We all face it. Whether you’re a writer, designer, artist, or any other type of creative. We sometimes hit that wall where coming up with fresh ideas seems impossible. These tips could just be the answer for you.
1. Move away from the topic for a minute
Some may say procrastination, but really, taking your mind away from the task in hand can actually open your thought process and could spark the idea you need. You might do this buy doodling, or writing a poem about something that happened in your day. Anything that gets pen to paper, or hand to keyboard I suppose is going to help you out. It’s going to give you some time to gather your thoughts, and something you might write or draw for simple entertainment could turn out to be the basis of your actual work.
2. See what’s going on
We don’t mean copy from someone else’s creativity. This is about your approach- taking the idea from someone else is not the way to go. I’m simply saying that seeing what others are doing within their work can be very helpful to give inspiration. For example, someone designs an awesome logo that you think would work really well for your project- go back to tip 1. Draw out some basic shapes that are based around it, play with the idea, and build on it. It doesn’t matter what way the idea may go, but what you’ve achieved is the jump between sitting there pondering where to start and actually getting some ideas down to come back to.
3. Choose the right soundtrack
Different people work differently of course, but personally, sticking on the right music can really spur some creativity. It’s up to you on the genre, but I tend to move towards more flowing, smooth music when designing, to reflect what I’m trying to achieve on the canvas. When writing, I tend to sway towards more lyrically based music. Give it a whirl, and see if it works for you. It may take a while to find the right choice for what you’re doing but once you’ve found what makes your creative juices flow, you’re halfway there.
4. Try switching things up
Sat at your desk? Go and sit somewhere else, get a different atmosphere, a new view or a different working position. I find when I need to think, this approach really gives me a bit of a kick in inspiration. It differs from the norm, which is exactly what creativity is all about. Maybe it’s to do with the task itself, maybe switching up how you work might work for you. If you’re always typing, or staring at a screen, take the original planning stages onto paper. Don’t be restricted on where you can sit because of a lack of power sockets. Take your work outside, write up some ideas or sketch some designs. You’ll be amazed at what a change of scenery can do.
These are all suggestions, of course. You need to find that balance of productivity and creativity yourself, but these might just help.