First, we need to define “creative block” here, so to make sure that we are talking about the same thing.
A creative block is the feeling you have in your gut when facing a blank page.
A creative block is the chaos in your head when you can’t move forward with your project and you are not sure why.
A creative block the tiredness you experience at any point of your work, because it’s just too taking too long, carrying too much, resonating too little.
A creative block is where you are ready to give up, because it’s too hard, too draining, too expensive, and too lonely.
There are several things I do when I hit a creative block.
- Spending quality time with my peers. One or two people I trust who are good listeners and good conversing partners. Talk. About anything. Then add my work process. Talk. Let the real problem and the things I really want to talk about emerge by itself.
- Spending time with myself, doing things I want to do. Things that either relax me or stimulate me. Like watercoloring or learning Spanish. Give your ideas time. If you are searching for it too desperately, it’s not gonna come to you by itself.
- Free writing. From my experience, you don’t have to do it with paper and pen. Typing works too. Just write. Just type. Ramble. Say anything that comes to mind. If anything interesting comes out, mark it. And keep writing or typing. At one point my brain will turn to saying “ok now I’m really excited about the points that came up just now. So let me go and work on them. Will come back for more free style writing! Thank you and bye!”
- Doing the things I instantly want to say “no” to. I know myself well enough now, that I know I should do something when I don’t want to do it. I get alerted whenever I want to say “no” to things. And that excites me. So I will have to do it. Such an activity will unblock my creative process. It always has.
So which one would you like to try the next time when you encounter a creative block? And what do you do when you feel stuck in your creative process?