Overcoming Creative Block

It’s crunch time, the deadline is fast approaching, and your mind refuses to give you anything useful. The clock is against you, and so too, it seems, is your mind. What can you do? What are you going to tell your client? They hired you to be creative, and you’re not fulfilling your end of the deal, now your reputation and your money are on the line, and your mind refuses to help you, though it knows exactly how much you need it to cooperate.

We have all been there at some point; and if you haven’t, you have a huge community of artists and writers who hate you right now.

For the rest of us, there is good news: you are not alone! This is probably the biggest problem faced by anyone in the creative field.

I know, for me, the best thing I can do is  get up, refresh my caffeine supply, stretch, and maybe even go outside for a breath of air. Taking a break and refusing to think of my problem during said break is what works best for me.

If that doesn’t work, I will go to some other design websites and see what is going on in the design-o-sphere. More often than not, looking at another designer’s work is a great way to get some creative juices flowing (Just be sure not to steal their juice. Marketing someone else’s juice as your own is bad form).

I’m curious though, what are some things you do to overcome your block? Comment and let me know!

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Colby is a Graphic Designer based in Mobile, Al. He has over 7 years of freelance experience, and is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design at Full Sail University.

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