4 Weird Ways to Crush a Creative Block

You know the moment. After doing everything you can to avoid your work, you finally sit down to write, paint, design, or otherwise create something. The coffee is steaming next to you. The dog is curled nearby. Everything is in order.

But nothing happens. Nada. Zilch.

The blasted curser blinks at you. The blank canvas stares back. The page sits there, lined and empty.

What do you do? Here are a few ideas…

1. Change the setting

As creative types we are, ironically, creatures of habit. We tend to like our workspace just so. We know where the creative magic happened in the past so we try to re-create the moment. Sometimes, you just need a change of scenery. Try moving the studio to the garage or writing from the deck or working at the Waffle House. You just might be surprised.

2. Get your blood pumping

Numerous studies have shown that just getting your blood pumping can trigger endorphins that trigger synapses in our brains that lead to new ideas. Go for a walk, do some pushups, do something active. Einstein took long walks to solve problems and get new ideas. So did Beethoven.

3. Try a new setlist

Just changing the music you listen to when you create can make a big difference. The best music for creativity? Most studies say Mozart or Bach. Pretty good inspiration. Or if you’re like me, nothing beats a set list from epic movie scores. Cliche, but it works.

4. Get alone

One of the most common practices of the world’s greatest creatives is solitude. Picasso once said, “Without great solitude no serious work is possible.” Nikola Tesla argued that being alone was the secret to his inventions. Get away from the noise.

How about you? What do you do when you hit a creative block? Reply in the comments below.

  • http://agarogala.pl/ Aga Rogala

    Thanks, John. Right now I’m exactly in this moment thinking: “why, the hell, all of my ideas are still sleeping, while I had to get up earlier to write at least one note for my blog?” Greetings from Poland :)

  • John Bolin

    Hey, Aga. Thanks for the comment. Hope today is a productive writing day for you.