We’ve all heard of writer’s block, now let’s deal with creator’s block. By my own definition: it is an inability to create something that you feel is worth publishing or sharing for no reason other than the creative juices just aren’t flowing.
My brain won’t work
Whether it’s a personal or professional task, writing, blogging, making, creating, painting, producing… the list goes on. Being in a constant creative environment isn’t always easy, we creatives will inevitably run out of steam at some point. As creative beings, it’s our job to put on our creative thinking caps to *Drag Race quote in the ‘style’ of Cher* SNAP OUT OF IT.
Sometimes, even if you have all of the ideas and a clear mind map of how to get from A to B, you struggle to create the most basic of things because you feel you can’t bring it all together and execute it well, in the way you want.
I’ve not blogged for a while, I’ve not painted, drawn, come up with an incredible, imaginative idea for something… the motivation hasn’t been there. I’ve been busy, going to the gym most nights and seeing friends and family on my days off, and I’m just not feeling overly creative in life right now.
Combat creator’s block
Blogging is sometimes like writing a diary, so write about it, something else or someone else. After a chat with a friend, a technology-free afternoon and completing this blog post, I’ve realised that there are a few ways to try to refresh and get the groove back.
- Literally, do something else – anything. Go on TikTok for 4 hours, watch The Real Housewives… Make a pizza. Distract yourself from whatever it is you should be doing so your mind becomes free and ready to revisit whatever you’re struggling to create.
- Set a dedicated amount of time for a specific task. For example: “After I eat lunch, I’m going to do X”
Take inspiration from others: Google search or chat with friends. How do other people deal?
Chill out: I have been really into yoga lately. I’m even attending ‘advanced’ classes. The idea of holding poses for an hour seems so basic, but it does a lot for you.
- Treat yourself: the most important part when you’re not feeling your best, for whatever reason. Self-care is very important and looks different to everyone. If you want to order that overpriced Dominoes pizza, treat yourself to a new pair of shoes you’ll only wear to the office once a week, allow yourself to do whatever (in moderation).
Sometimes our most productive outputs come from overall inner happiness and the feeling of being content in other areas of our lives.