We've all been artistically stymied at some point in our lives. Feeling uninspired in your life might result in creative block, or creative crisis, as I refer to it. It might manifest as a lack of clarity about your life's mission. Alternatively, creative crises can be used to justify not making time for your aspirations or activities. They are often followed by a period of intense activity and new ideas which then dissipate again.
When you experience a creative block, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Here are some common causes of artistic impediment and some possible solutions:
You're not being true to yourself. If you want to break out of your current rut, you need to be willing to face up to what is holding you back. This could be a fear of failure, or feeling like you don't know your purpose in life. Sometimes we don't know how good we have it until something bad happens, and then we realize that without this challenge, we would have nothing to work toward or strive for. You must find the courage within you to face these fears if you want to break out of your rut.
You need to take time out from your daily life. To create anything new, you first need to clear your mind of everything else. This means removing yourself from any kind of distraction. Shutting out the world isn't always easy but it's important to do so if you want to get things done.
8 Different Types of Creative Block (and What to Do About Them)
Too chaotic situations, as well as those that do not give support or quiet time for meditation and introspection, stifle creativity. More stumbling blocks and roadblocks arise as a result of:
Here are five ideas for getting through creative roadblocks.
There are several impediments to creativity. This is a brief description of the three primary realms of such blocks: the environment, other people, and, finally, oneself. "Blockbusting" is a term used to describe the process of breaking through creative blocks.
The first thing that can block our creativity is our environment. If we work in an environment that is not conducive to creativity, then even if we have the best of intentions, we will not be as successful at creating ideas as we could be. Some examples of environments that hinder creativity include: noisy places, with lots of distractions (such as people talking or phones ringing), with a strict time limit for presenting ideas, where only certain types of ideas are accepted (for example, no original concepts). If this is how you feel about going into work every day, try changing your job situation to one that is more conducive to creativity. For example, if being around so many people makes you feel pressured to come up with new ideas, then consider becoming a loner or working from home some days.
Other people also play a role in blocking our creativity. If someone else in the team is not allowing themselves to be creative, then they will make it difficult for us to be creative too.
Then there's fear, which is the most powerful impediment to pursuing creativity. Fear of rejection, humiliation, or failure Fear can impede us from being creatively driven, or even from attempting to think differently, take a risk, or be open to new experiences. Fear can keep us trapped in ruts, unable to see new possibilities or act on our ideas.
When we are afraid, we pull back from life and from our dreams. We hide away from our talents and from our abilities. We become less than we could be. We stop creating.
The only thing that keeps us alive is our talent for creation. If we never live up to our potential, if we never try to do something new or go somewhere no one has gone before, then we stop living and we stop breathing, but we don't stop being creative.
So, what stops being creative? Fear. Without fear, there is no limit to what you can create. You are free to be creative every day. So find out what you're afraid of and address those fears, and you'll find that you can continue being creative even when you aren't feeling it.