Behind the Scenes – Episode 8 – Getting Over the Creative Block


Hey all and welcome back to Behind the Scenes. In this series, I typically talk about how I make films. But…Oh noes. I don’t know what I’m gonna talk about! I’ve got creative block!

Creative block can strike anywhere. Anytime. It doesn’t care what you have to do. He’ll still take a tire iron to your car window and rifle through your coin drawer, stealing away all your good ideas. Creative block doesn’t care that you have work tomorrow. But in all seriousness, Creative Block sucks.

Even as I tried thinking about what I’d talk about today, nothing came to me. You know the feeling. You’ve gotta come up with an idea but you end up just staring at a blank paper. Before, I’d have to ride it out and force myself to concentrate. Or worse, I’d let myself get lazy and play video games instead. Nowadays, I’m a little better at finding that inspiration and getting past those pesky brain blocks.

So when I’m all out of those creative ideas, I turn to breaking my daily habits. That could mean any number of things and it’s different for every person. It could be watching a movie you’ve never seen before. Or going outside to plant some succulents. Or crashing somebody’s wedding. Definitely not a typical daily habit.

My point is, sometimes the fastest way to creating ideas is to stop creating ideas. This way, you stop thinking inside the box and you put your brain through a mandatory sabbatical. That’s why I personally love gardening. I don’t have to think about anything and I can exercise my hands and get some sunlight. And by the time I finish transplanting my rosemary bushes and wash up, I feel refreshed and ready to get back to creating.

That’s what I like doing. But what about you? What kinds of activities do you do to get over your brain farts?

Thanks for watching Behind the Scenes. If you’ve got any questions you’d like me to answer, put them in the comments and I’ll answer it in a video. Check back in Tuesdays for new episodes. You can subscribe right here.

So until next time, stay inspired.

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