How to Defeat The Creative Block
Stephen Near

How to Defeat The Creative Block

Posted on August 10, 2012 by Stephen Near

“Hey Casey, why don’t you do another entry for the blog.”

“Sure, sounds great!”

There’s just one small problem. I seem to have all these great ideas, but as soon as I open the document to get started writing my mind goes completely blank. I’m sure this happens to a lot of people, but it is so frustrating trying to work on a project and not being able to get past that first hurdle. Enter, a being so terrifying and imperious only a brave few can take him on, The Creative Block. (This sentence is to be read in the voice of an overly dramatic Saturday morning cartoon narrator.)

How do you get started when you can’t think of anything? Well I decided to look for some answers. My “research” (aka the first few pages of Google results) turned up quite a few interesting resources from creative minds that have written about overcoming different kinds of blocks.

7 Types of Creative Blocks (and what to do about them)

Overcoming Creative Block

Creative Block – Design Ideas for When You’re out of Ideas

I’m actually really enjoying going through and refreshing the page on Creative Block. Each time you do you get a great one-liner that will make you stop and think a little differently.

Typographic Image of complied results from Creative Block

Typographic Image of complied results from Creative Block

Maybe some of these will help you through a block of your own. Looking for inspiration, changing tasks, asking for help and so many other ways that you tackle that creative block to the ground and tell him to get lost. And with that last and fatal blow, the notorious Creative Block is defeated.

Until next time… This is your favourite (if only) summer student, signing off live from the Hamilton Arts Council Office.

- Casey

Casey Haughland is a Hamilton student, studying graphic design at Mohawk College. You can follow her on Twitter at @haughland.