CREATIVE BLOCK

CREATIVE BLOCK

Ever found yourself staring at your computer for long periods of time, trying to create but being unable to find the right words, melody or hook? You’re not alone. This is something all creatives struggle with.

There is nothing wrong with you.

CREATIVE BLOCK

Ever found yourself staring at your computer for long periods of time, trying to create but being unable to find the right words, melody, riff or hook? You’re not alone. This is something all creatives struggle with.

There is nothing wrong with you.

Maybe motivations have changed, things that were important to you no longer are. Maybe your stuck doing the same things in the same way and your creative genius wants you outside the box, not in it.

Overcoming this block is a process that is dependant on the individual. Yet It is all about conquering self-doubt and knowing that hard work will pay off. You can only withdraw what you have put in. You need to challenge yourself!

Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown. This loss of ability to write and produce new work is not a result of commitment problems or the lack of writing skills.

When you hit the wall you feel overwhelmed, you find yourself stuck within the creative process without the ability to move forward and create anything new. While overcoming this is usually a different process depending on the individual, the more we understand the more we are able to shift our perspective.

Creative block can be triggered by a number of things, depending on the individual. Self-doubt plays a big part in creative blockages.

  • You feel stuck within a way of working and it is impacting your creativity.
  • You allow your emotions to lead the process and negative emotions are a crippled. Anger.
  • You lack confidence and you are worried that you’re not good enough.
  • You compare yourself with others, instead of being the best version of yourself.

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To help loosen the creative block:

  • Take a break. Do something else for a while, and return to your work with a fresh eye.
  • Start at the beginning, without referencing the previous work.
  • Get away from the process. Go for a walk. Enjoy some music, a book, an event, some friends, enjoying real life events and observations are key to keeping your creative tank full and can serve as the inspiration for your best work.
  • Create a deadline, procrastination is the thief of time. Time pressure can create focus and can push you to make decisions that you may be avoiding.
  • Make your process more visual. Unsure of how to continue a section? Sometimes, visualising the solution can help.
  • Try to remember why you do what your do, allow it to flow.
  • Freshen up all aspects of your life.

Mix up your daily routines. Stay open to different methods and flip your daily routines around.

The good news is that hitting the wall is temporary, compared to your creativity which is a gift. Most creatives will experience hitting the wall from time to time, but with a desire to persevere, they will be able to conquer it and return to their creative genius before you know it.

If your a perfectionist, you may have dismissed methods without trying them. Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes in line with your values to get the desired result. Don’t limit your creative expression.

Your creative gift is all about sharing something meaningful with the world.

Basil Reynolds

Coaching Consultant

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