How to Beat Creative Block.. in the face!

Using a guitar to bash creative block in the face always works for me. Playing one also works though!

We’ve all been there, some days those genius creative ideas just don’t flow and instead of beautiful creative work all we have to show for our efforts are broken pencils and paper balls on the floor. So what is the best way to beat Creative Block?

What if I was to tell you there is only one thing you need to do to beat it?

Tell yourself: there‘ s no such thing as ‘creative block’. It’s just an excuse to justify me not solving a problem.

Creative block is an excuse for distraction. When you have other things on your mind, how can you possibly concentrate on your work?

It’s also an excuse for when you’re not interested in the project.

Or It could also be a lack of technical skills and patience to pull off a particular creative style.

So what can you do ?

Start smashing a guitar over those ‘creative block’ excuses in true rock star fashion! That would be awesome right?

While that may release some frustration it’s not dealing with the problem.

There are many ways to overcome these excuses:

Excuse 1: “I have a problem with X in my personal life”

Your personal life needs to take a back seat when you are in ‘work mode’. It is distracting you from what you need to accomplish. Try to deal with the problem rather than running away from it.

Excuse 2: ‘I’m not that interested in the project’

Are you getting paid for the job? If the answer is yes then make it happen or walk away. You are a creative person and you need to provide a solution. If you have a full time job you should ask colleagues for advice, if you are freelancing you should refer the client to another person who can do the job right.

Excuse 3: ‘I don’t know how to do it’

The creative process is never a straight line and there are many ways to solve the same problem. Rather than making excuses, research the problem, see how others have solved it. Also try putting pencil to paper and sketching rather than going straight to the computer.

Final thought

There is no right way or wrong way to create something. There is however great execution and bold design which should always be your main goal – as well as making the client happy of course!

Do you have any tips to beat ‘creative block’? Please share your experiences.

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