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Getting out of a slump

Tips: 0.25 INK Postby ColeMaibara on Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:10 am

I'm currently in a very tight spot (mentally) constantly bashing myself, my writing, my work, and everything I do. I don't feel confident or very experienced in my passions (writing, tabletop gaming, video gaming) and it ends up making me feel empty inside, like even the things I like and want to do end up crumbling and failing before my eyes.

Is there any recommendations people could give that could help get me out of this mindset? Tips and tricks?

- J

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Re: Getting out of a slump

Tips: 0.25 INK Postby Crichton on Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:00 am

Speaking as someone who suffers from some severe mental illnesses (fingerguns.jpg), I'm very familiar with the mindset. Unfortunately, I don't think there's a good clear-cut recipe for getting out, as it's going to be quite subjective depending on the person.

Most importantly, tell yourself it's okay to not be the best. Often when artists feel as though their work isn't good enough, what they're actually doing is comparing themselves to others- be that consciously or subconsciously. My best recommendation is to give yourself a break, take a step back and try to reconnect with what made these things enjoyable to you in the first place.

Play a game you haven't played in a while or look at some old stories you've written. If you're a GM, perhaps try being a player for a while. If you're a player, perhaps it's time to consider doing something new with your character.

Sometimes the reason for these feelings is that you're trying to do too many things at the same time. Sometimes it's because you've been doing the same things for so long they start to look too familiar (which a lot of artists take as a bad thing). And sometimes, it just happens, and you just need some time to figure stuff out.

Sorry I can't be more helpful, but I thought it'd at least help you to know that you're not alone.

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Re: Getting out of a slump

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Re: Getting out of a slump

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby ColeMaibara on Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:21 pm

dealing with it wrote:Detecting Depression


Pretty much guaranteed to have this, among other things.

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Re: Getting out of a slump

Tips: 0.25 INK Postby serenitykmoon on Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:55 pm

Hey there! As a professional writer who goes through bouts of severe depression that heavily impacts my ability to write, these are my tips and tricks to sliding out!

1. Take a break. It's okay to do that. Seriously. You do not HAVE to write that post right now. You don't have to beat that level. You can take a break!

2. Read! Reading is what we use, to get better. Reading allows us to get new ideas, to get a better feel for how to convey characters, descriptions etc.

3. Play a super basic, super easy game that challenges you next to none. Let yourself just glide through it. Don't over think it, just relax. Even if its just solitaire!

4. Make a playlist. Something relaxing or upbeat. Something that you turn on when you're ready to sit down and write! Let it encourage you.

5. Remember that the only way you will get better, is to practice. Whether it's writing something for yourself, or it's just idly approaching in roleplays like the MV! Take it slow and easy!

You are good enough, and you will get better. I read a post from my old, old account today. And I cringed. Like, oh my gosh it was SO BAD. If only 17 year old me knew what I was capable of! You can do it.

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Re: Getting out of a slump

Tips: 0.25 INK Postby SofiUnnie on Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:26 pm

I know this topic way too well! And it is never easy to come out of it either, but all I can say is to understand, when you are pushing yourself down and tell yourself to stop hitting yourself mentally - I know it isn't easy thing to do, but I have found that it can actually help.

Plus keeping yourself busy helps you maintaining the balance and control over yourself and the mental side trying to attempt basically murder on you.

If you wanna talk about it, you are free to message me! I myself have been in this slump for a month or two myself lately. But I am here for you! :3

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