“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” –Voltaire
When pursuing any creative endeavor, it’s common to experience a moment where the creative juices seem to stop flowing. And when that happens, the production of art can grind to a complete stop.
Having experienced this way more times than I can count, I started to read and experiment with ways to combat this phenomenon. Here are my top 3 ways to break the block.
- I mentioned this briefly before, but one simple way to get past the deadlock is to simply power through it. Write something. Write anything. A word can quickly turn into a sentence. Action creates momentum.
- Go for a walk. It sounds too easy to be true, but it’s quite obvious if you think about it. Sometimes we get burned out staring at screens and absorbing information all day. Walking comes as naturally to us as breathing, allowing our brains to work without taxing them. It’s why our best ideas seem to come in the shower too.
- Try switching between art forms. If you play the piano, paint something. If you work with clay, write a poem. The idea is that by using different parts of your brain, you’ll come up with ideas you wouldn’t normally have. Einstein was a violinist. In working with his instrument, it often helped him mull over his scientific theories.