10 Ways To Get Over A Creative Block

10 Ways To Get Over A Creative Block

Everyone experiences a creative block at some point. They can be frustrating and sometimes seem impossible to overcome. Here are a few things to try to help you get over that block and get back to creating!

 

Write about it. Create an image of your block.

Sometimes you just need to release whatever is clogging you up. Write about what is keeping you from writing. Create a picture of your block. Hopefully it will allow those creative juices to flow where you need them too.

Alter your routine

Perhaps the time that used to be so perfect for you to create is no longer working for you. Maybe working with the television on or the computer nearby is now a distraction. Switch your routine up a bit. Use a pencil instead of a pen. Drink iced coffee instead of hot coffee. Take a walk before you create instead of after. Never hurts to try. It could be exactly what you need.

“Fix” someone else’s project

Have you ever seen something or read something and could begin to list all the things “wrong” with it? Take that project and fix it the way you would have done it. Use your gut reaction to the piece. That may get your creative juices flowing on your own projects.

Lock your fear in the closet

Don’t let fear block your creativity. Let go of your fears. Nothing has to be perfect. You can always edit and make adjustments later. You don’t have to share all your creativity with everyone or anyone but yourself. Whatever your fear is it needs to be locked in a closet or tied to a chair. You have to push past your fears and step out of your comfort zone if you want to have free-flowing creativity.

Use other creativity as a stepping stool

Go out and experience what other creatives are doing. Read a book. Watch a movie. Go check out some art. Listen to new music. Allow yourself to absorb the creative vibes. Then go and see what you can create afterwards. Don’t try to copy what you saw, heard, or read. Simply let the creative vibes move you to create. What did that creativity inspire you to create?

Meditate

Take some quiet time to clear your mind. If you can’t clear your mind fully, do your best to focus on one thing. It doesn’t have to be related to your creativity. Focus on an image or a thing. Allow yourself to get rid of the clutter in your mind that may be contributing to your creative block. You may want to try to meditate for a short period of time before each creative session. See how that helps.

Switch your method of expressing your creativity

If you are a writer maybe you should try drawing. If you are a visual artist you could try writing. If you write music give poetry a shot. Take photographs. Try to create in a different format. Take a class. Watch a YouTube video. Learn a new way to express your creativity. You may not be the greatest at it but you are being creative and it can be an outlet until you get back into the swing of things with your primary form of creativity. It will be fun.

Commune with other creatives

You may just need to experience the energy that is in the air when several creative minds get together. You don’t have to be actively creating. You all could just be drinking coffee or having a glass of wine. Creativity is still in the air. Absorb the feelings. Enjoy yourself. Try to do it on a regular basis. See how it affects you.

Get back to basics and use prompts

Sometimes you have to go back to the beginning. Use prompts. Use exercises. Paint a still life picture. Getting back to the basics of your craft can sometimes give you the boost you need. You could be overthinking things. Embrace simplicity for a little while. Use prompts that spell things out for you. The exercise may do you some good.

Live a little and come back to it later

Sometimes you just have to put it down and walk away. Living life is sometimes the greatest way to boost your creativity. Experience may be the best thing to help you climb over the creative block. You may just be trying too hard. Go out and live other aspects of your life. Then come back to it.

 

 

 

Creativity Sundays: That Good Morning Creativity

That Good Morning Creativity

 

For the next week, you should keep a notebook, sketchbook, or journal by your bed. As soon as you wake up in the morning you should put something in it. Spend at least five minutes writing or sketching your thoughts. The more time you can spend the better.

Do your best to let your inner editor sleep and allow your creativity to flow freely.

Don’t get hung up on working on any specific project. Do what comes to your mind in that particular moment. Clear your mind onto the page if necessary.

Remember not to worry about edits. This is about quantity, not quality. If you get something really good going still continue to let you inner editor chill until you pursue it.

 

At the end of the week look back and think about how this exercise has helped your creativity. Is it something that you want to continue doing?

Creativity Sundays – National Book Lovers Day

Happy Book Lovers Day!

 

What is your favorite book?

What is the first book you remember falling in love with?

What books inspire you to create?

We need to feed our creative soul in order to continue to tap into it. Reading is a wonderful way to do it. Make sure that you are taking time out to feed your mind and soul by reading something as often as possible.

Creativity Sundays – Make time!

Do you make time to be creative?

Often times we get caught up in our lives. We can begin to run on auto-pilot. This can lead to not having enough time to really relax and get creative.

Make time each week to sit and focus on your creativity. You want to be able to sustain the habit so make sure you pick a time that will work long term. Or you could switch it up each week given changes in your schedule. Just make sure that you are giving an hour or more to your creativity.

The other key is to not spend this time forcing yourself to work on anything specific. This should be a time where you can really relax and not worry about deadlines or restrictions. This is time to simply be the time where you express yourself freely.

Try it out and notice how your creativity and overall life changes.

No Fear Creativity Challenge – Final Day… or is it?

Take a look back on all that you have created this month.

How have you stepped outside of your comfort zone? How have you tried new things? Where did you take risks?

It doesn’t have to stop here. Continue to take risks in your creativity. It doesn’t have to be perfect. This is primarily about the process.

Surprise yourself.

If you keep doing the same thing the same way you will keep getting the same results.

Dip your feet in the pool outside of your comfort zone if only to see if the water is nice.

You’ll never know until you try.

No Fear Creativity – Day 15 Check In

We are at the halfway mark!

Are you doing something every day to step outside of your creative comfort zone?

Are you challenging yourself to try something new?

Have you surprised yourself?

Remember, don’t hold back. Put your all into your creativity. Expand beyond as many perceived limitations as you can. Find new ways to do things. Discover things about yourself and your creativity.

You never know if something is uncomfortable until you try it. Don’t be afraid to give it a try to see. Then take a step back to look what comes from it. It may not be as uncomfortable as you think it will be. The product of that creativity may just be amazing.

Don’t make excuses. Make magic!

No Fear Creativity Challenge – Day 7 Check In

We are seven days into the challenge.

How are things going?

Are you stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something new with your creativity?

Are you trying things that you were/are afraid to try?

Make sure that you are silencing your inner critic. This is an exercise in tackling your fears and trying something new. You don’t have to share the product of this exercise with anyone if  you don’t want to.

Take a deep breath and let go of the finished product. Let go of any hangups that you may have when it comes to creativity.

Flex those creative muscles!

Hello June! No Fear Creativity Challenge

Hello June

 

In the month of June make a daily effort to face your creative fears. Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. Take your creativity in a direction that you may have thought was out of your reach.

Why?

Because sometimes you don’t know how long your arms are until you try to reach for something you thought was too far away.

Take some risks. Write that memoir. Write the essay that has been on your mind for a long time. Write the poems you have been afraid to write. Try a different art medium. Take the pictures you have dreamed of taking. Try a new art form. Challenge yourself to journal, draw, or blog every day. Write the lyrics that you haven’t written for fear no one would get it. Start that novel that you’ve always wanted to write and work on it every day. Create a character that challenges and even scares you.

Don’t let fear keep you in your comfort zone.

No one has to see what you are working on but you. You are accountable to yourself. Prove to yourself that fear is not going to stop you from taking your creativity to the next level.

Ready…

Set…

CREATE!

Happy April! A perfect time to get creative!

hello april

 

It is National Poetry Month!

It is Spring Camp NaNoWriMo time!

It is National Jazz Appreciation Month!

It is National Inventor’s Month!

It is National Humor Month!

 

I believe that means it is a perfect month to exercise your creativity. Take each day to do something creative. Write a poem. Work on a story or a novel. Work on a painting. Draw a picture. Take a picture. Write a blog post and/or essay.

Shower April in creativity!

You’ve got 30 wonderful days to compile your creativity and see the masterpiece that comes from it. Completed or not it is a masterpiece because you put you whole self into it.

Daily prompts are forthcoming!

 

Happy April!

Unique Creativity – Use your voice!

The wonderful thing about being individuals is that we are all blessed with our own unique story to tell.

Ten people could experience the exact same situation but none of their experiences are the same.

We are shaped by our past experiences. We view things differently because of how we were raised, what we have experienced in the past, and our knowledge base. This is a gift.

If you find a story that you want to tell, don’t be afraid to tell it. The fact that it has been done before doesn’t matter. It hasn’t been told by you.

The key to this is to make sure that you are using your unique voice and not consciously or unconsciously copying what has already been done. Use your perspective to see things from different angles.

This goes for all areas of creativity. While writing tells stories, so do pictures and other visual arts. You can tell a story with a five course dinner.

Whatever your outlet is, get in there and practice. The more you are exercising your creativity, the louder and more distinct your voice becomes. The louder and more distinct your voice becomes, the more comfortable you will be with it.

Remember no one can be creative the way you can be creative!