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  • Writer's pictureSophie van Os

Top hack whenever I have a Creative Block [Personal Story!]

I was 8 years old when I had my first creative block. I remember sitting at the dining table. My mom gave me a fresh piece of paper and some colored pencils. I looked at the paper and... nothing. I tried to start drawing but my hand just froze. Nothing happened.


Looking back, something did happen: I had my first creative block!


I squeezed my eyes shut and tried to picture something in my mind’s eye. But nothing came up.

When I opened my eyes again, the first thing I saw were pink flowers in a vase on the other side of the table.


That was it!

I took my pencils and started drawing the flowers (note that I was 8 so it probably looked nothing like the flowers, but that’s not the point here).


I still use this hack whenever I get stuck in a project, and now you can try this too:


🙈 Close your eyes for a while

🧘🏻‍♀️ Try to focus on your breathing

👀 Then, open your eyes

🖌️ Draw the first thing you see!


It doesn’t matter if the subject has nothing to do with the project you’re working on. It will definitely kick-start your creative flow.


I added a list of 50+ Inspiration Sources in my Online Course

To help you with this, I added a list of 50+ inspiration sources in my online course to help you overcome your creative block. It is a curated list of inspiring books, magazines, youtube videos, websites, movies, ted talks and podcasts.




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