What I Do When Inspiration Is Low

Often, the hardest part about writing newsletters and blog posts is having something to write about. I’ve been staring at this screen for quite a while now, and for this entire week I’ve been mulling over what to write about!

That makes for a great start to my brand relaunch, huh?

There are moments when I’m hit by inspiration and it’s enough to fuel me for a few weeks, which feels amazing. But more often than not, I feel like my head is an empty shell—nothing is coming to mind!

Fun fact: if you were to ask me, “Hey Frenchie, what design ideas do you have in mind?” I would probably just give you a blank stare. [Read More Link]

Coming up with an idea is hard for me. Thankfully, I’m good at executing tasks, and making whatever idea I have a reality, but it’s just that first step for me that is really difficult—coming up with an idea in the first place.

As a knitwear designer, I had to learn quickly how to kick-start the creative juices, because I work a lot with yarn makers and dyers. I can’t let myself spend an entire month rolling around on the floor pulling my hair out, waiting for an idea to come to me. I have to go out and look for it—I’m on a deadline!

I like to play simple games to get my mind going, such as word association games. I’ll look at the yarn, taking note of the color, weight, fiber content, and then write down any associated words that come to mind, even if it’s just one word. For example, I’m working with a lovely DK weight cashmere yarn, in a gorgeous purple colorway, from mYak (no, not a typo) yarns and it immediately screamed to me: TEXTURE!

Even if it’s just one word, that’s enough for me to start creating a design piece. Textured stitches? I have some stitch dictionaries that I can leaf through to see what pops up.

So what do you do when your inspiration is low?