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Creative Blocks & How To Fix Them

Wherever your abilities fall on the creative spectrum, there are probably days when your flow just isn’t… flowing.

It happens to the greatest professional creatives as well as the creative hobbyist and dabblers.

Creativity can be a fickle thing.

Scientists and philosophers are still trying to discover more about this mysterious and often magical aspect of our human experience. Some even struggle to define what creativity actually is.

So it’s not surprising that the rest of us can sometimes find ourselves baffled by the creative process.

But there’s good news.

Creativity has long been a fascinating subject to study, but in recent years, it has become even more of a hot topic, as it’s now being linked to the two big ideals; success and happiness.

So creativity experts are sharing their findings on how our creative minds work – as well as what we can do when the creative juices slow to a trickle or even stop altogether.

Watch the following video to find out two ways creative blocks can come about, as well as some helpful remedies to get you back into your flow.

 

Creativity – Nature or Nurture?

 

When you are involved with a creative hobby or business, you will often have people tell you that they couldn’t do what you do because they don’t have the ability. We often perceive creativity as an innate skill that we are either born with or not. And while some skills or talents do seem to come from a natural ability, much more are as a result of training, learning and practice. So is creativity due to nature or nurture?

 

Wiring in the brain

There have been studies conducted on the subject to try and quantify what makes someone more creative than others and results are unsurprisingly varied. For example, writers, artists and musicians were found in some studies have a smaller corpus callosum – this is the fibres that join the two parts of the brain. This allows each side of their brain to develop more specialisation and could lead to a greater innate creativity.

Creativity may even have a genetic basis. A study by the University of Helsinki looked at a person’s musical creativity based on ability to judge pitch and time as well as composition, improvisation and arrangement skills. In their results, they discovered that one cluster of genes seems to correlate with musical creativity and is the same cluster associated with the plasticity of the brain. In other words, its ability to reorganise itself to make and break new connections between cells.

 

The part of inspiration

Another factor to consider with the question of creativity is that of inspiration. The classic example is that of author Mary Shelley. Back in 1816, she awoke from a vivid dream where she saw a ‘pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together’. Unsurprisingly, this touch of inspiration led to the novel Frankenstein.

But interestingly are the surrounding factors at the time. She was sharing her home with a group who spent time chatting about ghost stories and electrical experiments while also spending time with established authors. And at that particular time, there were intense electrical storms. Shelley had little writing experience before the novel so did inspiration led to creativity or did her surroundings lead to the inspiration that led to the novel?

 

The argument for nurture

For many people, creativity comes through education, practise and repetition. You learn to paint because you take up the paints every day and work on what you can do. Over time, you get better, you learn what you like and one day you are an artist, exhibiting in a gallery. You may have been born with that artistic ability but without the work and education that goes into it, you would never have become an artist.

On the other hand, if you believe you aren’t creative and because of this, you never try to paint or begin to learn how to work with canvas, then you won’t ever become an artist. Not because you don’t have the ability necessarily, but simply because you have told yourself you aren’t creative and therefore your ability is never developed. Perhaps, deep down, we are all creative if we take steps to find what we can be creative with?

 

How to Get Creative

A big welcome to you all.

We are super pleased that you landed on our page in your quest for creativity and we think you will be too.

Creativity isn’t something that comes naturally to everybody and even those who have a creative streak get a little blocked every now and again.

Unfortunately, in a day and age where almost every subject you can think of has been covered in one way or another, it is especially important that you can tap into your creativity in order to have a unique selling point or just stand out from the crowd and get noticed.

That’s where the Creative Insurgents come in.

The site is here for people from all backgrounds, be it a field in the creative arts right through to the suits, so be you a painter or an accountant Creative Insurgents is here to help you.

There will be tips, hints and advice in areas from home DIY, to creative thinking to marketing material help so you shouldn’t be short of inspiration!

To get us started, let us take a look at how you can get your creative ‘Mojo’ back in the world of the artistic.

Watch the vid below for some interesting thoughts on what art is and if you are really stuck in a rut or if you are holding yourself to too many rules.

It gives you some thoughts for how to get your head into the right space for creating and producing without purpose and has an interesting take on why it’s OK to ‘copy’.

If you use those techniques then they can be a really good spring for creating more poignant and well-developed projects in the future.