Is there an artist who’s never got lost in the middle of everything — with no ideas and further plan? Well, I have a few names on my mind. However, facing a creative block is absolutely fine, and you are likely to come down with it regularly. So the problem is not how to avoid, but how to deal with.
Intense writing routine I live in has helped me elaborate quite a program of staying creatively effective most of the time. Sounds like I’ll arise some motivational/inspirational topic, but instead there will be 4 practices I’ve got used to. Just don’t the designers do exactly the same thing?
Never stop writing
That’s the most obvious, but very useful, especially when you don’t have much experience, and it’s not critical how you acquire it.
As I started, I was daily charged with products descriptions for a freebie blog. Designed texts for newsletters and promo campaigns. Supported team fellows with their projects anytime they needed a copy and also did lots of translation. And that’s only about the in-office hours.
Now, when I’ve focused on The Designest, there is less work of the kind — so I come to extra writing practice to stay filled with worthy plot and verbal ideas. It’s either writing exercises from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto series or some random sketching. Up to diary notes or fan-fiction to the film or book I particularly enjoyed.
The point of this keep-doing is to retain the emotional uplift and polish the skill. The more you write/design/draw, the easier it gets to overcome a block.
Don’t get surprised, sometimes there is no other way but not to do anything at all. I may feel stressed, tired, messy — or it may be not the very best day for anything creativity-related. So I avoid forcing myself to invent content and switch to a different activity.
Sorting the emails, reading something (that’s very efficient) or browsing Pinterest is perfect for catching a break. When working from home, I can even do some home chores, since I find the process relaxing and enjoyable. Any pause your afford to the brain when stuck is a good remedy.
But what’s as important as this (for me) is not to make notes of any worthy ideas before changing an activity. ‘Cause if they were worthy, would I be there with a creative block? 100% I’ll find them idiot, as I set back. As for you, you should try both variants to see which of them takes you down and which doesn’t.
Read blogs or whatever
I mean not anything you like here but something relevant to the current project. That’s important, and you can try it while taking a constrained brake. Or, if a designer, browse your colleagues’ works, check some fine portfolios or case studies. Choose yourself.
This practice works well if I can’t find the right words (ohhh, that feeling, love it). So I may not even complete an article, but find a terrific word or expression and build a passage around it. Or even a text. Or turn this into an anti-block weapon and occasionally use it to refresh the writing.
Talk to people
Frankly, I’m not so very sociable 🤷🏼♀️, but still never pass it up, as people — guess what — are the best source of outstanding ideas. Just believe me.
So once I’m out of arguments or don’t feel confident about the matter of writing I reach out to my surrounding with ‘How do you like the Captain Marvel website?’ And get back with my notepad full of source material to use in work.
Everyone’s different, and creatives with strong communicative skills (I envy you, folks) can address anyone they like. Or if you’re right like me, you can pick a few people to come to when you are empty.
In my case it’s my husband, who is always acting as an idea machine. Sort his ideas into 1) very weird, 2) weird, 3) banal, 4) fine, 5) that’s genius! categories and get them to work. I particularly enjoy he’s neither a writer nor designer, so he is my sponsor of an outside perspective.
I would be thrilled to know you do writing like me and find any of my fav practices new and helpful. And I would be even happier to know you do a different kind of creative (or not) craft and will involve them into your workflow to get more productive.
All in all, remember that a creative block never means you are not talented or going in the wrong direction. Instead, it’s very natural, so you don’t have to torment yourself, but try to find something that pushes you and switches on the creative thinking.