What’s Blocking Your Creative Output?

An illustrated guide to getting your art into the world

Photo by Christian Fregnan
All illustrations: Annie Mueller

1. Trash Inputs

Key Factors

How It Feels

How to Fix It

You might need to do the mental and emotional equivalent of a physical fasting to clear out all the gunk that’s built up in your creative conduit.

2. Not Enough Inputs

Key Factors

How It Feels

How to Fix It

We all need places of comfort and rest in our lives, but we need to balance those with times of growth.

3. Misplaced Energy

Key Factors

How It Feels

How to Fix It

Make your offerings no matter how incomplete, imperfect, small, or below your personal standard you think they are.

4. Creative Constipation

Key Factors

How It Feels

How to Fix It

Take the “releasing” option off the table and create something just for yourself.

5. Perfectionism

Key Factors

How It Feels

How to Fix It

Ask yourself what you’re afraid of. What’s the big bad thing that will happen if you finally ship something and it turns out to be awful?

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