There is one thing that causes great stress and anxiety and completely stops us from going: writer’s or creative’s block. When it strikes it is debilitating. Here are five quick tips to help break writer’s block, or any sort of creative block.1
- Find a blank piece of paper and doodle; shapes, faces, poses – free your brain from the rut it is currently in. (If you are in an art rut, then doodle with words, creating associations.)
- Go for a walk, get back to nature if you can. Even in the city you should be able to find a small park, canal or even a tree where you can focus on natural creative ideas.
- Put the current project/ idea/ paragraph to one side and do something completely different for 5/10/15 minutes. This won’t destroy a deadline if you have one.
- Find your favourite music track and play it loud, (it’s a lie, you are never too old for loud music) while it is playing listen to its structure, melody and/or rhythm and understand why you like it. Bring that reason into the project you are stuck on.
- Leave it! Seriously, unless you have an unmovable deadline2
Does anyone else have any cool tips for breaking creative block?
There is a school of thought that suggests this sort of blockage doesn’t really exist. We can work our way through, writing one word or drawing one line at a time. That’s true, and if the above don’t work, it’s the one foolproof way to keep going… but it is hard work, so sometimes the tips above can give it a little kickstart.
1 BTW I am currently stuck here desperately trying to solve a problem with a creative project and so I am making use of tip 3 at the moment.
2 If the deadline is immoveable try one of the other tips, and I wish you luck. However, very few deadlines are totally immoveable and if you have left things this late, you may need to take a little look at the other articles coming here soon.