Sometimes being creative is hard work and right now, I’m suffering from a massive creative block. To be honest, “right now” means that I hardly shot anything for weeks now. It started around christmas, being to tired for all the photography stuff. Then I shot a little bit in January, was very pleased with the results and then again – nothing. Well, it is what it is, you can’t force creativity. But over the years, I found a few strategies to boost my creativity again. They don’t always work but most of the time, they do.
- Go for a walk
Don’t take any art supplies with you. You’ll be astonished how many things you see and recognize when you don’t feel the pressure to create or press the shutter.
- Keep an idea book and jot down any idea before it slips your mind.
- Visit news places
Where have you never been before? Take a walk through an unknown city district or – and here comes the uber-advice – travel!
- Try something new
If you go to work by car, take the train or ride your bike. Get your groceries at a different shop, buy a magazine you don’t know.
- Browse Pinterest
I love Pinterest. Not only to save great content but also to discover photography, nice art, stuff I like and – yes – recipes.
- Start with anything
Sometimes it helps to do anything, related with the creative process. Clean the brushes, buy new paper, develop a film and don’t feel the pressure to scan all the negatives once the roll is developed.
- Meet other creative people
This one always works for me! After a casual meeting with other photographers, I’m always eager to create new stuff.
- Stupid binge-watching
My favorite. You are not productive at all! After one or two seasons of any TV series, my brain gets so bored, that I have to do something useful. (Except if I watch The Walking Dead, House of Cards or Penny Dreadful – then my brain is totally fine with doing nothing.)
If nothing helps, let it be. Sometimes your mind just needs a break – and that’s totally fine.