You’re sitting in front of your computer screen, staring at a blank, white word document, cursor clicking, and not a single idea in your head.
We’ve all been there! Whether you’re writing prose, painting, drawing, writing music, etc., creative block is one of the most frustrating feelings known to man. Maybe you’re just lacking an idea. Maybe you’re in a time crunch and you’re having to crouch uncomfortably in a coffee shop to get a piece in on time.
You’ve probably read or heard of a few self-help pieces about how to generate ideas during periods of creative block. Maybe you’ve scrolled through some Buzzfeed writing topic listicles, or the #artinspo hashtag. While these methods are helpful to stimulate your old creative noodle, they all require you to expend some exhausting energy through introspection. But don’t worry! There are also several small changes you can make to your physical environment that can make it more conducive to creative work. Try out these few tips to get your brain in an artistic place!
Put Down Your Phone
I know it is incredibly tempting to go online and look for inspiration, but 9 times out of 10, this just leads to some epic time-wasting. Your creative juices will flow much better if you just sit without any distractions, breathe deeply, and let your thoughts fade in and out. A few apps that might help you get off your phone are Forest, Siempo, and Freedom.
Sit on a pillow. Light your favorite candle. However, be sure to not get TOO comfortable. Don’t cuddle yourself in bed under your covers. Positions like this make it very hard to work, and very easy to go on Netflix and take a fat nap.
Play Some New Music
Music is a great way to get your brain juices flowing. This can be any genre of your choosing! Depending on your art medium and style, different genres of music can inspire the perfect feelings for your creative process. I recommend playing some new artists that maybe you haven’t heard before, for a fresh spark to your imagination.
Try Going Outside
If your usual desk spot in your bedroom is not working for you, try walking around outside, sitting under your favorite tree, or even just cracking open a window. Nothing is more inspiring than Mother Nature herself! This also provides a perfect opportunity to people-watch and find some interesting subjects.
Surround Yourself with a Variety of Materials
Even if you’re sitting down to specifically create a graphic drawing, you never know what other art materials might spark an inspiration. I recommend surrounding your work station with a variety of materials, regardless of what type of work you initially sat down to make. This makes it a lot easier to at least get something on paper. Spill some paint on your canvas, and see if that gets your pencil moving. You’ll have a product in no time!
Let’s face it - making art is hard. It’s exhausting to force yourself to put your heart and soul out to the public. However, it’s important to remember that there are tangible strategies you can take to make this process easier on yourself. Yes, this includes boundless mental strategies. But don’t neglect your physical surroundings! As cognitive psychologists will affirm to you, your physical environment has an incredible influence on your brain functions, including perception and memory. I hope you found these tips useful, and you get comfy and start creating!