3 QUICK WAYS TO GET “UNSTUCK”
I believe the creative life is about ebb and flow. We can’t ALWAYS be on. To be honest that would be exhausting. On the other hand, sometimes I can get a little too obsessed with what I’m not doing. My psychiatrist would call it ruminating. Sometimes you just need to stop thinking and start shooting. Here are three practical tips that have helped me get unstuck when I’m in a creative rut.
1. TAKE A MICRO ASSIGNMENT- Why not book yourself for a photojob. Something super small. If you were the art director for the magazine of your life, what story would hire someone to tell?.
This self assigned job was themed “Miranda and dad hit the playground”. :-) No big deal. Probably ten minutes total. Thirty rough shots edited down to four that I love. To be honest the theme and even the end product are not really the point. In the end, a micro assignment is a great way to just get you shooting again.
2. GIVE YOURSELF A QUOTA- It’s about getting out of the rut. Why not just commit to ten pictures today? No matter what. They don’t have to be ten killer shots. They don’t even have to be ten good shots. Just keep an open mind and take ten pictures. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference this first step makes, just shooting something. . .anything, can make if you’re busting out of a creative slump.
3. BUDDY UP- We’re social animals. One of the best ways to motivate yourself is accountability. Call a friend and see if they want to join you in a little competition. Maybe the first one of you that doesn’t text the other a picture a day buys lunch. Make it even more interesting and stipulate the shot has to work for the day’s #jj forum theme.
These are things that have helped me in the past. What about you? Ever tried one of these tricks. Got any tips of your own that help clear the creative cobwebs from your head?