You’re not alone. We’ve all experienced a creative block whether we’re writing, painting, designing, or planning for the next big idea. These are a few tips that have always helped me.
Write it down
To keep my creative juices flowing, I write my main ideas in columns. I list everything that comes to mind. Then I circle one word out of each column to make unique combinations. I learned this technique in a drawing class at James Madison University and it has worked for me ever since.
Keep a sketchbook/ journal
You might think you’ll remember a cool idea you saw or an interesting phrase you heard earlier in the day, but chances are you won’t. Keeping track of information in your head is the most important step of creativity. It will help ideas blossom! So write it down. Sketch it out. Get the clutter out of your head and onto the paper where you can use it again. As they say, “Don’t think it, ink it!”
Take a step back
Sitting in front of your computer or easel for what seems like hours and getting nowhere can be nerve racking. Take a break, relax, exercise, move around, look at different sceneries, and come back to your project with a clear head.
Don’t criticize yourself for having a creative block or fall in to the trap of thinking that, “This is it, my creative life is over!”
Theres nothing wrong with a creative block, it’s a natural part of the creative process and it happens to the best of us. It doesn’t determine our creative ability or our prospects or whether we will thrive. It will pass and we will create again!
— Sydney Sheets, Intern, Curren Media Group