Ten super-quick fixes for creative block

Whatever your field, you are almost guaranteed to hit some sort of mental block at some point. You know the ones – suddenly, defrosting the freezer or reorganising your bathroom cabinet becomes the top priority on your to-do list.

However, there’s no need to panic. Just because you’ve hit a block doesn’t mean that you’ve lost your abilities or that you’ll never be inspired again.

Here are a few quick fixes which just might spur you into action again:

1. Get outside – go and take a walk in the great outdoors. There isn’t much fresh air and exercise can’t cure and at this time of year, with the leaves turning red and orange, and the smell of woodsmoke in the air, you can’t fail to be inspired.

2. Change your medium – if you usually work in oils with a palette knife, why not try working in watercolour? Likewise, if you usually create music with a computer, try picking up an instrument and noodle away on that for a bit.

3. See what other people are doing – go and visit a few exhibitions, or look out for open studio events in your area.

4. Use the time for planning – accept the fact that everyone has fallow periods and use the extra time for reorganising your workspace and planning your activity for the next few months.

5. Go somewhere new – try visiting a town you’ve never been to, or exploring an unknown part of your own city. Don’t forget to take a camera or your sketchbook with you!

6. Do it badly – Give yourself free rein to create the worst possible piece of art you can. There is only one rule here, it must be HORRID.

7. Capture your breakfast – every single morning do a quick sketch or photograph of your breakfast. An odd one but I think you’ll find it works a treat!

8. A trip down memory lane – have a look through your old half-finished projects and pick one of them up again. This prevents the fear of starting with an empty page.

9. Read a book – books change things. Whether you’re poring over a glossy art book or reading up on technique, you’re bound to find something to get your creative juices flowing again.

10. Impose a ban – force yourself not to work at all for a week. By the time it’s over you’ll be itching to get back to work.

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