So as an artist or creative person it's not uncommon to find yourself feeling uninspired, or struggling to get your next project going. It's easy to let creative block hold you back and I've spent months at a time in the past not making anything. The thing is going into art school and just the art industry in general I know that you can't always just wait for inspiration to hit. So here are my tips for breaking your creative block, or at least making content even when you're not particularly inspired.
1. Brain Dump
You've probably heard this somewhere before but I stand by it. Sit down with no distractions for at least 30 minutes and let all your thoughts out. Use whatever medium works for you, write, draw, paint, whatever you prefer, and just go. Don't cut off any ideas or scap them because they're not good, just do whatever comes to mind. Afterwards, try developing the ideas, even if they're bad, just mess around with different concepts, get back into the practice of idea development and the creative process.
2. Give Yourself a Challenge
There are a bunch of creative block challenges you can do if you do a quick google search, but for the sake of keeping it simple, just give yourself a time limit and make something. Peter McKinnon, one of my favourite filmmakers and Youtubers based in Canada, has a cool video challenge called the b-roll challenge where you shoot for about 30 minutes, in one location, with one camera, and see what you can do. He explains it much better in this video, so if you're interested, watch it, but that kind of task can help you to practice your skills and exercise a bit of creativity.
3. Revisit Your Previous Work
Go through some of your older projects and see what you liked about them, or even what you'd improve on. This might get you thinking about something specific from a previous project that you'd like to focus on more. Or you could redo an old concept in a different way. I like to look specifically at projects I didn't execute as well as I would have liked, and focus on the element I struggled with, and how I can improve on it.
4. Ask Around
Ask your friends, family, classmates, anybody you know who may be interested in helping you come up with a new idea or concept to explore. Collaborating is always helpful for me when I'm feeling uninspired as you have somebody to bounce ideas off of, and a different person will always perceive things differently, and perhaps help you to see something from a different perspective. Just be careful with this that you don't unintentionally steal somebodies idea. Either use this help as inspiration only, or provide credit. Always get permission when using any part of somebody else's ideas.
5. Find Inspiration
On this same note, try getting inspiration from a number of sources. Refer back to your favourite artworks or films by anybody you are inspired by, or listen to music by your favourite artist, find styles and themes you like or want to explore further. I also like to make Pinterest mood boards that help me to find some direction of what I want to make. I talked about mood boards in my previous post about how to take self-portraits, but basically you can include colour palettes, movie still, photos, quotes and anything else that inspires you. But again, DON'T COPY PEOPLE PLEASE!!
6. Don't Overthink It
I find that one of the biggest reasons I struggle to get past creative block is because I am hyping up my next project too much. If you are constantly trying to make something amazingly perfect you won't get much done. I am extremely overcritical of my own work and so I'm always never satisfied with anything I make, but that shouldn't stop me from making more. I'm not trying to encourage anybody not to work hard, but don't beat yourself up over everything, know when to step away from something. I try to live by the quote 'Done is better than perfect' because for me that is very valid. If I made everything perfect it would never get done. Keep creating stuff, even bad stuff, and you'll start to get better at making good stuff.
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