How To Overcome A Creative Block

Figure out what you’re trying to achieve So you want to do something creative and you’re feeling that block? Maybe it’s because you do...

How To Overcome A Creative Block

Figure out what you’re trying to achieve
So you want to do something creative and you’re feeling that block? Maybe it’s because you don’t really know what you’re trying to achieve. Start from the end and work your way back to the beginning; ask yourself what your goal is and think about how you can achieve it.


Stop worrying about it being perfect
It’s frustrating to know in your head what you want to create but the process of getting it out into a tangible form can be daunting and messy. Your initial first drafts can be sketchy and vague, which makes you doubt how good your idea really was. But that’s all part of the creative process; getting an idea out means you can play around with it and see how it can work. Stop worrying about the final product being perfect and just go with it.


Just keep going - Finish what you started
When you’re not feeling creative and things aren’t working out, the easy option is to give in to that creative block and simply quit trying. Sometimes it’s worth persevering, seeing things through, and keep going until whatever you’re working on is finished, you might surprise yourself..


Walk away - Do something else
Sometimes you really do just have to walk away. If you’re really not “feeling it,” go do something else. Pick up a book, work on another project, move away from the computer screen or desk, and it’s almost certain, as soon as you concentrate on something else, inspiration will hit.


Change your environment
It could be as minor as leaving your desk to go sit on the couch or as extreme as going travelling. Changing your environment can have a dramatic effect on breaking that creative block. If you can’t get away from your work space, at least try to change it in some way - introduce something new like prints or plants or move the furniture around - give yourself a new perspective.


Break your routine
Wake up tomorrow and do everything differently; break the routine that usually works in your favour and in turn it could help break your creative block.

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  1. Really helpful tips! Only a few days ago I had creative block and by focussing on something else it really helped!
    Hannah x
    Hanniemc.co.uk

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  2. Walk away! Yes yes yes! I think sometimes it can be seen as defeatist if you ignore a project for awhile, but then sometimes it needs the space and your need the space and you can come back and be enthused with inspiration once more.

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  3. Great tips! I also find that talking to people helps spur creativity. It helps me verbally map out everything from the problem to the solution. :)


    Somin // TCK Goes Home

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  4. Such beautiful photo! And a really useful post. I find turning off the tv and reading a book or a blog helps or if that fails - Pinterest. It pushes me, inspires me and so I overcome whatever it was stopping progress beforehand :) x

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  5. Good tips. Changing your environment really helps me. Sometimes we just need a breath of fresh air or a change of scenery to really motivate us.

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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  6. Your blog is absolutely incredible & I've already drawn so much information from it - and I only found it half an hour ago! As someone's whose creative business is just starting to grow I need all the inspiration I can get. I'll be following along from now on for sure :)

    Julie // Northern Rustication

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  7. The last 3 ones always work best for me. Taking a break and walking away totally helps me to let go of frustration, calm down and see things from a different angle. :)

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  8. Whenever I'm blocked I just go outside and start walking!!! Is the best way for me to refresh my mind

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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  9. Whenever I get a creative block, I walk away and start focusing on something else. It helps refresh my thoughts and allows myself to find new inspiration.


    thechroniclesofwastedtime.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Ooh yes, these are all great tips. I always feel so much better after getting outside and having a dose of sunshine + fresh air - it does wonders!

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  11. Whenever I step away, I instantly feel inspired to do whatever it was I was supposed to be doing!

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  12. I feel the same - absolutely.

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  13. Fresh air and sunshine, right? Perfect.

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  14. I definitely have to step away in order to refresh.. I tend to sit down for hours working on something and then I get frustrated when the creativity ebbs away.

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  15. Thank you so much, Julie, what a wonderful comment - I really hope the blog is helping and if there is anything you want me to write about, let me know!

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  16. Definitely - I find removing myself from work and reading is super useful to get me feeling inspired again.

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  17. Absolutely - I totally agree.

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  18. Yes! Talking to people definitely helps me feel more inspired.

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  19. Definitely - giving ourselves a bit of space from our work and creativity absolutely helps refresh our minds.

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  20. Thank you so much.

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  21. This is really helpful for me right now! Thank you so much! :) theleiregeel.com

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  22. So many great tips, especially just get it done and dont worry about perfection!

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