Overcoming Creative Blocks

Creative blocks could be described as a situation whereby a photographer, writer, artist or any creative professional is unable to get access to his or her creative bank. This apparent barrier to inspiration prevents one from creating new work. It could last for days, weeks, months and in extreme cases, years.

First of all, we need to acknowledge that this situation does exist and the make a conscious effort to avoid it or overcome it if the situation arises.



Life isn’t a bed of roses. At certain times we experience certain problems that take the most part of us. For example, grieving a loved one, marital issues, having to deal with children and possibly schooling. The pressure from these issues could hinder our access to inspiration. To deal with this, we’ll have to solve the issues as they come and if they become too difficult for us to handle, it’s advisable we just let it pass. There’s no problem that’s permanent. it’ll surely come to an end some day


Some people have this notion that conditions must be perfect before results can be perfect so they inadvertently spend their precious time brooding over their lack of expensive gear, finances, time or knowledge. This then causes a negative effect on their creative pattern. The best way to handle this is to make a conscious effort to exploit the available resources to your benefit. Make the best out of what you have. In the end, you’ll be amazed at what you can do.


If you work in a team, you can relate to this. You may have your work constantly criticised negatively by team members or rejected by your team leader. This may result in you doubting your talents and creative ability; Anxiety sets in and you find yourself overly conscious about the outcome of a project or task. If not properly checked, this situation can lead to creative blocks. To resolve this, you’ll need to program your mind to go against what scares you the most. The effect of will power can never be over-emphasised. Get back to the drawing board and start again. You’ll gradually find yourself overcoming those barriers of inspiration.


A lot of Creative Professionals are guilty of this. By substance abuse here, I mean the use of alcohol and/or drugs to help stimulate or keep the creative juices flowing. It gets to a point where the body is either accustomed to it and can’t function without it or requires higher doses of the substances to perform. The absence of these substances or its overdose could lead to depression or in extreme cases; death. The moment depression sets it, it begins to affect one’s creative process. To resolve this, it’s best to avoid using substances but if one is already caught up in this then the services of a therapist need to be consulted.


You may wake up one day and just begin to question what you do and why you do it. Something you derive so much joy in doing before suddenly becomes a chore. At that point or period, you’ll experience difficulty doing anything creative.To resolve this, you’ll have to do something out of the ordinary like; taking a walk around your vicinity, going to somewhere new, set out new assignments with timelines and trying to see things from a different perspective. These steps would definitely liberate one from the barriers of inspiration; otherwise known as creative blocks.

In summary. it’s worthy to note that creative blocks do exist. The syndrome is real and to avoid it, we must constantly be at work creating quality content. If there are other causes or remedies, feel free to contribute by using the comments section below.