If you're an artist or have ever been in a situation where you need to think creatively, you may have experienced creative block. It is hard to summon creativity whenever your client/reader/lecturer demands it of you and, in a way, it completely squashes the notion of spontaneity and the '*va-va-voom*' of your creative spirit. You may find yourself running in circles with a trillion ideas going on in your head with no place to focus this confused energy into, or you may just be completely... stumped.
This post will attempt to help you (and me) to motivate those creative energies to focus on a project or simply to find those lost little neurons (creativity? Where art thou..?) and use the creativity that you know you've got.
Here are 5 things that I can suggest:
1. Firstly, everyone is different, so try and find something that works for you.
It is interesting to read other people's stories on how they combat creative
block. Here is an interesting perspective from a website that involves
2. Being over-stressed can cause a complete blockage of thoughts and creativity.
Take a break. A small amount of time off where you do something completely
different to the project that you are working on can do you the world of good.
You might come back and look at the project with brand new eyes.
3. For the brainstorming part of things, looking at other artists or pictures may
give you some inspiration. Also think, "what is my intention?". For instance,
you might want to send a message or make a statement in your artwork.
Think of visual things that symbolise what you are trying to say and investigate
the topic. Make sketches or take photographs and work from those to form
4. If you think you are over thinking things (this is often my problem), try to get
away from all the thinking and dive into the doing part of the creative project.
Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Just start and then work from there.
5. Listen to music. Music is often the birthplace of creativity. My favourite music
to listen to, that inspires creativity, is The Beatles :o) However, you might find
that classical music or another genre works better.
I'm looking forward to your thoughts, comments and stories about struggles/triumphs over creative block.
Have a great week!