Well, I don’t know about you, but some days I can find it hard to come up with creative ideas!
Some days I’ll try and force my self to be creative, but that doesn’t usually work very well. I end up only doing a a so so job of the task, and wind up having to come back later and redo the whole thing, which really ticks me off no end.
When I experience this problem, I find it best to just leave it and come back later!
I’ve often found that the best thing to do is just to switch to something else for a while!
The worst thing to do is to just goof off.
Apart from the fact that I feel guilty playing a game or something silly like that, more than likely my wife will spring me, and find something more constructive for me to do with my time.
Don’t believe me? Why do you think she’s called “She Who Must Be Obeyed?
And having been sprung ticks me off no end as well!
Depending on the time of day, I might go for a walk around the garden, and check how the weeds are coming along.
Or I might make coffee and call a friend for a few minutes. Half way through the chat I will get a buzz about the project.
Other times will just sit down after a cup of coffee and switch tasks!
The task that I switch to may be a small job that I have been contracted to do, or something else creative.
The image above (yes, that badly edited one there, just above this text) came about when I was playing around with ideas for something else, and there was too much noise happening here.
So I relaxed, and came up with that. After being creative with images, the “flow” began to come back into my writing.
One thing I do is collect quotes!
And I write things down as I think of them. Earlier today I was checking my Twitter feed when I noticed a tweet about “wobbly courage”, and how it was better than no courage at all.
It took me back to a couple of points in my life where I had to make a stand about issues.
At the time it was knee knocking stuff, but I won through. Both in the situations that I’d found myself in, and in my own life.
I found out just how tough I can be!
Anyway, I wrote down that thought.
Then I created the second image above.
It took all of ten minutes to find the image, edit the text and upload it.
Now, next time I’m short of something to post to Twitter or Facebook, I’ve got another meme to fall back on.
Tip: if you create memes, always put your url and name somewhere on them. Great promotion tool.
So do you get the picture?
There’s nothing wrong with having a case of “creative cramps” or “writers’ block” or what ever you want to call it.
The best thing to do is make a note of where you’re up to, and switch to something else for a little while. But don’t forget to come back to that task!
How do you come up with ways around this problem? I’d love to hear from you!