Creative Block

7 Tips to Help Overcome Creative Block

Last updated on: 2020

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We all experience a creative block at one time or another, but that doesn’t have to stop you from creating your greatest work. Let’s get you refocused and back get back into your flow!

Here are some tips and techniques to help you overcome creative block:

Creative Block

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Storytelling 

I find I am always inspired after watching movies and TV shows, reading books, or sharing stories with friends and family. Stepping into someone else’s world and immersing yourself in a different perspective can be so mentally liberating and inspiring. It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day and our own individual realities—it’s nice to see things from a different perspective and expand your thinking beyond your familiarity.

Pay Attention To Your Dreams

Our subconscious mind stores a lot of information that our conscious mind doesn’t remember or doesn’t understand. Your dreams are a way of accessing the information in your subconscious, and you may find some powerful insights. I like to keep a notebook and pen by my bed, or sometimes a voice recorder to jot down my dreams which often later become ideas and themes in my writing and art.

Travel & Explore

Traveling, exploring, and experiencing different cultures and environments is one of my favorite ways to open up new avenues of creative possibility. I take cameras, journals, and sketchbooks with me to record the things I see and the things that inspire me on my travels, which I will look back on later for ideas for new projects, paintings, and drawings.

Do The Work

Committing to a consistent daily practice will also help the flow of ideas and lead to new ideas or unexplored avenues of previous ideas. Practicing daily is essential for honing skills and becoming more familiar with a subject, which will ultimately lead to other unexplored aspects of your subject and further ideas. Writing daily in a journal or practicing morning notes can help get all your thoughts and ideas on paper. If you can’t think of anything to write or draw, the simple act of sketching lines or stream of consciousness writing can get the flow going and eventually lead to ideas and motivation to get started or continue work. Keeping a list of writing prompts on hand is also a great way to get started whenever you’re feeling stuck.

Ideation & Brainstorming

Ideation and brainstorming are excellent ways to come up with ideas before starting any project. This can include mind maps, making lists, mood boards, collages, and other exercises to get ideas flowing. Collaborative exercises can be a fun and energizing way to collect new ideas and concepts.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Think about the styles and subjects you’ve never explored before, and try something new. Are there any creative things you’re afraid to try? Embrace your fears and venture out into unknown territory. Trying new hobbies and learning new things can also open up more creative possibilities and expand your toolkit to enrich your work.

Take A Step Back

Sometimes when I’ve been working on a project for long hours, I find it helpful to take a break and come back later with a fresh perspective. Stepping away from work and getting outside, going for a walk, or going to a coffee shop are great ways to refresh and reinvigorate your mind if you’re feeling fatigued or stressed. Get out of your head and notice the environment around you. Pay attention to the people you see, the houses and shops you walk by, and anything else that might catch your eye. I always find inspiration in the natural world, so I notice the trees, plants, animals, and flowers wherever I go and use them as a reference in my work.

Persistence, patience, and keeping an open mind are key to keeping ideas flowing and helping overcome a creative block. Getting out into the world or simply exploring the depths of your imagination, and experiencing new things will refill your cup when it’s empty. Put in the work, but don’t forget to take time off, go easy on yourself, and allow yourself to just be in the moment without expectation or obligation. You might find your biggest inspirations in the quiet, simple moments.

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