inspiration and experiments
Eureka! Creative Block!
Just hit the wall on my latest project, just like I always do. All of a sudden, don’t want to do it anymore. I want to start a new project instead. But I’m making myself finish this one. Keeping going feels like rolling big giant boring rocks up a giant boring hill.
Maybe what I’m actually running into is some form of a creative block. I run out of ideas, things to say. I get bored and easily distracted. Maybe it’s important to push through anyway. Researching creative blocks seems like a good place to start.
What is a creative block? (lifted from Wikipedia’s definition of writer’s block)
Writer’s block is a condition …in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers. It can manifest as the affected writer viewing their work as inferior or unsuitable, when in fact it could be the opposite.
How do creative blocks happen? (lifted from Freelance Folder)
OK, that makes sense. I can see all of these in my own life. I am coming off of a three year run of mind-numbing 50 - 80 hour work weeks with very little down time. Four months later, I’m still tired and my creative juju feels all dried up. So how do I loosen things up?
Overcoming Creative Blocks (lifted from 30 Sleeps)
- Become an imperfectionist.
- Become deeply researched in your field.
- Push yourself outside of your intellectual comfort zone. Take in new stuff.
- Follow your inner muse and see where it takes you. Learn new stuff.
- Flood your brain with new knowledge, ideas, and experiences on a regular basis.
- Ask Questions
- Write Your Ideas Down.
- Appreciate the value in recording your thoughts as they come off the wire.