It Can Happen To Anyone

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do. Creativity blocks hit us all at some point – whether you’re a web designer, a corporate writer or are simply crafting an e-mail to a client. Lately, this creative block has been filtering into all areas of my life – personal and professional. When I’m not here, scouring the Web, TweetDeck, my news feeds and favorite blog sites for fresh and interesting blog topics that I hope will be of value to you, I’m at home, trying to harness my own creativity – I dabble in narrative writing. My point here is this: creativity blocks happen. The question is, what can you do when they strike?

Blocks are just part of the process. I stumbled upon this video that addresses nurturing creativity – part of the TED Ideas Worth Spreading series. If you can, set aside 20 minutes and watch the video. It’s a really fascinating take on the process of creating. Here’s to hoping my disembodied genius returns soon (this will make sense after you watch the video.)

When you hit a creative block, what’s your cure of choice? I could use some helpful hints…

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2 Responses to “It Can Happen To Anyone”

  1. For me, the thing the works the best at resolving creative block is to simply go do something else for a while….something that is not creative at all. In fact the more mindless the better. I find that by forgetting to think about it, my subconscious thinks about it and those agonizing creative blocks magically disappear.

    Sometimes it only takes a walk around the desk, or a short daydream out to a relaxing beach to eliminate the block. Other times its 10 minutes with a video game, or a longer walk.

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  2. Thanks for the comment, Paul. I totally know what you mean about doing something mindless while the subconscious takes over. I’ve written many a draft in my head while sitting at the bank or the DMV (not that I’ve chosen those particular places as my refuge, but still…). Great advice!

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