How to Break Out of a Creativity Block

The worst thing the universe can do to a creative is cut off their juice supply. Here’s how to get those creative juices flowing again.

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1) Rest

This seems obvious but it’s worth saying. A lot of the time, us creative workaholics tend to attempt to force content even when our brains are just not cooperating. Here’s some advice: don’t do that. I understand that the word ‘break’ feels disgusting to the average workaholic. That content creators shrink away in disgust from the concept of ‘rest’. What is that? Is it a drink?

Let me put it this way. Take a day off to rest and spend the next three weeks pushing out magical content OR spend the whole day staring at an empty Word document with loose ideas for potential projects. And then spend the next day doing that. And the next day. And the next day.

The point is: it’s one day. One day to just regather your thoughts and realise that time is a figment of social construction – no, I’m joking about that part, do not take me seriously at all.

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2) Consume Creativity

Yes, I said rest. That doesn’t mean sleep all day. That doesn’t mean lie in bed and stare at the ceiling. That means make yourself a bubble bath surrounded with candles and listen to your favourite intellectually-stimulating podcast (I don’t know, I personally hate baths but different strokes for different folk). That means take a casual stroll through nature listening to neosoul, jazz, country – whatever it is that makes you see the world in colour. That means sit under your favourite tree and read a Chinese philosophy book.

Rest is important but your output is reflective of whatever your input is. The creative part of your brain is like a muscle that needs to keep being worked. You can exercise creativity simply by receiving it from others. In other words, you can be creative while resting.

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3) Be Creative for Fun

The best part about being a creative is that you love what you do. Your profession is literally a hobby. But when it’s something you make money from, or are working towards making money from, it can start to feel more like a full time job than your passion. So, whatever it is you do – whether you write, dance, make YouTube videos, design, draw – do it. But do it without the promise of gaining anything in return. Do it refusing to acknowledge that no one may ever see this painting, or this video, or hear this song. Or in fact, do it fully acknowledging and accepting that no one will ever see this painting, or this video, or hear this song. An artist doesn’t paint for the public, he paints for himself. This blog, this entire website; this is my outlet. It’s how I release myself when the other projects I’m working on get too over-whelming.

And I’d just like to stress that last part. I have other creative projects I’m working on. Always have projects you can gain money from or start a career from. I’m not against that at all. What I’m against is the idea that everything a creative produces must be for public gratification. Yes, we do turn our passions into businesses but before we were entrepreneurs, we were creatives. Remember that.

Live in Peace,

Kyra-Ann ईबी

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