We have all been there, you are working away and suddenly you encounter a huge creative block. No matter what you try, you just can’t get past it. When you are experiencing a creative block, resist the temptation to doubt yourself or “power through it.” Stop, take a step back, and ask yourself what kind of block you are experiencing. Once you know the nature of the problem, it will be easier to solve.
Creative blocks come in many forms. Here are six of the most common creative blocks and what you can do to get past them:
1. Inspiration Drought
The problem: you no longer feel motivated or inspired by the work that you are doing. You feel like your “creative tank” is running dry.
The solution: step away from the project that is frustrating you, and focus on other things. Taking a break will allow your creative tank to replenish itself and you will return to the original project with fresh energy and perspective.
2. Emotional Barrier
The problem: you are worried that when people see your finished work you will feel exposed or embarrassed.
The solution: creating things can often make you feel extremely vulnerable, but you can’t allow that to hold you back. Remember that the things that you create are private until you choose to share them.
3. Mixed Motivations
The problem: you are feeling the pressure to make money or grow your audience quickly.
The solution: create a “pressure free” workspace where you give yourself permission to simply create. When you enter this space, you should shed all thoughts of money, success, notoriety, etc.
4. Personal Problems
The problem: you are going through difficult things in your personal life.
The solution: When you are going through difficult times, treat your creative work as a refuge from those things.
The problem: you lack the money or resources to accomplish your creative goals.
The solution: just because you are short on resources doesn’t mean that you are out of options. Use your situation as an opportunity to work with what you have. You will surprise yourself with how resourceful you can be!
6. Presentation Problems
The problem: you are struggling to grow your audience or client list.
The solution: take the time to hone your marketing strategy. One of the hardest challenges that creatives face is learning to sell themselves. The bottom line is that if you want to succeed, you need to get out there and tell people who you are.
What strategies have helped you when struggling with a creative block?
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