Whether you are a writer, a visual artist or a performer, you’ve probably had the experience of feeling stuck. The metaphor of ‘staring at a blank page’ is often used to symbolise the inner critic stifling creativity. Thoughts like ‘I don’t know what to do” or ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I don’t have the time’ can get in the way of creativity. One way of dealing with this is to try something completely different from what you usually do.
Here are some suggestions which might get your creative energy flowing again:
- Use a new medium to explore what it can do without having expectations of a finished artwork.
- Grab a pen and a piece of paper and write down a discussion with your inner critic. Ask it why it is inhibiting you, and then write down the response from your inner critic. Keep the dialogue going quickly, without considering what you are writing. Keep writing for 5 minutes without stopping at all. if you don’t know what to write, just write “I don’t know what to write’ and ideas will come to you. You may discover an unconscious block when you read through what you have written.
- Set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes and create without stopping to consider what you are doing. Use materials you have around the house to create new effects and textures.
- Look at, or listen to, artists which inspire you. Music, poetry, photography, sculpture, paintings and performances. Capture the elements of inspiration and apply them to your own work. This might be something tiny, such as a leaf, or it may be a tone or colour. Hold onto it and expand it in your own style.
- Try working in a style diametrically opposite to your own. If you work in detail, try large loose abstracts, if love colour, try working in monotone, Give yourself permission to play.
The ideas above are just a start. They are all focussed on shifting your perspective. You may have your own method of becoming ‘unstuck’ which can help other artists. What are they? Let us know in the comments below this post.
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