What do you do when creativity dries up? When days or weeks have gone by and you’ve designed….nothing.
1. Stay Calm.
It’s too easy to hit your panic button thinking “It’s gone! I’ve run out of ideas! What am I going to do??”
Stay calm. Take time out and think about what you can do. There’s more to you and your life than designing patterns.
Go for walks, go fishing, mountain biking, whatever you do to relax. Meditation worked for me.
Worrying about it won’t bring you ideas. If anything, worrying will freeze your ideas muscle.
Think about what might have triggered this dry period. If you know what it was, sort it out.
2. Set Yourself a Project.
I’m coming out of a four-month dry period. It took a couple of months to realise what caused it. I’m still sorting it out so no complex patterns are being designed.
Setting myself the project of publishing a new colouring book stopped me fretting about no design ideas. Ahhh! Still related to colouring patterns but not actually designing.
I felt like I was getting back into my business. Oh, good!
What project can you set yourself?
3. Find Designs in Other Places.
This sounds a bit “woowoo” but it isn’t. Bear with me…
As you’re here, I assume (rightly or wrongly) that you’re into designing colouring patterns or pictures.
Where do you normally find ideas for designs? I find ideas in nature, a colleague finds them in clouds, while another finds them in vases. That’s exactly what I said, but she comes up with some gorgeous patterns.
Check out what other people are doing. Pinterest is a good source, as is Facebook.
4. Make Variations of Your Designs.
This will gently nurse you back into designing. What could be better than finding ways to improve designs you’ve already created?
No need to thrash yourself over it. Remember to stay calm.
Do as many different shapes of variations as you feel comfortable with. Create patterns for something else.
While I was deep in the dry period, I made patterns for logos and children’s colouring books. They helped me get through it.
These are activities which helped me when my ideas ran dry. It was a challenging time but I came through it and published a new colouring book.
If I can do it, so can you.
What are you waiting for?
Let me know what you do.