Creative blocks are common, but experiencing them can feel strangely uncommon and eerily isolating. You might sometimes believe that your favourite artists have an endless supply of ideas which they run to whenever a creative block threatens to emerge. It can be easy to beat yourself up for not having a similar backup. You might worry that you're just not fit to be an artist or that you're looking in all the wrong places. No matter what kind of doubts visit you, there are ways to deal with them without ruining your motivation.
Please remember that some of the sections in this article, like certain study methods, may not seem effective or appealing to you. Allow all of these points to guide you in the direction that feels most appropriate for you. There's no right or wrong way to do anything in the creative world. Ultimately, remaining open to all kinds of information is what will lead you out of your artistic slump. 🙂
Without further delay, here are four simple yet effective ways you can get over your creative block!
Your New Mantra: “It's a Temporary Phase”
Treat your inspiration like a garden. There will inevitably be times of drought when your plants will struggle or wilt. These phases of abundance and dryness are often determined by external factors which we can't fully control. However, we have a certain amount of control that can shorten or enhance specific periods of time. Think of the last time you felt a little down because of a small mishap. How quickly did the layer of gloom fade away? Would forcing yourself to be happy help during that time? Personally, small failures compel me to spend time in my sadness without exposing myself to cheerful content. Even though the disappointment might seem endless, a part of me knows (from experience) that it'll go away. Pressuring myself to be cheerful usually dampens my mood even more. What encourages me is the knowledge that this is a cycle. A lack of creativity, like a bad mood, won't last forever. Remember that no matter how uninspiring you feel, you're still an artist with a great mind who's capable of making the most amazing content.
Taissia is a professional photographer and educator.