Creative block is part of being an artist. It sucks. Every single creative person you encounter, whether they’re a painter, photographer, designer, make up artist or stylist, will come to a point in their life where they simply have no new ideas. For most creatives, this can be a really scary time. Thoughts go through your head like “What if I never come up with a great new idea again?” “What if this is it for me?” “What if all my creative days are over?!”… Dramatic, I know. But it’s a reality that we all face (even we do, at Atlas!). So what on earth are you supposed to do when creative block strikes? Here’s a few things to help get you going again
- Get outside: Taking yourself out and away from your usual surroundings can really help to spark inspiration. Getting out into fresh air, moving, and letting yourself be carefree is extremely healing. Are you getting anything done by sitting at your desk and staring at your computer, trying to force ideas out? Absolutely not. So get outside, go for a walk, clear your head, and see what comes to you.
- Take time off: Sometimes, creative block can last for days, even weeks for some. And the root cause of that most of the time? Exhaustion. When you’re overworked and tired, it’s no wonder you won’t be feeling creative. There’s absolutely no point in continuing to work when you’re too tired to even function. Take some time off, even if it’s just for the weekend to let yourself relax, reset and revitalise. You’ll be impressed by how fresh and inspired you feel when you get back to work on the Monday!
- Watch a new film: Film inspires so many creatives. Probably because it’s such an interactive and visually powerful way of storytelling. Stories are often at the forefront of most creative projects, so taking some time to hear new stories is bound to inspire you. Whatever genre you love, hunt down a film you’ve not seen in that genre, sit down, switch off all distractions (ie, your mobile phone!) and really enjoy it. If new ideas pop into your head, jot them down in a notebook and carry on watching! I bet you’ll have at least three new ideas for a creative project by the end of the film.
- Think outside of the box: Your creative block might not be as bad as you think it is… it might just be that you’re really bored of what you’ve been producing. Take a look back at your work, and really look at it. Have you been reproducing the same thing over and over again, but with slight changes each time? It happens to everyone. How about you try and start something totally from scratch, which is totally the opposite of what you would normally create? For example, if you’re a photographer who always works in a studio, why not take your photoshoot outside?
Do you have any other ways of beating creative block? Let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!