Creative block or writers block, whatever name you give it, it’s a pain. If you’re a creative and you haven’t ever had a block, your lucky, if like most you do experience this type of frustration then a recent article by Point Blank may help.
Mostly aimed at those of you who work with audio, it will still provide some useful advice to anyone working in the creative industries.
Our personal favourite tip is this:
So, you’ve reached an impasse. Perhaps you have the germ of an idea but you don’t know how to nurture or develop it. What you really want is something to kick-start the process, ideally taking your idea off in a direction you might not have considered, to get the creative juices flowing once more. But if you’re out of ideas, how on earth are you going to develop new ones, particular ones out of left-field. Brian Eno’s ‘Oblique Strategies’ are one example of how ‘random’ advice can sometimes help. They’re effectively a series of playing cards from which one can be chosen randomly whenever you’re stuck.
‘Retrace your steps’, ‘make an exhaustive list of everything you might do and do the last thing on the list’ and ‘don’t be frightened of clichés’ are but three of a large collection. Select one at random and force yourself to do whatever it says. You may well end up somewhere unexpected and that, in itself, might overcome your creative speed-bump. You can always add to Eno’s cards with ones of your own. There’s an online version here if you can’t find the original set.
Check out the full article here.