5 Ways to Beat Creative Block
If you’re a writer or creative, I’m almost 100% sure that at one point in time you’ve experienced writers block or creatives block. You sit down to write out that new blog post and boom..... blank space. You go to plan the creative direction for your next shoot and boom..... canvas is bare. Trust me, we’ve all been there. The ideas just don’t seem to flow and you’re in a battle with writers block that you didn’t sign up for. Well don’t fret, I’m going to share a few tips that I use when attempting to beat it. Now listen, this isn’t magic so I can’t guarantee results lol. I will say that it works for me though. As always, take what you need and leave the rest for your neighbor. 1. Eliminate Distractions
You already knew that when you sat down in front of the TV with your phone in hand, nothing was going to get accomplished lol. Sometimes we have to step away from those things and create a serene and calm environment where ideas can flow. Distractions come in all forms and can be different for each person. They even come in human form. We all know, for the most part, what distracts us from productivity. In order to reach max productivity, we have to remove those things from our space.
Sometimes it’s helpful to clear your mind before attempting to start a new project. Meditation is a great way to do that. It doesn’t have to be long. A quick 10-minute session will suffice. Sometimes ideas can’t flow because we have a ton of things on our minds and thoughts just keep clashing. Take a moment to breathe and center yourself, then try writing.
3. Free Write
Just take a moment to jot down all of your ideas. Write down your current thoughts, doodle, makes lists. This is just another way to clear space. Start writing on an idea and then maybe transition into something different. You never know, you may find something in your free-writes that becomes a gem.
4. Change Your Environment
At times, writing and creating in the same space becomes mundane. The ideas no longer flow there and you just can’t seem to keep a solid thought. You may just need a change of scenery. Visit a local coffee shop that has WiFi. Have your next meeting at a new restaurant or maybe a park. A change of scenery can spark a creative flame.
5. Walk Away
There are times when you should just put your pen down and walk away. None of the other tips are working and you just feel overwhelmed. It is ok to walk away. Leave it for another day. Let it breathe for a moment and move on to something different. Maybe that moment and time just isn’t the right one. It happens
Either way it goes, do not let creative block conquer you. If God gave you an idea or something to say, he’ll also give you an outlet and help you find the words. Hopefully some of these tips help you conquer your writers/creative block and get things done!