Being an artist is a blessing and a curse at the same time. Being an artist is like being a superhero with super powers, and just like any super hero, your super powers run out and you have to refuel. Some days it’s easy to think of content and art easily, and other days it’s almost like pulling teeth to think of something creative. When this happens, you almost feel like you’re not yourself because you’re not creating, and that feeling isn’t a good feeling. And if you stay in it, it almost feels like you’ll never get out of it. Whether you’re a dancer, a writer, or a musician etc. you will go through an artistic rut. It’s inevitable. The great thing is, is that you can get out of it, even if it takes a little time. You just have to get those creative juices flowing. Here are 4 things to do if you’re at a artistic roadblock:
Figure out what it is that you want to express or emulate and write it down. For writers, this can be known as “freewriting”, writing whatever comes to mind. Even if it’s something small, write it down anyway because the smallest thing can spark something that leads to another thought that leads to something great.
Visit an art museum
Visit an art museum or an arts performance to gain some inspiration. Viewing other performance art could spark some inspiration or content within yourself.
Look at your own life and see if there’s anything you can create based off of what’s happening in your life right now (or even in other’s lives).
Don’t give up
You will never get over the creative block by making excuses. Instead of having a negative attitude towards it, do something about it. You’ll only stay in that state if you do nothing about it.
This blockage may happen once or it may happen all the time. That doesn’t define your artistic merit. Eventually something will develop. Besides, you are an artist, that alone makes you pretty fucking amazing. #superhero