Creative Block? It’s okay

Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

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So you’ve hit a block.  Your creativity has ceased to exist and you keep trying to get it back.  The ‘trying to get it back’ part is the problem.  Your brain is a complex beast, and the creative juices only flow when it feels other ‘more important’ things have been taken care of.  Stress is a common killer of creativity.  When you are stressed about something, even if it is stress over not being creative, your brain tries to find a logical solution to the problem.  That constant switching to ‘logical’ causes the wrong side of the brain to take control.

The easy answer is to relax.  I know that is way easier said than done.  I am an engineer by trade and definitely fight the ‘logical’ brain taking over all the time.  I have to work to be creative for my photography, which means I have to work to relax.  I am constantly hitting creative blocks and it can be extremely frustrating.  I have come to realize that I cannot force creativity.  I have to understand how it works.

If you want to be more creative, you need to have a passion for something first (like photography).  Then, you have to find a way to relax.  I can’t be more creative with my photography by stressing over my next idea.  I have to let it come to me, but I can set myself up for a higher success rate.  This means setting aside a block of time for creative pause.   Find some activity that can get your mind off of whatever you typically stress about.   Listening to music is a great start for most, but maybe you like sitting outside in the park, or reading a book.  When you stop ‘trying’ to be creative, it will come.

The other key is interruptions.  It can sometimes take your brain a while to get the creative juices flowing, and every distraction can throw you back to ‘logical’.  Imagine ‘creativity’ as being like sleep, and a loud noise keeps waking you up.  If being creative is important to you, and you have a problem with hitting creative blocks, find a way to block out distractions during your form of meditation.  The longer you can go, you more creative you can be!