Creativity can be draining. If you work in the realm of creativity, no matter what kind—you know this to be true. I get asked often, how do you prevent things like: writers block, lack of ideas, or being uninspired. There is no answer for this. If only there was a magic button that you can press and all your creativity will be turned on to 100%. For me, I need to get out. Take my mind off of things that are clouding my mind, such as writing. If I hit a wall, I don’t try to knock it down. It’s so much easier to walk around that “wall,” or find a rope and climb over. Knocking it over is physically draining (for the mind).
I find that if I try to force creativity (breaking down the “wall”), my ideas are not as solid as they can be—and it shows. Once I hit that “wall,” I get up and walk away. I’ll do something that inspires me. Watch a movie, read a book, and my number one form of “refueling” is going on an adventure or exploring. It’s good to get away. The image featured here is a photo of me in San Francisco. When this image was taken, I had literally nothing on my mind other than the beauty I was being surrounded by. It had nothing to do with my line of work, and that was important.
My advice, if you hit these “creativity” blocks—don’t force it. Get up, walk away. Do something that relaxes you. Come back, then hash at it again. Creativity can’t be forced, but it can be inspired.
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