Overcome Your Creative Blocks with Seven Creative “Blockbusters”

by | May 15, 2024 | Blog | 0 comments

Creative blocks are a common hurdle for anyone engaged in a creative endeavor, from writing and painting to problem-solving and innovation.

There are times when ideas seem to dry up, and inspiration is nowhere to be found. While traditional advice often focuses on pushing through these blocks, sometimes a more unconventional approach is needed.

Here are seven creative strategies to help you overcome creative blocks and get back to creating your best work:

  1. The Next Time You Get a Creative Block – Run Away: When faced with a creative block, the instinct may be to try to force yourself to work through it. However, sometimes the best solution is to step away from your work entirely. Take a break, go for a walk, do something entirely different. I like to take a nap. “Running away” can help clear your mind and give you a fresh perspective when you return to your work.
  2. Creative Blocks on Starting: One of the most challenging aspects of any creative endeavor is getting started. The blank page or canvas can be intimidating, leading to procrastination and self-doubt. To overcome this block, try breaking the task down into smaller, more manageable steps. Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes and commit to working on the project for that short period. Often, once you get started, the momentum will carry you forward.
  3. Defer Judgment – Don’t Judge: Self-criticism is a major roadblock to creativity. To overcome this, try to defer judgment during the creative process. Focus on generating ideas without evaluating them. You can always refine and improve your work later, but in the initial stages, allow yourself the freedom to explore without fear of criticism.
  4. When Writing, Don’t Worry About Writing in a Sequence: Writing in a linear fashion can be restrictive and lead to creative blocks. Instead, try writing different parts of your project out of order. Start with the sections that inspire you the most or the ones you have the clearest ideas about. You can always rearrange and edit your work later to create a cohesive narrative.
  5. Get a Supportive Editor or Friend to Help: Sometimes, a fresh pair of eyes can provide the perspective you need to overcome a creative block. Share your work with a trusted friend, colleague, or editor and ask for their feedback. Their insights can help you see your project in a new light and provide valuable suggestions for improvement.
  6. When You Get Stuck in the Middle: Getting stuck in the middle of a project can be frustrating. To overcome this block, try jumping ahead to a different section or aspect of your project. Working on a different part of the project can help you gain new insights and ideas that can be applied to the section where you’re stuck.
  7. Always Leave Something Unfinished at the End of the Day: One way to overcome creative blocks is to always leave something unfinished at the end of the day. This could be a sentence, a paragraph, or a sketch. Having a starting point for the next day can help you overcome the inertia of starting from scratch and jumpstart your creativity.

Creative blocks are a natural part of the creative process, but they don’t have to hold you back. Give these seven “blockbusters” a try. Remember, creativity is a journey, don’t be afraid to try new things and see where they take you.

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