5 Top Tips for Creative Blocks!
You’ve probably heard of writer's block, it's that horrible stage when a writer can’t find the rest of the story or they’ve got a character and they just don’t know what to do with them.
I’ve had this a few times, I try and write plays every now and then (not very well may I add!), and it’s horrific. It’s like you’re in a foggy forest and you think you’ve found a clear path through and then walk straight into a branch, clothes-lining yourself right back to the start.
Nothing you seem to write reads well or fits with the story and my god is it frustrating!
It’s not only writers who get blocks though, all creative people do.
When you run a creative business…. It’s not the best!
Here are my five top tips for getting those creative juices flowing again.
1.Technology free zone!
I don’t know about you but sometimes just stepping away from technology (of all forms) makes me feel a little lighter! No notifications, no distractions just living in the moment, with a cuppa and probably a snack. (Garfield is an accurate representation of me eating snacks)
2. Go old school
When I was young if I wasn’t reading I was colouring in. If I’m in a real creative slump I shut down my laptop, turn off my graphics pad and just grab some paper and pens!
Sometimes what I draw is very questionable and actually just looks like a cats been sick on the page.
But sometimes it really gets my brain back into gear and really lets the creative juices flow! Then I’m ready to get back on the laptop!
3. Take the pressure off
You know when you worry about something and it makes it 75 times worse? Well if you keep worrying about your lack of creativity it’s just going to get worse. If you’re not feeling creative don’t force it, you’re a talented person, it will come back!
4. Go somewhere you love or somewhere new
I don’t know about you but sometimes going home, Scotland in my case, can really reignite me. A wee boost for the soul can do wonders for your brain.
Or if you can’t get somewhere you love try somewhere new. During lockdown I learned a lot about my local area and it was quite invigorating! There are actually some pretty places in Coventry - who knew?!
5. Remember why you love being a creative!
This is probably the most important thing.
You love being creative. I love being creative. Don’t forget why you do what you do. For me it’s about putting happy, cheeky or funny phrases down on paper to make other people smile. For you it might be that it’s therapeutic or you just feel like it’s what you’re made to do!
We all have days where we feel a bit BLAAAAHHHH, don’t worry about it! You are great at what you do.
Repeat after me …. I AM GREAT AT WHAT I DO!
Have a lovely day, I’m off for a cuppa and an orange club (king of biscuits right!?) because I’m having a blah day!