How to Overcome Creative Block?

creative block

The creative block has become a problem for many people in various professions. It is a condition where a person becomes creatively slow and cannot make a new work. People who suffer from this condition feel that they cannot write or think of something from their minds, whether it is about original ideas. This uncomfortable state of mind might cause an emotional instability that will negatively impact work productivity even further. It has been often stated that creative block might have a prolonged effect that lasts for days or even years.

There have been recounts and documents about how creative block affected famous people and professionals throughout history, even though the term is known later. Each profession usually has its way of addressing creative block, and one of the most common is “writer’s block” for writers or “blank canvas syndrome” among artists and designers.

Before we go into the solutions for this condition, it is also essential to know the creative block’s cause. It is because not all creative blocks are started from the same problem. We can adequately think and choose the possible solution to our specific creative block type in this manner.

Mental barrier

In this case, the person usually makes assumptions and the possibility of a goal limiting our options. We want to write down several paragraphs that explain our own fictional character’s personality. Suddenly, at different times. We focus on designing the world first merely because it is more fundamentally important than a mere character description. It will repeat until we are too confused about which one is the priority. We are overly critical with our minds.

Emotional barrier

One word that resonates well with this type of problem is probably fear. Whether writing, painting, singing, or dancing, we enter into a territory that we are not familiar with. It brings anxiety and fear, especially if we try to show what we do to others. Did you feel so nervous before you even began your first public speech? That might be one of these types of cases. We are too concerned with “what will happen,” and we form a self-resistance known as fear.

Personal adversities

How do we even start working correctly if we have things in our real life that take our attention much more than our goal? The death of a relative, dealing with abusive partners, or even health problems takes a toll on our minds, and we are in no position to work effectively with those circumstances around. The worst possibility is that these problems could come simultaneously and how unfortunate that would be.

Ineffective work attitude

When someone puts up a routine, it does not mean we will also be able to do it to the same extent. The creative process might not suit us, yet we are still trying to do it, exhausting ourselves in a deceiving self-belief that it is all a matter of adjustments. Or perhaps, you have other daily routines that intersect with your profession. You sleep too late only to wake up so late that you barely have the time to begin your regular activities before doing your work. This habit will create a sense of suffocation and rush, limiting the brain’s ability to do creative thinking.

Overwhelming projects

A song entitled “Too Much is Never Enough” by Florence + The Machine, but we all know that too much is not correct. We put ourselves in a situation where many demands and information surround us. In other words, we work too hard. It is increasingly difficult to focus on your particular work if you are all over and too tired to continue after finishing only one where the rest awaits.

After looking at several examples above, we can try to look at some solutions that we can do to counter these causes that lead to creative block. There could be many other exceptional cases beyond the scope we have given to you. Below are the possible ways you can do to overcome creative block:

Find new inspiration and perspective

We are fed up with assumptions while getting stuck in an endless cycle of limiting ourselves. Then, it is time for us to start fresh and renew our view. Go outside, read a new book, or watch a movie that can trigger an idea that pops out an “oh hey…” to you. If it is also possible, find someone with who you can have a discussion and ask for feedback without them merely keeping agreeing to your point of view all the time. It will also become a form of self-evaluation to identify your weakness and utilize your superior attribute.

Learn to deal with fears

The emotional barrier in the creative block is one of the most common ones to be found in society, yet it has a simple solution to find. We learn this one the hard way. There might be many things that can help you with it, such as motivation counsel from others or personal training, but in the end, we will face the very fear itself. Stop being paralyzed with the “what if…” questions and do something to see its end. When that already happens, you can start talking to yourself through it and reward yourself with clarity of the work you have finally done. Of all things, you might also want to remember again why you start doing your creative work in the first place.

Learn about time management

If we get used to less important matters, we must learn to prioritize. Identify which one we must do first and which one can come later. We then arrange them as a recurring schedule. Of course, we are in charge of balancing the time for our responsibilities and our needs. Don’t overwork ourselves to spare a few times in a day to take a break. Even if you have accidental events, it would be much easier to manage your schedule and fit them incorrectly if needed when you have neat time management.

Find the time to deal with personal problems

Among many issues in creative thinking, we only have a few solutions for this particular one. You take a break from your work and focus on the adversities that you need to deal with. Do whatever you can in your power to solve things calmly, and if you cannot, find help from family, friends, or professionals. It seems possible to fix personal problems during creative thinking by coping with the pain until you finish your work. The former, of course, is much more favorable even though it might cost you your time. Either way, you do things for your good. Make a count of the choice you make when you commit to that option.

Know when to say no to requests

If this is your leading problem, we need to selectively choose the demands and those we matter to the most. Our hands are full, but other requests keep coming at you? Say no. Do not be fooled with your facade of reliability. We are not a computer, and we limit the sheer amount of work we can take. If we know how to refuse others’ demands politely, we will show them that we have a degree of self-worthiness and privilege. It also gives us enough space to recollect our thoughts about our creative work. Be honest with your clients about it, and you will do much better.

Learn to improve your social networking skills

This solution relates to creative workings where we work with a partner or in a team of multiple participants. No matter how we look at it, we need to learn communication skills for this situation. Introvert or extrovert is not a reason to shut ourselves from the world if we strive to succeed. There will also be a benefit where you can influence others with your perspective showing that you have an idea worth mentioning without fear of rejection. Even if they reject it, be open to criticism and humble yourself. Please take a look at where the disagreement occurs and solve it together.

Train yourself with new skills to refresh

Improving the skills that stand out to refresh your mind are a great way to bolster your resume, especially when taking the initiative to develop yourself. You can surf anything on the internet these days. Many other websites are given to teaching specific skill-sets like Coursera, Udemy, or edX. Learning how to be a PowerPoint designer in creating free PowerPoint templates can add your experience to your portfolios. You’ll demonstrate versatility and creativity.


All points mentioned above are general notions that we often encounter in the actual process of creative working, whether it is writing or others. Something that we think is worth mentioning is that creative block is common and quite normal among us. Once again, the creative block appears depending on one’s issue with it, and the solution is also unique to each and sometimes related to one another. In the end, what matters is how we overcome it, and we hope this article provides you with a bit of help to deal with your creative block.


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