump?

The only thing worse than being in a creative slump is the time that it usually presents itself. You can be bursting with ideas, but there’s nothing like the stress of a deadline to make you draw a blank. There’s something about forced creativity that I have always struggled with. I have dealt with this while working on every one of my books and it can be very tricky. Here are a few things that I have found helpful while working on different projects…

Make A Plan

Schedule out your time so that you aren’t tapping your pencil on a blank piece of paper at 11pm the night before a deadline. Make checklists and give yourself mini deadlines to stay on track. Not only will you feel more productive but you’ll also find your work coming together.

Take A Hike

One of the most effective ways to get your mind working is to get a little fresh air and exercise. I get some of my best ideas while hiking. The next time you feel like your creativity is running low, plan an outing to your blood moving. Just don’t forget a pen and paper (or a phone) to write them down!

Get Inspired

Sometimes work just becomes…well work. Remember to have fun when working on creative projects. Pick up a book, watch a movie or do a little research online. Do whatever you need to do to get inspired again.

Do… Anything Else

Sometimes our minds just need to take a little break. Trying to force creativity can sometimes be counterproductive. Stand up every once in a while and find something else to do. Walk away from what you are doing and try and clear your mind.

Do you have any tips for getting out of a creative slump?

I’d love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments!

XO Lauren

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