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20 Simple Ideas to Overcome a Creative Block

Creative blocks are the annoyance of everyone’s life, but the truth is that if we are doing something creative, we will definitely bump into some form of mental block at one point or another. Whether we consider our self a writer or an entrepreneur, it’s useful to have a couple of handy tools in advance that will ease us when we struggle with creative blocks and overcome them. Here are 20 simple ideas one can use to get their creativity rolling again:

  1. Journal

Journaling can help us in overcoming creative blocks in many ways. Mindful journaling helps one to get their thoughts out of their head and onto the paper; clearing the mind for the task at hand. Since the creative block is fundamentally a thinking runnel, we can also use other journaling methods that support our thoughts to stream spontaneously. Reference and context-free thinking lift us to approach our insensible thoughts and suggestions. You can start with writing one word, then track the very next word or expression that you mind channels.  And this process is ongoing so it goes on. Do not over-think the words simply wait to see what comes up.

  1. Always Carry a Notebook

Do not go looking for motivation for this. A graphically loaded word or phrase can jump out from a passage of text, or a song suggests London based designer Craig Ward. Feel free to draw those thoughts into a drawing. All the passion plans we launch are out of love, not always because we are being paid for doing that.

It’s the hobby we have always wanted to follow. The novel someone has been longing to write, the experimental themed photography, makeup or an artwork someone been dreaming about. The things no one has asked us to do, but that we deep down yearn for and won’t mind giving it a try. These innovative challenges will force our brain to shape creative paths each day. Keep us thinking outside the box, even when our job or everyday life does not call for it.

 

  1. Don’t Care About the First Kind

Do not be serious of the first draft. Do not edit as you go; do not self-censor. Not even unconsciously. Be kind on yourself. If it does not feel right the first time; immediately get into the process of creating a second version. Round two will feel a little better, and the third will feel even better than that.

This applies to almost everything. Let the ideas flow because eventually, we will get it right. The street towards creativity is seldom smooth. Valuable to remember as we are tearing our hair out after just three drafts. Do not be too strict on yourself.

  1. Brainstorm

Brainstorming emboldens one to think about all possible options, then choose those that are most realistic and workable. For an active brainstorming sitting, start by listing everything we can think of in relation to the topic. Do count the impossible ones, the crazy and the absolute senseless ideas too. It’s, in fact, crucial to making sure you get everything you can think of onto paper – no matter how silly it feels or looks like to others. In order to get it out of your head and get a transformed viewpoint on the assignment under discussions perhaps. This methodology can be of great help. Once you jot down all your ideas on paper, you are in a much better position to step back and join the dots in different forms to see a complete yet improvised picture.

  1. Stop thinking about everything

Another way to stop thinking about the creative block is to stop thinking about anything. Meditate. Focus on the breathing. Exercise mindfulness. Guide those brain powers to focus on something, and you’ll find yourself less likely to get unfocused and blurred. Later on, particularly, when you are sitting in front of the computer.

  1. Try a bit silly

Little crazy ideas to get the brain moving again:

  • Interview someone and write three things about them maybe those points will inspire you. At the smallest amount. It will also strengthen you out of our self-indulgent.
  • Create the nastiest version of what you find a challenge to make. Then, think of all the ways one could make it better. These will gradually help you build up a plan, on how you should challenge our nerve-wracking task. If we by-pass doing bad things, then at least we are on our way to presiding out some of the ways to do it.
  1. Discover further artistic aspects

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Look outside other illustrators and designers. That brings in photography, formatting, fashion, film, packaging, for instance. Traditionally, we have a mindset that art is restricted to a few things or maybe the art they teach us in schools. Factually speaking, everything that is created is an art; be it you or me a piece of cloth or even the piece of paper itself. I saw this documentary lately on cox cable which liberated my mind on how I view the world.

  1. Disconnect the Internet

Disconnecting the internet will remove many of the interruptions that are in all prospects keeping us away from concentrating fully on the real focused area. Sitting in a quiet room, out of the interventions of e-mail, Facebook and Instagram may do miracles to reduce the writer’s block.

  1. Throw the Rules out the Window

There are rules to writing and sometimes they can be very hindering. Throwing the rules out the window can be very redeeming. Just write on any topic or subject matter and write as generously and spontaneously as you want. Ignore spelling, grammar, formatting and context rules. Just let it all unfastened and you will be surprised how it can help smashed through writer’s block.

  1. Find Music you can write on

Find music that does not have words in it. In simple words, not just songs, but music. Because music with lyrics will distract your mind to write anything by yourself. However, the music without lyrics will to some point cheer up your mind.

  1. Just Keep Writing

If you are the kind of a person who doesn’t believe in giving up on a story or a post.  Then, just keep writing, by prolonging the process. Sooner or later you will reach a point where something makes sense and our creative treasures will start flowing.

  1. Think of What to Write as You Go To Sleep

 

If writing a story, come up with the next few chapters’ rough drafts as if it’s played out like a movie in the head. By the time we will get up, we should be able to move on from the trapped chapter.

  1. Write at Different Times

Try writing at different times from when you usually write and see if the inspiration flows through. If it’s at odd hours, use the weekends to spend the night writing.

  1. Ignore the Waiting Task and Do Other Things

Sometimes it gets to a point of a blockade that we can’t complete our story or article and the best thing to do is to ignore it and move on with life.

Turn off that PC, go to a market, paint, draw, and find a new hobby or just sleep. There is no point pushing yourself if you can’t move ahead. Sometimes while doing other tasks, our contemplation will find its way to us. And then we can start writing again.

  1. Don’t Plan; Just Write

Sometimes having an outline of what we want to write works, but sometimes it just makes it hard to move forward. Sometimes when we write without direction, we tend to follow a different path from where we wanted to go in the first place. Sometimes, different direction gives us better inspiration.

  1. Remember That You Are a Capable, Creative Human

Look back on previous client projects you are proud of. Skim through your own crafted previously written blog posts. You crafted them and received a positive response. You have accomplished those things. And, you still have those same capabilities for new creative endeavors. Don’t lose sight of that. A little pat on your shoulder can buck you up for longer periods.

  1. Strive for progress, not perfection

Perfectionism is the most common reason behind writer’s block.

The best way to struggle perfectionism is to remind yourself that you’re just working on the first draft. Thinking of the work as a first draft of many projects will take the pressure off to get it just right. It’s always easier to rewrite, edit, and improve a piece of imperfect writing than to try to get it right the first time around.

In the long run, the only thing that will really get us to overcome writer’s block is to write. Clear your head, get some rest, and refocus. And then sit down at your desk or in your favorite cafe and let the words out.

  1. Develop a routine

Having the same routine constantly can also help us fight and eventually overcome the creative blocks. When we experience these blocks, it can be appealing to take a step back but sometimes, the most effective way to overcome a block is to shingle your teeth and experience it. Even if our imagination looks more like an unfertile desert than a magical factory. Try hustling every day; sit right there and practice it. After all, consistency is the key. We’ll overcome any creative blocks much more quickly if we turn our creative sessions into a routine that if we step back and simply wait for our creativity to reappear.

  1. Accept it

Creativity is a down for the counting process. Fighting a creative block, criticizing yourself or judging your artistic truthfulness is not going to help. As a matter of fact, it’s likely to make the block even lengthier. In its place, except that the block exists, try to remove any internal judgments we might have surrounding it, and see it for what it is: a mind runnel. However bad it feels, it will pass, and we will create again.

Peter Shimming

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