How To Overcome Creative Blocks

Having a creative block is one of the most frustrating experiences that can happen to anyone who has to (or wants to) create. There are ways of getting past it — lots of ways, in fact — and here is how one YouTuber does it.

You might wonder why a YouTuber is relevant to this discussion, but it is they who can often struggle the most with creative blocks. When you're an amateur or an enthusiast, creating when you fancy, creative blocks don't really affect you. However, when your livelihood depends on being able to consistently create even when you don't feel like it — especially when you don't feel like it — then they become a serious problem. I'll offer one of my favorite quotes on creativity here, by painter Chuck Close:

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.

So, how do you get past a creative block? Cody Wanner discusses some of his methods in this video. For me, I choose to go for a run or a walk and listen to a podcast. I find that learning about a subject often sparks ideas in my own work, regardless of how disparate the two topics might be. I try to widen my bubble of information as much as possible and that often greases the gears.

What do you do when you're met with a creative block?

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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