How to Break Through Your Creative Block: Strategies from 90 of Today’s Most Exciting Creators
by Maria Popova Refining the machinery of creativity, or what heartbreak and hydraulics have to do with coaxing the muse. What extraordinary energy we expend, as a culture and a civilization, on trying to understand where good ideas come from, how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, its mechanisms, and the five-step action plan for coaxing it into manifestation. And little compares to the anguish that comes with the blockage of creative flow. In 2010, designer and musician Alex Cornell found himself stumped by a creative block while trying to write an article about creative block. Deterred neither by the block nor by the irony, he reached out to some of his favorite artists and asked them for their coping strategies in such an event. Writer Michael Erard teases apart “creative block” and debunks its very premise with an emphasis on creativity as transformation: First of all, being creative is not summoning stuff ex nihilo. Have your heart broken. Get enough sleep! Pretend. Cheers.
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