Well, I'll start by expressing gratitude (to a great many loving people and powers) that I haven't suffered from it significantly since I've been at dA. I've had it for stretches of a few days - but usually when I've been "gone" that long it wasn't from creative block, it was because of "real world" responsibilities.
I think there are several kinds of creative block, each with its own solution:
Motivation ("aw, I still
don't feel like it..."). Of course, if you aren't a professional whose art pays the rent, you do have the option of indulging this! Some amount of indulgence is healthy - recharge the batteries, as it were. Especially, consume
some art! - play a game, watch some movies - if possible, of course, enjoy the kinds of things that will awaken those little creative beasties in your brain.
At some point, of course, you'll want to take the next step and overcome
the block. The best suggestion I've seen is the one passed on by SartoriTangier
: limit yourself. Work on quick projects that can be done at one sitting.
Well, that works for some media better than others. If your medium is oils, it may not work at all. If you're a photographer, it might mean that instead of scheduling a major session with models and travel and all that, just get out into your back yard and shoot the flowers, the neighbor's house, etc.
Then, too, some of us are ADD. (I don't call it ADHD because the "H" is for Hyperactivity, which I've never had except for a tendency to fidget.) If you're familiar with it, you know that it doesn't mean inability to pay attention, it's inability to control HOW MUCH attention to pay - and for some of us ADDers, it means sometimes getting on a roll in which a "sitting" proceeds into the night and into the following day, if not longer. Oh well. If you don't miss that big job interview or your best friend's wedding, and you DO come up with something good at the end of that "sitting", hey, feel good about it! - and get some sleep.
A very different kind of creative block that I've experienced, is the failure of my execution to rise to my vision. "This is just no @#$%^& good!" Well, why not? It's probably better than you think.
In this case, here's something you can do: COPY! (NOT steal.) Look around for something you like, and when you see it, do something similar. Do it your own way, so there's no mistaking it for theft. This is what good artists do all the time! - nothing
is ever completely original; if it were, nobody would be interested in it. If it's too crudely derivative, don't post it; when in doubt, get permission.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------On thanking faves:
I like to! Even when I run into curmudgeons who actually object to being thanked.
However, I have the problem of being popular! Well, sort of. Not, thank God, popular enough to make enemies, but popular enough that I can't thank every fave. So as a compromise, I thank everyone who faves and
comments, and everyone who faves more than once during the period (typically four or five days) before the next time I go through and delete messages. So if you fave and don't get a thank-you, sorry, I thank you all!
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