I post every Friday on the Art Dolls Only Blog, a feature called Tips and Tricks Friday. Today's tip seemed to apply not just to art doll makers, but to anyone--writers, artists, performers, anyone who depends on creativity to make their work...well, work. Today's tip is about getting "unstuck" when you suffer a block in your creativity. So I decided to re-post it here, and see what all my creative friends have to suggest...
Do you ever find yourself spending your creative time--your precious, jealously guarded, hard-earned studio hours--polishing the underside of the coffee table or re-alphabetizing your appliance warranty booklets? I do, once in a while.
Paralyzed creativity. What do you do to relieve this?
When the problem is in my head--rather than my day-planner--my answer is to move. Not like with a U-Haul to another zip code...I mean I have to get off my uncreative (and usually self-pitying) tookus and move. It has to be the kind of movement that requires no concentration. Just one foot in front of another. Repeat. Could be an exercise machine at the gym, but it's best to get outdoors, even if it's cold and windy. My inner child whines a little if this is the case, but after a block or two I warm up.
The ideas don't come flooding in right away. I don't stop and yell "EUREKA!" at the neighbor's dog, but somehow, in the course of a nice long walk, whatever's been clogging up the works gets unclogged. I get home, and may go straight to the studio, or may plop down on the couch with a sketch book. Either way, the blood's going in my brain, I don't feel guilty about a creativity-enhancing snack, and I've shifted my perspective without really knowing how. I just know it works for me.
What do you do to get un-stuck?