Creative Blocks Dos and Donts
As creatives, we all deal with blocks, a lot. They’re frustrating, a waste of time, and dreadfully boring. But they aren’t always a bad thing. The first thing to understand about blocks is that they are inevitable. It doesn’t mean your idea is bad or that it won’t work out. Creating stuff is hard. Blocks force us to step back and reassess our work and direction when we hit those inevitable moments of “I don’t know where to go from here.” That’s why we put together a list of creative blocks dos and donts to help you these unsure times.
DON’T force it out. That causes stress and stress never helps. Creativity is just playing hard to get. Leave it be and it will come around.
DO distract yourself. Staring at that blank–or no where near finished–whatever it is you’re working on until you’re eyes dry up is miserable. Don’t put yourself through that. Go outside, go somewhere peaceful, hectic, whatever environment you need to free yourself and be patient.
DO think to your inspirations. How would your creative gurus approach the issue? Cracking pots like Ai Wei Wei and they’re just not breaking right? Think. WWAWWD? (What Would Ai Wei Wei Do?). P.S. Do take a less sarcastic approach to this then how we may have illustrated it, it can be a helpful exercise.
DON’T go into an internet black hole. Facebook is an inevitable indulgence but don’t go crazy. Overcoming a creative block + digital procrastination is just giving yourself more work.
DO go back to the origin. What is the fundamental idea, concept, goal you are working around? Simplify things before complicating them.
DO talk it out. Call whoever is your “person” and talk through the block with them.
DON’T ignore the root of the problem. Maybe you’re just having a run of the mill block and it will pass. But often there is something beneath that… personal issues, fears, pure lack of sleep… get to the root and work from there.
DO step outside of yourself. Try to see your work from an outside perspective. As creatives we cant get so sucked into projects, distancing oneself.
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