Creating when you don’t feel creative
There are times when creative inspiration comes easily and motivates you to start and keep going. But other days it takes a bit of a kickstart to get moving. Usually, I can find that kickstart in my inspiration file or my notebook of project sketches, or by getting out in the garden, or putting on some music and dancing around for 5 minutes – anything to shake out the cobwebs.
Sometimes it just isn’t working
All creatives have experienced. You head to the studio ready to work – and the ideas just aren’t coming. Or they are coming but they are just not turning out the way you thought.
Or maybe, you are not feeling it at all and don’t even have the energy to get making.
Most of us have a go-to-strategy to get back at it. It might fall into one of these categories:
Just start SOMETHING
Go into your workspace and just begin with something, typically small or unrelated. Doodle, stitch, cut – even cleanup or reorganize. Anything to just get your hands working and your mind to stop overthinking.
Take a break
Get out for a walk or run or swim. Read a book. Have a copy. Be careful that you are not just avoiding what you need to do and try to make sure your break is something energizing and positive, not just anything-but-what-I-should-be-making.
Dig into your project
Similar to just starting something but specifically related to the work that is challenging you. It can help to begin with an element that takes less creative energy, routine elements or prep work can be good choices.
Admit defeat (for now)
Sometimes, the best thing is to set this project aside and pick up another piece in progress. Something that will be more engaging or inspiring. This can feel counterintuitive if you are working to a deadline but, even then, it can make sense to build your creative energy on something else. Fighting to finish when you are struggling can result in poor quality results that do not satisfy you or meet your quality standard. But, again, be honest with yourself about your reasons.
Find inspiration from others
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Have you ever sat down to draw, but no ideas came? How many days have you tried to be creative, but for some reason, each day goes by, and you just can’t? Welcome, my friend, to Creative Block.
We think we can just try harder and overcome it, but it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes we need more than just a kick in the butt. Sometimes the creative block has just gotten too big, too daunting, and too discouraging for willpower alone to be able to beat it. What we need is a new strategy…
Have you ever looked at a creative block as an opportunity to start over?
… Either way, there are ways to overcome it and reach your goal.
So rather than looking at creative block as an obstacle, look at it as a second, third, or fourth chance to start over. Keep that in mind as we tackle 10 different strategies to start over when a creative block strikes.
How do you tackle creative block?
These are just a few of many pages with helpful tips. Do you have others?
I’m always looking for new suggestions.
For now, I’m off to make something. Although I might start with some organizing first.
Wishing you a creative day, whatever that means to you.