5 Tips to Overcome Your Creative Block

 

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Whether it’s writer’s block, artist’s block, or any sort of metaphorical New Jersey traffic jam of your creative juices, you just want it to end. It’s like getting halfway up the stairs, only to realize you forgot something. Or driving an hour and a half of a three hour trip to discover you’ve forgotten your kids favorite stuffed animal. (True story.) But there are a few ways to get over it. The key is distraction. Any form will do fine. Just don’t do it for too long or you’ll end up in a full-on rut of procrastination. But soon enough, you’ll be able to face it all with a clear mind.

 

Here are 5 Tips to Overcome Your Creative Block:

1.) Read
  • You can grab a classic you’ve read a thousand times or, better yet, read a book written by one of the many authors following your blog or on Twitter and the like. If you’re a writer, it may help you remember why you got into the game in the first place. It’s fair to say other authors have suffered through creative blocks of their own and found a way to overcome them. You can too.
2.) Create Something Else
  • There are countless artistic mediums to explore, so go ahead and give one or two a try. You can draw or paint, jot down some poetry, or even build a bird house out of ice pop sticks. Discovering another art niche, or even realizing you suck at other art niches, can be just the push you need to get back in the saddle.
3.) Educate Others
  • You don’t have to be a teacher to teach something to someone. You don’t have to teach something you know everything about. You don’t even have to teach within your age group. I find teaching my four-year-old son how to write his letters and numbers or even go over some basic math skills is not only rewarding for us both, but it’s usually just what I need to get around whatever was in my creative way.
4.) Game Apps
  • Most of us own some sort of electronic device, whether it’s a computer, a tablet, or a cell phone. There is an endless sea of educational game applications just waiting to be downloaded and most of them are free. Perhaps a leisurely game of Words With Friends (or Words With Strangers, as I like to call it.) Or try your hand at 4 Pictures, 1 Word to practice some word association. Another great outlet is Luminosity, where you’ll find plenty of games to exercise your brain.
5.) Dance Like No One’s Watching/Sing Like No One Can Hear You
  • This tip may be best served while no one is actually watching or can actually hear you, depending on your musical talents. But go find your favorite album, something from your past that you’re almost embarrassed to love so much, and go nuts! Truly letting go will refresh, motivate, and empower you.

 

Obviously, these are just a handful of ways to overcome your creative block. I’m sure we each have our own method that works best for us.

So, tell me. How do you overcome?

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4 Comments

  1. If you had ever heard me sing you would no there are no circumstances at all under which i should be encouraged, even home alone it may be grounds for an animal cruelty case 😀

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  2. LOL! Mel, the ONLY way I dance any more is when no one is looking! And I find myself singing along with songs that are old enough to have grandkids of their own (sigh).

    But at least I still dance and sing. 😉

    BTW – I always loved to hear Janis Joplin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tGuJ34062s

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