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  • Bryce Runyan

Creative Roadblocks

If you're creatively inclined, you've probably run into the block. Artist's block, writer's block, you name it. We hit a plateau or we lose inspiration, and it causes frustration. When you're a creator, and cannot create, it drives you nuts! How do we get around the blocks, and how do we re-inspire ourselves?

When you try to find ways to inspire the creation, it's easy to find results that tell you to go outside, listen to music, maybe read a book. This is good advice, but sometimes it can be less than helpful if you've already tried that. So what then? It's not easy, but you have to accept that you're not feeling creative. If you try to avoid the block, you may overwhelm or overstimulate yourself. It's okay to not create all the time, and you don't have to force yourself to produce stuff.

When you're ready to create, you might still be out of ideas. It never hurts to brainstorm ideas or create things that might be seen as low-quality to you. Sometimes you can power through the stagnation, but other times, you may have to try to lessen the block. And by that, of course, I mean find inspiration. Sometimes that means finding a space that keeps your mind clear or joining a writing group to give yourself some new perspectives. It could also be using writing prompts, reading new genres, or reminding yourself why you wanted to start writing to begin with.

It can be difficult to overcome the block, but there's no reason to fight it. Though it can be your enemy, it can also be a good way to inspire yourself all over again. Sometimes, you just need a break from the constant flow of creation. There's no shame in not creating, and you might find some new ideas by taking a breather.

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