3 Truths About "Creative Freedom"

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If you're a creative person, you know the feeling of creative block all too well. That feeling when you just can't seem to come up with any good ideas, no matter how hard you try. If you're experiencing creative block, don't worry - you're not alone.

In this blog post, we'll explore some of the causes of creative block, and some ways to overcome it.


3 Truths About Creativity

  • The causes of creative block are varied and complex (aka there's nothing wrong with you).

  • There are many ways to overcome creative block. 

  • It's important crucial to take breaks.


Creative freedom alone won’t generate new ideas. A good question to ask yourself is “What idea am I trying to generate?”. Once you have a goal in mind, you can start to narrow your focus and explore different ways to achieve that goal. Let’s look at an example.

The question “What should I paint?” is way too broad and won’t help to generate specific ideas. To get the creative wheels turning, try to narrow your focus. For example, “Is this meaningful to me?” or “What colors am I drawn to today?”. While those questions are still broad, they're narrowing in on what actually matters to you, weaving you more into your project before it begins. It may seem counterintuitive to not simply ask  a frenetic pace of questions. To encourage the flow state, simplify your experience and remove unnecessary distractions.


The causes of creative block are varied and complex

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of what causes creative block. There are a few common culprits.



One is fear - fear of failure, fear of criticism, or fear of the unknown. This can be especially true if you're working on something new or outside of your comfort zone.



Another common cause of creative block is perfectionism. If you're striving for perfection, it can be tough to get started. Many creative people often struggle with perfectionism. In order to make something perfect, they often put too much pressure on themselves. This leads to a lot of stress which causes a lot of anxiety and depression. It also leads to a lack of motivation and a feeling of not being able to do anything. If you are struggling with a creative block, you should try to find a different way to approach the problem. You should also try to avoid putting too much pressure on yourself and focus on the task at hand.


Lack of direction

For some people, it may be a lack of inspiration or motivation. Some people believe that creative freedom is essential for creative thinking. They argue that it allows your mind to explore different possibilities and come up with new ideas.


Time for myth busting! Not having direction can actually be detrimental to creative thinking. It can lead to frustration and a feeling of being lost, not knowing where or how to start. When you are faced with a lack of direction, you will be unable to find a creative solution to your problem, and this can lead to a more long-term creative block.



When you are working on your creative project, it is easy to become distracted by other things. You may get bored with the subject you are working on and start to feel uninspired. This can happen for a number of reasons. One cause is that you have not yet found the direction for your project. Another reason is that you may be trying to work on a project that is too big for one sitting. When you are working on a big project, you may need to break it down into smaller pieces. This will help you to stay focused on the project and not get bored. Lastly, it is important to make sure that you are working on a project that you are passionate about. If you are not passionate about your project, what’s the point?!



And for some, it may simply be a feeling of not having the right tools or resources.

Whatever the cause, creative block can be a frustrating and discouraging experience. But it doesn't have to be permanent. There are a number of things you can do to break through your creative block and start producing great work again.


Whether you’re want to be productive or creative, turn off your phone, close your gmail tabs, (or follow this method), set a timer, and put away anything that could distract you. Keep it moving. Once you’ve arrived, try to keep ideas flowing. Just as well, don't forget to take breaks! Look at the clock throughout the week to see how you’re fully enjoying your most productive hours.



Want a little boost? Take my free 10-day sketchbook challenge! It might be just what you need to kick off your creativity again.