How to stay creative when you're feeling blocked

If you aren't observing and internalizing your surroundings, you might not be getting much inspiration.

It happens to everyone

Being creative is one of those things that has gotten a reputation for being sort of a gift - the Muse does or does not visit those who are worthy. But artists know it's a lot more work than that. Read on for some ideas about keeping creative juices flowing long after the M-word has departed.

Be bored

There are times when pushing yourself to complete a project and demanding creative genius from yourself can turn into burnout. It's much harder to come back from that state of being drained, miserable and un-confident than it is to force yourself to just walk away. Nothing else to do? GOOD. It's time to embrace being a little bored. Stare at a wall for a while.

 

Take a walk

When your body is occupied, your brain can kick into high gear. Taking a stroll in the fresh air outside will give you a new perspective and mix up your routine. This tried-and-true method is a favorite of writers especially, whose solitary pursuit can often become a practice of sitting at a computer and staring. Mix it up!

 

Do something in another creative field

If you've been running lines, try switching to sketching. Practicing the same section of a concerto for an hour? Sing a couple songs. You don't have to be amazing at the new endeavor, you just have to be switching your brain gears over to a new area of focus.

 

Be inspired

Much of art is about interpreting the world around you. If you aren't observing and internalizing your surroundings, you might not be getting much inspiration. You can also look at work by other artists you admire, whose level you aspire to reach, and aim to push yourself. Nothing wrong with a little healthy competition.

 

Call your grandma

Talk to her about your life, tell her about your projects. Of course, it doesn't have to be a grandma - it can be anyone who you know roots for you and is interested in seeing you succeed. The encouragement and unconditional support of a loved one will get you back on track in no time.