Creativity is (almost) never truly blocked.
My brain hasn’t stopped working just because I’ve stopped posting. Words are still flowing. If fresh ideas aren’t showing up when and where I need them, I can flinch or I can give my creativity a new playground. Guess what works best?
Experiments can’t fail, because they always teach us something. Kids experiment; kids try. Adults want to be instant experts, and that tendency can cage us. How can you liberate your personal or professional creativity? Give yourself permission to try something new, or to treat yourself like a client.
Think of your creativity like an animal that thrives on novelty and feeds on freedom.
- Freedom to wonder.
- Freedom to wander.
Wandering around in nature can activate a childlike sense of wonder. (I’m also a fan of wandering around in craft stores.) What sparks your creativity? What lights up your soul?
What activity attracts you even as it makes you feel a little bit… uncomfortable?
Permission granted: Try something new or do something familiar in a new way.
This month, I channelled my blog into video content.
I’ve written scripts and created video content for others. I enjoyed it. Why was I waiting for another “official video content assignment” to make the next video?
Sometimes funneling my words into a new medium works. Other times, I jumpstart my creativity by walking away from my writing and leaping into a different activity, like paper-crafting.
Creativity can’t be forced, but we can open a fertile space for it. We can cultivate a patient faith that, with a little freedom to explore and experiment, we can create again, and again.