The irony of this article is that it took me about 1 week to finally get to write this piece. But luckily I have managed to come to 3 conclusive antidotes on how to get rid of this creative block (who clearly can’t take a hint no one needs it) that blocks our minds from all our creative visions.
You may think..
What is this?
Is there a store where I can buy some sort of repellent to this?
Is this contagious?
If you enjoy writing or any sort of artistic activity you may be familiar with this creative block commonly known as that distinctive feeling that may seem like eternity and that perhaps you have mentioned to your doctor because you are pretty sure your brain took a vacation to Jamaica.
However the text below may differ to that theory and that in fact this is not the case as I have experienced this numerous times.
Creativity may spark up at any given time. That is the reason why sometimes creativity or “Vity” as I call it, crosses over to my bad side. Has it ever happened to you, that you are almost on the verge of falling asleep but at the same time about 1000 thoughts are crossing through your mind? Somehow in my case, that is the time when all of my creative juices decide to have a party. Suddenly I begin thinking of heaps of writing pieces ideas that didn’t happen to make an appearance in the daytime !!!
This can happen at any time trust me. What truly matters is that you pounce precisely on that moment or any given chance where your brain starts to flow and your imagination explodes. Yes, I have stayed up at late hours of the night to write. If you don’t you will probably forget later on or your motivation won’t be as strong. I actually live for these moments to happen frequently to me (even though they happen late at night). I just love it when I’m suddenly feeling creative and have heaps of motivation to do many things. Which leads me to my first point out of the three on how to get your creative juices flowing….
- Learn how your mind works – Just as models have to learn how to move their body during photo shoots, just as athletes have to learn which parts of their body work in their favor while playing a sport, artistic souls have to learn as well. Learning how your mind works opens the door to many new ideas. Study what makes that switch turn on. It may be harder for some (like me) but it may be a piece of cake to others. What I have noticed is that blogging on Tumblr is one of my major sources for my creativity to spark up. Whenever I see a picture or a quote I suddenly start thinking of ideas for writing pieces. However, I still haven’t mastered the way my mind works, my thoughts are literally all over the place 100% of the time. Imagine a boy’s messy room up in my brain. Not Fun. It may take time, but I will make it my goal to make this happen as I don’t enjoy staying up until 3:00 am.
- Be in a quiet atmosphere – I have come to a realization while writing this article that maybe one of the reasons that most of my ideas come in the night-time, is the fact that it is completely quiet except for the fact of rain drizzling or cars passing by at some times. Whenever you are determined to get your creative juices flowing, I recommend being somewhere where there isn’t much noise. I can usually write with music on, but that is mostly when my ideas are sky-high and just come rolling as I’m typing. If you’re having trouble focusing some of my favorite websites that help me really focus while writing are rainymood and coffitivity. I absolutely adore both, but if I had to choose I would say coffitivity is my favorite because when I found out about it, it was my absolute lifesaver. I used to spend about 99% of my time in coffee shops simply because of the effect it had on my mind. Never did it occur to me it was because of sound in my surroundings. Whoever invented this is a complete genius.
- Brainstorm – Yeah that annoying thing your English teacher makes you do before you write a paper. I used to be one of the MANY people who hated doing this step. I wanted to actually get to the part where you start writing the paper. But as I was (practically forced) to learn, as I was making one of these brainstorm “webs” (you can’t really pretend to be doing them if your teacher is staring right at you) is that not only do they help your brain go into a creative mode, but it helps your ideas expand. What might have been a branch of an idea you had at the beginning, might transform into a tree by the time you’re done. I usually end up going for the idea that sparks up when my thoughts are going crazy, towards the end. Overall doing brainstorms like these helps me to gather my thoughts into place.
Hope these helped get your creative juices flowing! Let me know if they did or what you think are some other good ideas to boost creativity. Always love learning new things.
Words by Grecia V. // Photography by Juliette Bélanger.
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