How to deal with creative block

Published: 20 July, 2018

Categories: General

How to deal with creative block

Creative block is any designer’s worst nightmare, which is known to affect work, performance, well-being or even all three! So, how does one deal with a creative block and is it possible to wake up from this nightmare? Before we discuss techniques to deal with creative block, the question that needs to be asked is, ‘why do we suffer from a creative block?’

There are multiple causes that can lead to a creative block and causes can vary from person to person. Most common causes those who are experiencing financial difficulties, a break-up, losing someone, self-criticism, aiming for perfection, anxiety, self-doubt, or even being overworked. Creative block can be caused by one, or a combination of these factors. As the cause can vary, so can the duration. People can experience creative block for a few hours, a couple of days and in some cases up to a month.

How do we deal with creative block?  

The most important step is to identify the factors that are causing a creative block. Once the initial cause is detected, it provides the individual with a clear steer on finding a solution. Here are a few handy tips that we have picked up along the way:

  • Alter your typical routine; perhaps by introducing your non-dominant hand into your drawings or sketches for a day
  • Discover new surroundings, finding a new scenery can lead to art inspiration
  • Isolate yourself from common distractions such as your computer or phone
  • Explore pursue different avenues, do some research of different cultures or another discipline which may just help unblock your creative thinking

The most important thing to remember is that a creative block doesn't last forever, you just need to identify the issue and use the right tool break the barrier!

Written by

Sonja Truter