25 Ways to Get Over Creativity Block

| 2/18/2010 2:28:36 PM

Thinking CreativelyStop surfing YouTube. Stop staring at your computer, pulling out your hair, and waiting for inspiration. The blog ISO50 cobbled together 25 ingenious strategies from designers and artists for overcoming creative block. The ideas can also apply to any kind of creative work.

Some are totally unexpected, including this recipe for creativity from British graphic designer Michael C. Place (aka Build):

Slice and chop 2 medium onions into small pieces.
Put a medium sized pan on a medium heat with a few glugs of Olive oil.
Add the onions to the pan, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Chop finely three varieties of fresh chilli (Birds Eye, Scotch Bonnet & Green/Red).
Add the chilli’s to the pan, stir together and cook for eight minutes.
Add about 500g of extra lean Beef mince to the pan.
Stir in so that the Beef is coated and lightly browned (should take approx. 2 minutes).
Add salt and pepper.
Add Red Kidney Beans and tinned chopped Tomatoes.
Stir well.
Add a pinch of Cinnamon.
Cook on a low heat for approximately 20 mins.

Measure a cup and a half of Basmati Rice into a medium pan.
Add two and a quarter cups (the same cup you measured the Rice in) of cold water to the pan with the Rice.
Boil on a high heat until the lid rattles.
Turn down the heat to about half way and cook for eight minutes.
After eight minutes turn the heat off the rice, leave for four minutes (with the lid on).

Plate up the Rice (on the side), add the chilli.

Large glass of Red wine (preferably Australian or New Zealand).

KC in KC
2/19/2010 12:55:17 PM

Nice. When I first started writing, my desk was my kitchen table and I had two small children at home (and underfoot). When I would get stuck, I always had dishes to do, floors to sweep, but the activity absolutely guaranteed to break up the logjam was baking bread. None of this labor-free bread machine fare for me. I sifted and kneaded and waited and kneaded and somewhere in that process, the "mind cleared and new ideas and thoughts appeared." I strongly recommend this. And my children always liked it when Mommy was stuck. Writer's block equaled "homemade bread with butter" to them. --KC (in Topeka :=] )

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