Building with Creative Blocks

Here at Design Break Studios, we never suffer from creative block. Every time we sit down to do our work, it is as if a quiet hush falls over the land. The inspiration fairies come out to play, and from our collaborations, works of pure genius are born.

Sound fantastic, right? That’s because it is…a fantasy. We get creative block as often as you do, maybe even more, given the number of opportunities to get creative block when one’s field is creative by nature. For us, each day can mean the challenge of an unfamiliar subject matter, a different style of design, or different project constraints to consider.

We find that the key to defeating creative block is less about avoidance and more about resilience. So, you find yourself staring at a blank screen or piece of paper, unsure where to head next? In this post, we look at some of the causes of creative block to help you get you over the hump and on to creating.



Know your Enemy

Fortunately for us, creative block is not an unstoppable force of nature. It typically stems from one or more sources, which can be identified and addressed.  Perhaps you don’t know much about your subject. Maybe you don’t feel like you have a compelling angle. Perhaps you’re concerned that you won’t be able to come up with something that meets your standards.  Are you stressed or overworked? Even the twin devils of procrastination and distraction play a role in stopping up the creative flow.

Before you get discouraged by creative block and decide to try again later, ask yourself what it is that is preventing you from moving forward. Often, it’s a simple enough obstacle to remove. Possibly, your block won’t dissolve with time. Then, you find yourself unnecessarily stressed because you waited for inspiration to strike, instead of tackling your block when you had more time.

We feel that creative blocks typically fall into one of three categories: physical, mental, or emotional.  In the next few posts, we look at each type and offer some practical long and short-term tips for overcoming them.

Take the Challenge: You, Yes, You

Calling all bloggers, artists, business owners, managers and team leaders, teachers, and thought-leaders-in-training! This next bit is for you. Stretch your creative muscles with us.


Travel a new way.


For the month of December, we will be exploring the various kinds of creative blocks and some ideas to overcome them. Then, to help kick your new year off correctly, we will be hosting a 30-day challenge to help boost your creative skills. Each day we will post a creativity exercise to help you explore solutions to your own personal hurdles.

We’ll keep them open-ended and varied, so that you could apply the challenges to a broad range of issues, from writers block to design blahs to overcoming a business strategy snag. We’ll do our best to keep them brief: things that can be accomplished in less than half an hour, while still giving you a meaningful boost in the right direction. We’ll make them interactive; we believe that you can inspire us, too!

There will be prizes! Each week, there will be a prize winner, randomly selected from the comments on the week’s posts. The prizes will be announced each week, so stay tuned to figure out the week’s loot!

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About Hannah Ditto

I work with individuals, small, and large companies to create designs for many different needs: websites, digital ads, mail campaigns, landing pages, and more. I've always been the type that wasn't satisfied with a project until it was visually stunning.

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