Destroying Creative Block
No. This sentence doesn’t sound right. That illustration looks a bit off. This sound clip feels a bit awkward. It could be a lot better.
“Where’d that creative flow wander off to?” you wonder. Yeah, happens to all of us and probably more often than any of us would like to admit. Sometimes creative block is fleeting lasting for a few hours, and sometimes is settles into your being, making you wonder if you’re actually a creative person. In those times it’s important to remember that yes, you are an amazing, creative, unique person who’s just in a tight spot.
Here’s how we deal with the feeling of creative block.
“...create with no inspiration because the longer you wait for it, the more time you lose to inaction.”
Identify Your Block
Although creative block seems like it’s one giant, ugly monster that weighs you down, according to 99U, there are a few different kinds of block. 7 kinds actually, and there are specific causes and suggested solutions so check it out. But for all of them, we’ve drawn out the commonalities from each, offering broader solutions that could be applicable to multiple kinds of block. So first and foremost, define your kind of creative block.
Body and Mind
So you’ve figured out what the problem is, or maybe none of those kinds of blocks are something you’re experiencing. Either way, your well being, both mental and physical has an enormous impact on how you think outside the box. You know that groggy feeling after a night of maybe one too many drinks, or after a week full of late nights finally catches up to you? There’s a haze of mental unclarity, stemming from something physical, whether it’s not substantial enough nutrition or too little sleep, or something else entirely. Although it was the step before, it’s important to identify all of the possible causes of staunched creativity throughout the entire ‘unsticking’ process.
Uhh, what? Contradictory to what any creative will tell you anywhere, sometimes you have to work without inspiration or passion; obviously not because you want to but because it seems like that well dried up leaving you creatively parched. Waiting for inspiration is a dangerous game that fuels your creative block because you end up putting off work, falling behind, and often times feeling overwhelmed by the massive to-do list. Write with no inspiration. Design with no inspiration. Illustrate, paint, photograph, and create with no inspiration because the longer you wait for it, the more time you lose to inaction. When you’re feeling uninspired and unmotivated, work. through. it. An awesome way to push yourself through all of those creative low points is to establish a routine.
When everything seems a bit too chaotic, routines are the solid foundation that you can always fall back on. They’re a time where you know you have to sit down and do something; take care of some busy work, read, or in this case, flex your creative muscles. A scheduled time for creativity can help you work through your block by forcing you to do something, anything, that is creative. It’s in times like this where you work hard, even though you don’t feel like it. Putting off working through your creative block also just makes it harder to get over it when you finally decide to tackle that beast. It’s like wanting to shed a few pounds without going to the gym. If you just do it, the results you’re looking for will come to you way faster than if you did nothing at all. Sure the first time or two or three will suck; being creative when you feel like you can’t is incredibly frustrating, but by forcing yourself to push through it, you’ll get to where you need to go sooner rather than later.
Whatever it is that you’re going through, keep going, keep doing. You’ve got this.