We’ve all heard of writers block right? Can’t think of the perfect story to write, no matter how hard you try. Well, it turns out that anyone in the creative field can get blocks like that. I’m going to call this creators block. If you’ve hit a wall with your crafts, then this is the list for you. This is,
The Ultimate Guide to Fixing Creators Block
1) Go outside, take some pictures
Creativity can be hard to come by based off of the environment you’ve set yourself in. Maybe being stuck at the same old office has you feeling sucked of creativity, or maybe your preferred spot is at the kitchen table and the family is being loud. That probably means it’s time to get up and move, to get those creative juices flowing. Being outside can possibly fix the problem.
If you can’t get outside to take a walk because you’re babysitting the kids or something, at least try opening a window to let the fresh sunlight into the room. Bring yourself to a tranquil place and breathe. It may sound strange, but it can really work. And you need to try something right? Desperate times call for desperate measures!
If you are lucky enough to be able to get outside, go take a walk and take some pictures. Go to your nearest park and photograph pretty trees or flowers, talk about a historical place/ building in your town, your personal favorite hang out spots in town. The possibilities are endless. Make it a photoshoot. Me and my friend did something similar on a recent trip to a Jo Ann Fabrics store. We went in and did a photoshoot near the flowers. Anyone else remember that “Hobby Lobby Challenge” That went around on Facebook? it was so much fun and I think we failed, but who cares!
2) Go to your local craft store
Piggy-backing off of the last idea, go to your local craft store. This is probably one of the best (And most dangerous!) things to do. Walking through your favorite craft store can give you tons of ideas for what to do. Of course, that means you’ll probably want to buy the supplies for the craft but… that is why you came in the first place right?!
What I find helpful is talking to the workers in the craft store to get ideas, if they’re nice that is. I’m fortunate enough to have very helpful employees at the crafts store I always go to. I can’t tell you how many times I have walked into the store with half an idea, but no idea where to go with it or what materials to use. I used to go to an architecture school, and let me tell you, they gave us the weirdest projects sometimes. So I’d go in there and try my hardest to explain my ideas to them (The people at the hardware store also heard of my crazy adventures as well. And the printing places… Omg, the 2am trips to print!)
Anyway, back to the point. Likely, the people that work at the craft store also have an interest in crafts and they will probably be a good source to talk to. They’ll have their own perspective, ideas and knowledge of the craft supplies available in the store… Which means they can direct you to them. Seriously.. try it! What’s the worst that can happen?
We have all heard of Pinterst, and I think it has a very stereotypical feel around it. It’s mostly for women to use, right? The crafters, the bakers… you name it. Need some creative inspiration? Look no further than Pinterest.
But… let’s be real. Are they wrong? Like, seriously, name a better place to go than Pinterest for craft stuff. It’s one giant craft blog for everyone, if you think about it.
I’m an avid Pinterst-er myself (go figure right?) It’s where I get most of the ideas for my posts! If you’re out of ideas, you have to try Pinterest. It’s a goldmine for ideas!
4) Google blogs/ Instagram some ideas
If Pinterest doesn’t tickle your fancy, try Googling around for blogs or other things. (This blog seems like a good place to start 😉 ) There are millions of blogs out there with ton of creative ideas and people writing them, you’re bound to find something you like!)
5) Take inspiration from your own past work
Who knows your styles better than you do? No one! So why don’t you look at some of your past work to find inspiration. Maybe it was a project you love that you’d like to try to recreate in a different way. Or maybe it wasn’t one of your best works, but now that you’ve grown and improved, you see ways you’d like to change it and make it better. Doing this is a great way to not only come up with more ideas, but to also improve yourself as a crafter by critiquing your own work (Just don’t be too hard on yourself!)
And there you have it! There is 5 ideas for how to clear your creative block. I use quite a few of these ideas myself, so I know that they really do work. If you have any other advice or things that you do to come up with more ideas, feel free to leave them down in the comments below. I’d love to hear them!
Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you’ll stick around for more!
If you missed out on my last post, which was a more serious one, A Day in the Life of Depression you can go here to check that one out!
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