Every writer experiences writer’s block from time to time. However, writers aren’t the only creative professionals that encounter mental blocks. Graphic designers, artists, and chefs also suffer from creative mental blocks occasionally.
The good news is that you don’t have to lose an entire day’s work due to a pesky creativity block. By implementing the tips below, you’ll be able to tear down the dam and allow your creative juices to flow freely.
1. Go for a run. Or a hike. Or mow your lawn. As a creative professional, you likely spend too much of your time cooped up in your studio. Break that habit by seeking inspiration in the beautiful gifts of nature.
* The secret to abolishing your creative block is to get out into the great outdoors and get your adrenaline pumping.
2. Freestyle. If you obstruct your creative process by being too rigid or expecting too much too soon, you’ll send your creative juices into hideout indefinitely. Release the pressure and allow your mind to freely express itself.
* Paint an abstract painting using colors you generally never use. Choose a topic that’s close to your heart and just write the words that come to your mind without editing. Or, doodle in your notepad until an image is just right for your design.
3. Seek inspiration. Every creative professional has an industry hero. For a copywriter, it may be Gary Halbert. A stationary designer may enjoy the work of Nicole Balch. Browse through your hero’s portfolio and become inspired to create your own work.
4. Change the scenery. Your office may be the cause of your creative block. After sitting in the same chair day after day, it can certainly take its toll on your ability to produce. Head to a coffee shop, park, or bookstore for a rush of energy that’ll inspire you to create!
* Consider going to a mom and pop coffee shop rather than a franchise. Coffee houses like Starbucks and Panera Bread can be quite noisy and distracting.
5. Release your inhibitions. Many times, the fear of failure or creating something that isn’t top notch is the only barrier between you and success. Let your insecurities fall by the wayside and create a masterpiece that is divine in your eyes.
* If the piece you create fails to meet your client’s or your boss’ expectations, that’s okay. Nine times out of ten, you’ll be given a second chance.
6. Ask for an extension on your deadline. No client likes to receive material beyond the agreed upon deadline. However, many clients will understand an occasional delay.
* Timeliness is certainly important. However, sometimes an additional week will enable you to produce superb quality work.
* Keep in mind that you’re being compensated for your talents because you possess a valuable skill. Allow this understanding to fuel your confidence.
Creative blocks are like pesky little summer gnats. You can put screens in your windows to keep them out, but a few always find a way to break through the netting. In much the same way, you have little say in when or where your mental blocks appear. All you can do is try to work through them, and strengthen your skills in the interim.