If creativity functions in any way, perhaps it would be most precise to say that it is dialectic: by its very nature it demands change and innovation, to think differently and take a different route. If, creatively, we find a way of doing things, eventually that will become obsolete and creativity itself will oblige us to think up a new method.

Perhaps for that reason the notion of a ‘creative block’ is more or less common, that involuntary interim that interrupts a task because it would appear the creative flow has dried up. What is to be done then? There are those who suggest simple distractions as a remedy, such as taking a walk or a shower. For Asimov, the liberation of creativity meant conduct such as isolation or even a dose or irresponsibility.

Here we share some recommendations on this theme from Warren Ellis, an English writer who has scripted comics, television programs and written novels. Given this context, Ellis’ advice is not exactly what we might expect (which is, of course, a good start), and although for a moment he appears to stick to the traditional, here and there he has eccentric touches that, exactly for that reason, could work to break the spell that has frozen your creativity. Ellis says:

Suffering a creative block may simply mean that the thing you’re focussed on working on just isn’t ready to be worked on yet. Do something else. Write some letters/emails and trick yourself into writing a tumblr post or something afterwards. Make a meal you’ve never made before. Make a   mixtape or whatever your preferred digital version of that is. Go to http://www.oblicard.com/ and use the little reload button in the bottom left corner until you hit something that has meaning for you. Turn off the internet, turn off the television, read a book, listen to music, let yourself get bored and empty. Put away what you’re working on right now and lock it in a drawer for two weeks. Invite your most brilliant friend over, kill them, find and eat their adrenal glands and then wear their skin as a shamanic cloak until the next full moon. Strap cats to every part of your body and tell everyone your new name is Pussy Fang Dervish. If you live in a city, go to nature. If you live in nature, go to a city. Buy a cheap notebook and write down every stupid idea you’ve ever had. And then write down the five most important things you want to achieve once the block is broken. And then stand up, remind yourself that your name is Pussy Fang Dervish and you can do anything, and then go and give it another try.

And good luck! This, too, will pass.

 In this, as with other issues, there is no last word, and perhaps for creativity itself each person must find their own solution. Try this link.

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Image:  Neuroanatomical atlas illustration plate from the 1786 ‘Traité d’Anatomie et de Physiologie’ by Félix Vicq D’Azyr.

If creativity functions in any way, perhaps it would be most precise to say that it is dialectic: by its very nature it demands change and innovation, to think differently and take a different route. If, creatively, we find a way of doing things, eventually that will become obsolete and creativity itself will oblige us to think up a new method.

Perhaps for that reason the notion of a ‘creative block’ is more or less common, that involuntary interim that interrupts a task because it would appear the creative flow has dried up. What is to be done then? There are those who suggest simple distractions as a remedy, such as taking a walk or a shower. For Asimov, the liberation of creativity meant conduct such as isolation or even a dose or irresponsibility.

Here we share some recommendations on this theme from Warren Ellis, an English writer who has scripted comics, television programs and written novels. Given this context, Ellis’ advice is not exactly what we might expect (which is, of course, a good start), and although for a moment he appears to stick to the traditional, here and there he has eccentric touches that, exactly for that reason, could work to break the spell that has frozen your creativity. Ellis says:

Suffering a creative block may simply mean that the thing you’re focussed on working on just isn’t ready to be worked on yet. Do something else. Write some letters/emails and trick yourself into writing a tumblr post or something afterwards. Make a meal you’ve never made before. Make a   mixtape or whatever your preferred digital version of that is. Go to http://www.oblicard.com/ and use the little reload button in the bottom left corner until you hit something that has meaning for you. Turn off the internet, turn off the television, read a book, listen to music, let yourself get bored and empty. Put away what you’re working on right now and lock it in a drawer for two weeks. Invite your most brilliant friend over, kill them, find and eat their adrenal glands and then wear their skin as a shamanic cloak until the next full moon. Strap cats to every part of your body and tell everyone your new name is Pussy Fang Dervish. If you live in a city, go to nature. If you live in nature, go to a city. Buy a cheap notebook and write down every stupid idea you’ve ever had. And then write down the five most important things you want to achieve once the block is broken. And then stand up, remind yourself that your name is Pussy Fang Dervish and you can do anything, and then go and give it another try.

And good luck! This, too, will pass.

 In this, as with other issues, there is no last word, and perhaps for creativity itself each person must find their own solution. Try this link.

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Image:  Neuroanatomical atlas illustration plate from the 1786 ‘Traité d’Anatomie et de Physiologie’ by Félix Vicq D’Azyr.

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