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5 Ways To Break Through Creative Blocks


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Five solutions to jumpstart the creative process when it feels like you're blocked and all your good ideas have dried up.

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5 Ways To Break Through Creative Blocks

  1. 1. 5 Ways to Smash Through Creative Blocks By Lionel Zivan S. Valdellon [email_address]
  2. 2. Ideas dry up? <ul><li>You need creativity on a daily basis. </li></ul><ul><li>But one day, it dries up. </li></ul><ul><li>No good ideas. No inspiration. You’re blocked. </li></ul><ul><li>How do you jumpstart the creative process when this happens? </li></ul>“ Street Artist” photo by Lorkan.
  3. 3. 1. Try the unusual <ul><li>Listen to some different music. </li></ul><ul><li>Read a book on an unfamiliar topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Use Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” button. </li></ul><ul><li>Sample a new food, fragrance, fashion. </li></ul><ul><li>Try a new restaurant. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>WHY: </li></ul><ul><li>Expose your senses to the new, unfamiliar. </li></ul><ul><li>Regain that sense of wonder integral to the creative process. </li></ul>“ Untitled.” Photo by Josef Stuefer on Flickr.
  5. 5. 2. Stretch the muscles <ul><li>Take a long walk. Find a path and wander. </li></ul><ul><li>Or go to the gym, bike, jog, exercise. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn a new sport. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>WHY: </li></ul><ul><li>Endorphins released by exercise: a natural high. </li></ul><ul><li>A change in mood can inspire you to be creative again. </li></ul>&quot;Male jogger in silhouette on Morro Strand State Beach.&quot; Photo by by Mike Baird on Flickr.
  7. 7. 3. Doodle the Art <ul><li>Put pencil to paper and doodle. (Or fingers to keyboard, paintbrush to canvas.) </li></ul><ul><li>No stress to finish the work. </li></ul><ul><li>Build a small idea/sketch. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Play” till something happens. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>WHY: </li></ul><ul><li>Remember crayons as kids? Art should still be fun as adults. </li></ul><ul><li>Doodling / sketching allows you to create w/o pressure. </li></ul>“ doodle.&quot; Photo by by lourdieee on Flickr.
  9. 9. 4. Copy the Template <ul><li>Try copying an existing work to see how it was put together. </li></ul><ul><li>Try making something new using an existing work as inspiration or template. </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLES: </li></ul><ul><li>Musicians: re-arrange a song you know. </li></ul><ul><li>Writers: re-write a chapter of your favorite book using your voice. </li></ul><ul><li>Web designers: “view source” and build from that. </li></ul>
  10. 10. A note about copying: <ul><li>Analyze but don’t plagiarize. </li></ul><ul><li>Use extant art as inspiration, but don’t forge them. </li></ul><ul><li>Build upon previous work, add value, reinterpret -- don’t just copy. </li></ul>
  11. 11. “ copy copy copy copy copy copy copy copy copy copy copy copy copy copy.” Photo by bettyx1138 on Flickr. <ul><li>WHY: </li></ul><ul><li>By analyzing how others do their art, you may find something useful you can use in your own work. </li></ul><ul><li>Building from another’s work as a template may jumpstart your own creative process. </li></ul>
  12. 12. 5. Dump the Brain <ul><li>Do a daily “brain dump” via journaling. (Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”) </li></ul><ul><li>Fill 3 pages of your journal, long-hand, first thing in morning. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>WHY: </li></ul><ul><li>Clears the mind of daily distractions and concerns. </li></ul>“ Journal.&quot; Photo by by basykes on Flickr. <ul><li>Mind is freed to work on creative solutions. </li></ul>
  14. 14. CREDITS <ul><li>Background photo: “Japanese Notebooks” by L. Marie on Flickr. </li></ul>About the Author: Lionel Zivan S. Valdellon EMAIL [email_address] BLOG TWITTER