4 Ways to Blast Away Creative Blocks And Become Inspired
Creative blocks have gotten the best of many of us. The blank stare at the page. The empty, wanting canvass, the web page with no design. No matter what your craft, as creatives it can be heart shattering and mentally draining to force inspiration where we feel there is none. However, before I offer you the 4 ways to blast creative blocks, let me share this quote.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have” – MAYA ANGELOU
1. Change Your Surroundings
Creative people often have their favorite places to buckle down and work. These spaces typically provide a place of comfort, peace, tranquility, and most of all, ideas. However, there are times we sit down, ready to run wild with our imaginations and there is no wild or imagination, just blank space.
When this moment happens, it’s time to search for a new spot for your creativity to land. I do this frequently to eliminate creative blocks. I move from my room, to the back deck, to the dining room, and sometimes even my closet to re-energize my thoughts to tackle my creative ventures.
Sometimes, you may even need a larger change of scenery. Recently, I went on a road trip to Florida for a change of scenery. Although I didn’t do a ton of writing there, I jotted down a ton of ideas. The weather was perfect, the wind was gentle, and the sunset was nothing short of a love letter to my heart and soul. This was just the inspiration I needed to take back with me to the cold, damp, darkness of my home town. Sometimes you just have to feel, see, and live something different for your mind to expand and eventually create.
2. Clear Your Mind. Meditate.
Many people have noticed that their best ideas come in the shower. I believe since there are fewer distractions, you give yourself time to think. Meditation is a good way to clear some space in your mind for new thoughts to come in. As a society we have a great amount of stress and anxiety that’s very challenging to shut off. When we practice meditation daily, it not only helps clear headspace, but it builds mental fortitude.
Many people say that they are just not good at meditating because it’s impossible to “clear the mind”. However, we must remember that the ability to focus our thoughts isn’t developed overnight. Also, just sitting with your thoughts, what some people call, “thinkitating” can also usher in some awesome creative thoughts.
3. Change Your Flow
While writing, I typically had the same routine. I outlined what I wanted to write about and proceeded from there. Recently, I started to struggle with outlining. This caused me to have writer’s block. Out of pure frustration, I just started writing random thoughts without any prior organization and wrote a very creative piece.
Sometimes we have to redirect our workflow to unblock our creativity. Depending on your craft, you can even try to work backwards to see if you can get the creative wheels turning.
4. Take A Break And Explore Other Creators That Inspire You
I don’t mean plagiarism when I say explore others’ work. Everything is inspired by something else most of the time. You see graffiti on a wall and create a poem. I watch a great movie that inspires me to write a song. We read a book that prompts us to dive deeper into a subject and write an article. If you know of people, places, artwork, books, media, ect. that inspire, take the time to indulge so that you can come back ready to create. When I listen to Nina Simone’s songs, Alan Watts’ lectures, or read The Alchemist, there is something inside of me that just wants to birth something new and inspiring.
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