We are all creative, there is no denying that. But what happens when for some reason the creative spark abandons our brains for a bit and we find that we can no longer come up with the great ideas that we usually do? Well, that is something I like to call a creative block. So, the AOJ (Artizens of Joburg) team has come up with a few things that you can do in order to get your creative juices flowing and to get you out of that creative rut in which you may be stuck.
- Find your poison: For most of us its usually caffeine, and for the brave its sometimes a glass of whiskey. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be something so… can I say cliched? It just has to be something that clears your mind, and relaxes you. Try some fruit, some tea, even nuts if thats what you’re into.
- Music: create a playlist of songs that inspire you because this will get you in the mood to do some work. Nothing can encourage your creativity like listening to some of your favourite jams.
- Work on anything and everything: I know it seems counter intuitive if you’re having a creative block, but if (for example) you’re a writer just keep writing- even if what you write is absolute rubish.
- Take some time away from what you’re doing: I know it seems contradictory, especically with regards to step three, but sometimes it just helps to step away for even a day to get some perspective.
- Always be on the lookout for some inspiration: whatever your discipline, keep your eyes open for what others are doing and how that might inspire you.
- Take some time to yourself. Take an hour away from your friends, parents, children or even collegues to just think about what you’d like to do and to centre and gather your thoughts.
- Surround yourself with things that make you happy: Our creativity often stems from happiness and joy. Although there are situations where it comes from heartbreak- and or sadness- but I think its a lot easier and a lot more pleasant to be happy, don’t you think?
- Nature: I know that this is a very “classic romantic” notion, but nature just has a way of making our brains function a little bit better.
The most important advice we can give you though, is probbaly just to realise that all creatives go through stages where they are unable to “create” like they usually do. It is just a way of life. We suggest that you don’t get too caught up and don’t let your creative struggles taint the belief that you have in yourself. Creative blocks are just nature’s way of reminding us that our creativity is a gift, a talent- if you like- and that it is something that we often take for granted.
So, from the AOJ team, Keep creating and stay inspired
Written by Nomsa Fakude
Photos by Sameera Soorjee Photography