If you're a content creator; writer, musician, animator, designer etc, you will know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. It's that horrendous period of time where all the ideas your brain cooks up range from completely awful, right through to non-existent.
When your job or main hobbies involve constantly flowing with creative ideas or projects, it's normal that you're going to hit a wall from time to time. 

And although I've encountered this far too many times than I'd wish to, I'm slowly learning that it isn't such a bad thing *gasp*. Rather than pressuring my precious brain to work harder, I've recently come to realise that sometimes creators block is a small sign to slow down and refresh. Here are a few things I like to do or ask myself whenever I hit a wall...

Take a step back

Have I been working or trying too hard? Do I need a break? 

Ideas block is a bit of a scary thing because it means slowing down from the daily grind. It means pausing to listen to what your body and mind is saying. Last time I had one of those moments I discovered that I'd actually lost a lot of passion for what I was writing and creating. However it wasn't until I couldn't think of any more ideas that I realised this. It made me re-evaluate my motives and pushed me to remember why I started writing in the first place; for the simple love of communicating and creating something new.
Which brings me on to the next point...

Refreshing Your Goals + Passion

What is the message or purpose for what I'm making/playing/writing/blogging/designing? Do I have one + do I believe in it? 
If no one ever saw my work, would I still enjoy the process of creating?

Maybe you love giving people advice, or simply creating to inspire others. Maybe it's a stress outlet or a way you want to change the world. When you strip away all the 'trying' and remove pressure from the equation, do you feel your work has a positive fulfilling purpose? We live in a society where a lot of what we do is intended to impress or receive affirmation from other people. So much so, that when our work doesn't receive the compliments we desire, it leaves us feeling down and disappointed. This pressure can be a massive contribution to the dreaded ideas block.

I feel like it's so much easier to be motivated when you have a personal reason or a goal for what you do. For me, having a goal or a purpose actually makes me excited to start creating because I know it's for a reason I'm passionate about. 
A good place to start is to brainstorm goals you have, listing reasons you love doing what you do, or even making a vision board!

Experience life

I love what I do, but I just can't think of any more ideas?!

Last time I had creators block I took a bit of a break (just over a month). The idea of pausing and focussing on other things completely freaked me out. Would I fall behind and never jump back on the work train? I didn't know, but I did know that I had to do something.
So during this time I read more, I studied, spent more time with loved ones, prayed, had a peaceful mini break out of the city (and spent some days sat in PJ's watching Come Dine With Me). All of these things combined inspired me in some way. It brought me outside of my work bubble and gave me time to soak up my surroundings. 
From this place, I was able to naturally start writing and filming again. Having time out to experience 'life' sparked many different ideas; ones that I actually cared about.

I'm a firm believer that you output what you take in. If you want to create more, deeper, or better, do something different; learn more from others, study, travel, rest or experience something that you see the beauty in to inspire yourself again.


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