Tips on Breaking the Creative Block
- Mary Baker
Thereís no question that creating anything is hard to do. Here are some tips if you find yourself creatively blocked.
∑ Set a goal
Set a goal for yourself. For example, it could be to write one poem, one short story, to paint two small paintings or create three works of art. Donít make the goal too big.
∑ Set a time table
Give yourself a time when you want your goal to be completed. There is nothing like a deadline to help you get things done. You can tell people about the deadline or keep the information to yourself. Donít make the time table too unrealistic.
∑ One step at a time
Baby steps get you to the top of the mountain. If you manage to do one small thing towards your creative goal each day, you will be amazed at how fast you can accomplished it. Ask yourself what is the next step and then do it.
∑ If it isnít working stop
If you are working on a creative project and you donít know what to do, stop and do something else; it can be anythingóthe laundry, mow the lawn, work in the garage. When you come back to the project, you will probably have the answer to what was blocking you.
∑ Progress not perfection
If you donít expect to create the perfect project, it will take off a lot of pressure. It will make it easier to accomplish what you have set out to do and the process will be a lot more enjoyable.
∑ Easy does it
If you donít create exactly what youíve set out to do, donít worry. Ask yourself the question ďhow important is it?Ē. It will help you get things in perspective.
∑ Donít worry about the other guy
Donít worry about what anyone else is doing. Keep the focus on yourself and what you want to accomplish, it will help you to go forward instead of getting stuck.
∑ Just do it
Donít talk about it, donít worry about itójust do it, one step at a time until whatever you have set out to do, gets done.
© Mary Baker May, 2005
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Baker is a professional artist, whose studio is in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The artist is known for her crisp realistic oil paintings. You can visit her website, Mary Baker Art, at http://www.marybakerart.com , see her paintings and read her comments on the creative journey, the creative process, breaking the creative block and creative spaceóthe illuminating silence.