Breaking the Creative Block

Most of us creators experience creative block at some level of frequency, and the longer the duration, the more frustrating it can become. For instance, this week I’ve been experiencing a pretty rough block. Part of it is out of my control, as I have some ideas and sketches down, but I’m waiting on some gouache paints I ordered to come in the mail before I can go any further. But I’ve also hit a wall, as I can’t think of any further ideas or things to do in the meantime. Sometimes no matter what you do, the magic just doesn’t happen, but I’d like to share some of my tips that I do when it happens to me:

  1. Try a different medium or creative form. For me, writing this blog post is helping to keep my creative thought process flowing.
  2. Don’t put pressure on yourself to only create what you want your theme or style to be. While you may only want to promote a certain look, when you hit a roadblock try creating something just for fun, that’s loose and without structure. It doesn’t need to be for anyone else, just you. On my Instagram for example, every Monday I do what I call a #mysterymonday, where I drop a loose drawing in frisket on a piece of watercolor paper, and then while filming I add some paint over top until the image appears. I have no idea how it’s going to turn out each time, but I always surprise myself, and I always just draw something that’s on my mind in that moment, whether that’s Star Trek or simply a plant. I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself.
  3. Check in with yourself. Your creative block might be tied into how you are doing emotionally or mentally. You may be experiencing exhaustion by pushing yourself too hard, or you may need a break from social media, as it can have negative effects on stress and anxiety levels. Self-care seems like a fluffy buzzword right now, but it’s so important.
  4. Focus on other aspects of your art form. Are there tasks on your list that you’ve been procrastinating on? Maybe you’ve been meaning to update your website, or researching which art galleries you’d like to connect with. Completing these small tasks can help stimulate some inspiration and motivation from within.

Do you have any tips or secrets to share? I’d love to hear your wisdom!

-Nichelle

1 thought on “Breaking the Creative Block

  1. All very good points, in conjunction with “don’t put too much pressure on yourself”, maybe a walk (no earbuds, just let your mind wander) or simple meditation.

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