The Creative Block

A creative block can be a horribly frustrating and difficult obstacle to overcome, it can be described as a person’s inability to access ones inner creativity. Whether you are a writer, a fine artists, a designer or a musician a creative block could effect you at any point in you personal works or professional career. Here are just a few tips to hopefully help you get over that creative block hump.

Find inspiration

When a creative block strikes the first port of call should be to get some epic inspiration. It doesn’t have to be directly related to the work you are doing it just needs to get the creative juices flowing. Go to an art gallery and check out the local talent, go online and see what other creative are doing in your field, maybe its a poem your trying to finish or a graphic piece that just won’t come together.

I am inspired by anything beautiful. Sometime it's a pair of eyes or flowing gorgeous hair, other times it's the sky or a sunset. I've been inspired by supple skin or the texture of a soft shirt. Nadine Velazquez

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Write down the problem

Naturally, when we have a problem we automatically turn to our inside voice to try to solve it. This can often make things difficult in many ways. For one it means your thoughts can become jumbled and scatty, you will jump from one idea to the next before really considering any thoughts of real value. This means that the more your think inside your head, the further away from the original problem you get. By writing down the problem and trying to solve it like an equation you can create a road map step by step which will naturally evolve a solution.

"The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill."

- Albert Einstein

write down problem

Go for a walk

Sitting at your desk, on the sofa, or in a warm stuffy office for a long period of time is all it takes to kill that creative streak. Going for a walk or even just changing your surrounding for a short period of time is enough to combat this problem. Another reason a walk is a good ideas is the physical benefit for the mind and body. Scientific America states…

"Part of the reason exercise enhances cognition has to do with blood flow. Research shows that when we exercise, blood pressure and blood flow increase everywhere in the body, including the brain. More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain perform better."

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-do-you-think-better-after-walk-exercise/

So next time you feel a creative block coming on get up, get active and break the block!

release creativity with a walk

Talk to a friend

Getting stuck in your own head in the worst thing to get you in that creative block. Talking to a friend or friends about what's stopping you in your tracks can be just what you need to work through the problem. A new insight or even just talking to someone who knows nothing about the project will bring a new perspective and potentially a new solution.

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much"

- Helen Keller

get creative by talking to a friend

Sleep on it

Consciously and constantly struggling with creative problems can often be the worst way for many people to come up with a solution. This constant though process can often produce the same difficulties over and over again with no sound solution. Sleeping or even just taking your mind of the problem at hand may seem unconventional but it is often the best way to get out of that creative block.

An article by the telegraph explains the science on solving problem with sleep… Psychologist Maarten Bos, who led the research at Radboud University, said the experiments proved that forgetting about a decision often produced the best results, especially if it involved a complicated issue.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/8100566/Sleeping-on-a-problem-is-best-way-to-solve-it-say-scientists.html

So get some sun eye, and break the block with some subconscious thinking!

"Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn."

- Mahatma Gandhi

take a creative nap

Back to the drawing board

Its often very easy to get stuck in old habits, when you have a certain way of working of a style that works for you, it often becomes your go to way of working, creative thinking can work in a similar way. We often use out past experience to dictate what we will create next, which is a natural progression, but this can evoke a creative plateau. To combat this you can need to find a way to come up with new and inventive ideas. You can do this by learning something new, or just re learning something you already know. You can go right back to thinking like a beginner, experiment with things you have never experienced before and study others work to find a style you love that may inspire your own. Reinventing yourself and learning again is a fantastic way to power through a creative block.

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

back to the creative drawing board

Relax, don’t beat yourself up!

The key to being creative is to solve problems, whether it be a client brief for a website design or a personal project that expresses your deepest emotion, it all stems from thinking through the ways in which to express this in any medium. This means that being creative can often become difficult and challenging, but this is ok. Everyone at one time or another has hit a creative block, but don’t beat yourself up, all this means is that you are challenging yourself and becoming a more creative and efficient thinker.

"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."

- Kurt Vonnegut

relaxing to get creative

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