Monday, March 9, 2009

Creativity Tips: Breaking Creative Blocks

For the next few days, we're going to talk about creative blocks, and ways to break through. There are a variety of approaches and they don't universally work. Stick with us, experiment, and you'll find what works for you.

While our breakthroughs may be different, we do start in the same place: Accepting responsibility. The first step in breaking a creative block is simple.

Step 1
Put your big girl panties on and deal with it.

You know what you're dealing with. It could be anything from boredom to exhaustion to unemployment. Let's take that last option as an example. I know fabulously talented people who aren't bringing in a paycheck right now -- ranging from writers, designers and photographers to a Harvard-trained scientist.

If you're in that group, you have choices every day. You choose to be angry about the situation or excited about the possibilities. You choose to be out of work or looking for work. You choose to use your time off, or waste it.

Today, make the smart choice. Be a big girl. Because big girls kick blocks.


Mike Brown said...

Jan - Here's a really worthwhile post related to yours today on 5 things to do when you're out of work. They're all positive steps forward beyond sending out a bunch of resumes:



Emma said...

YES! This is so excellent, such a great point said so succinctly. I like you, lady.