I don’t know about you, but as a creative person, I tend to get frustrated when I’m facing a creativity block. As someone who prides herself on coming up with new and innovative things, I feel discouraged when it doesn’t come easily.
But then I remind myself of the simple truth that everyone gets stuck in a rut sometimes. And that’s okay.
Sometimes there are things going on in our lives that are simply clouding our creativity, or we might be feeling overworked and drained from living the daily grind.
Regardless of your reason why, there’s no reason to make this creative rut permanent. In fact, I challenge you to start working your way out today with these three tips.
Seek Some Assistance
One often-overlooked secret about creative ruts is that they’re easily solved by simply asking for help. We need to get over the stigma that asking for help is a sign of weakness and start reaching out for creative guidance. Because here’s the deal, getting an outside perspective on your creative pursuits helps you see things from a new perspective and can help you quickly unlock new ideas.
What’s more, if you think outside the box, you can get help in less-traditional ways, too. For example, a friend of mine is a graphic designer, and she uses a font manager for Mac that helps her select the right fonts for different designs. I personally use Grammarly all the time to help me highlight typos quickly etc.
So if you’re facing that creativity block and getting frustrated, take a deep breath and remind yourself to ask for help. You’ll solve the problem quickly and get right back to creating.
Look For Inspiration
If you don’t want to ask someone for help directly – or use an app – then you might consider looking to other people or things for inspiration. Because frankly, the majority of people out there tend to create things inspired by others.
By looking for inspiration in other people’s work, you can start to figure out new ideas that get you out of your creative rut. Don’t copy their work, of course. But by using it as a springboard, you can jump off into your own world of creativity.
Take A Break
Sometimes when I’m working on a project and things are progressing smoothly, my creativity block springs up out of nowhere.
After responding with some version of: “Where the heck did you come from, creativity block?! This project was going so well! ARGH!”, I remind myself that this happens with almost every project I pursue. It is completely normal. And I just need a break.
What kind of break, you ask?
Anything your heart desires, as long as it’s completely different from the task at hand.
Sometimes I look through cookbooks and go grocery shopping. Other times I grab my husband and make him play a game of scrabble with me (he hates scrabble; it’s my favorite.) Occasionally, I engage in a totally different creative process. If I’m facing writer’s block, for example, I might grab my watercolors and pretend as if I can paint for an hour.
So whatever your job, whether you’re a full-time writer, a freelance graphic designer, a blogger, etc. and you’re facing that creativity block, give yourself some time away. Take an hour, a day, or a week, to step away from your project. Have some fun planning your next vacation. Get started on your spring cleaning. Head out for a walk with your dog. The key point is simply pursuing something else, and allowing your creativity the rest it needs.
And there you have it, friends! My 3 top strategies to break through your creativity block and get back to doing what you love. Get to it!
Have you ever faced writer’s block? How do you get out of a creativity slump? Share your tips below!