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FOCUS: How To Get Your Creative


Groove Back by Karen Jinks ofwww.chalkhillstudio.co.uk


It can happen to anyone; you find yourself staring at a blank piece of paper (or screen) and you’ve completely run out of ideas. Try as you might your brain is empty…. nothing!


Here are a few hints and tips to unlock your creativity and get the ideas flowing again when you hit a creative wall.


1. Take time out A creative block is often a sign that you have been overworking; rest is a must. If you have been burning the candle at both ends, find time to take yourself away from your work and go for a walk, go shopping or have a nap. You will be a lot more productive if you are well rested.


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2. Don’t panic! It’s easy to get in a spin if you feel like you’ve run out of ideas. Panic can quickly set in if you think your business is about to go under or your talent has flown out of the window. A bit of positivity can turn a creative block into a good thing – a chance for you to try out new things and come back fresh and stronger than ever. Don’t start comparing yourself to others who are doing similar things and seemingly doing better than you. This will only heighten your anxiety. Focus on your own strengths and work through things logically. Write a list of goals and give yourself something to work towards instead.


3. Feed the creative soul As many creatives often work from home, it’s easy to become very insular.


Whilst the internet is invaluable for networking with other people, working from home and keeping up to date with what’s going on, there is nothing like actually getting out of the house and going to a local art gallery or museum for an injection of inspiration. A change of scene can work wonders and you may see something that will spark new ideas. Don’t forget to take a camera or notebook with you.


4. Go back to basics Buy yourself a new sketchbook (or make one of the journals in the MAKE following this article) and start drawing or painting or sticking. Get messy and have fun! I never truly appreciated how important sketchbooks are as a student but I wouldn’t be without one now. Get yourself a pin board and start mood


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