3 Weird Things I Do to Stay Inspired Every Day

Ev Chapman
May 26, 2024
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One weird habit has kept me consistently writing for the past four years.

Before I was known as Ev Chapman, Prolific Creator. I was Ev Chapman, Wannabe creator.

I spent 10 years starting all sorts of creative projects only to have them fizzle out after a few months. The longest project I ever kept up was my vlog which I did for a whole year (you can still go and watch the old ones on my Youtube channel!).

So what changed? I changed how I thought about creative work.

Rather than trying to work on the things I thought I *should* work on. I decided only to work on things that sparked me.

I don't try and push through to get something published that I'm not excited about. I switch gears if things feel forced and I completely abandon some ideas that just don't do it for me anymore.

It's not about being undisciplined. I'm very disciplined. I sit down and write everyday.

It's about creating an environment where writing feels easy & fun - the more we do that the more our brains associate it as being easy & fun (& when things are easy and fun our brain wants to do more of it).

One of the things I do to make sure my writing environment always feels easy is have a toolbox of things that I can turn to when I feel uninspired.

So that way rather than just giving up and doing nothing. I have some tricks in the bag to get my creative spirit stoked again.

Here Are Three Tricks I Use To Get Sparked(Even On The Most Uninspired Days)

1. Walk Away

Like literally walk. I lace up my shoes and just start walking. Walking clears my head, and paves the way for ideas like no other activity.

The more creative people I meet, the more I realise this is an absolute hack to get creativity flowing again.

I have a few different strategies when I walk.

  • Walk in silence. No headphones, no music, no podcasts. Just embrace the silence & see what comes up for you (seriously, try this if you haven't before, it's magic).
  • Put a podcast on. Quite often I'll put one of my favourite podcasts on & start walking. Innevitebly creative ideas start to flow (I capture them all in my Tana Capture app via voice notes).
  • Take my ideas with me. I'll bring up a couple of my most recent ideas on my phone, read them & then go out for a walk. My mind starts mulling over them & before I know it ideas are flowing.

There really is something about moving our bodies that gets our brains working.

2. Choose Something Else To Write

I had something else planned to write for this newsletter today. But it just wasn't sparking for me this week. So I went back into my ideas list & found this draft - and something about it sparked me.

Within half an hour it was ready to go. I could have pushed through for hours trying to write that other thing that didn't spark. But instead I chose to follow my creative spirit.

The point is - keep a few ideas on the go, so you can shift gears if you need. It doesn't mean I won't write about my other idea later. Next week it might spark me again & the idea will just flow.

You just have to find the right timing for your ideas.

3. Open My Spark Inbox

My Spark Inbox is where I keep all the notes from things I'm reading & consuming. It's literally a pandora's box for me (except good things come out instead of bad!).

It is full of things that have sparked me while reading. So on the days I feel utterly uninspired I reach in and just start to fish around for something to write about.

It's always guaranteed to spark something.

Having a toolbox of things that bring you creative inspiration is like a cheatcode to getting into creative flow. You're toolbox might look different to mine. The key is to have other things that help spark you again.

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Whenever you're ready to turn your unique personal knowledge into powerful ideas - here are three ways I can help:

  1. Want to get Sparked like this each week? Sign up to my weekly newsletter - The Spark Newsletter where I deliver one actionable tip every Sunday to help you bring your ideas to life & share them with the world.
  2. Want a toolbox of ways you can get sparked? You might want to check out my ​Spark Toolkit​. With over 130+ different prompts & ideas it won't be long before your creative spirit gets turned on.
  3. If you want to learn how I turn information into ideas you can share with the world then check out my ​Atomic Ideas Masterclass​.

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