Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Creativity Tips: Take a Step Back

As part of our quick series on kicking creative blocks, I want to explore one of my favorite breakthroughs: regression.

In true Creative Instigation spirit, I'm stealing the idea. My friend Bud is a wonderful photographer who recently started shooting portraits in a northlight studio, using only natural light.

Apply his idea to your creative block: Find your true north.

If you're a writer, step away from the computer. Grab a pen. If you're a cook, turn off the Food Network. Make your mother's favorite recipe for dinner.* If you sew, back away from the seven million stitches available on your fancy machine. Pick up a needle.

The different approach will make a difference. Step back, and you'll move forward.

*Seriously. What dish did your mom make that you really loved? And when was the last time you had it?

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