All posts filed under “Thoughts

An Alternative Approach to Creative Block

You know that feeling. You’re working on a project, and suddenly you hit what seems like a dead end in your thought process. You’re at a loss for words and you’ve wracked your brain for viable solutions, but nothing fits. Enter the dreaded creative block. It may answer to a different name, depending on your discipline,  but it’s frustrating all the same.

When we reach that point in our work, it may mean we need to pause and grab a snack, take a short nap, catch up on the news—anything to take a break from whittling away at the problem. Sometimes a momentary diversion from the grind can be beneficial. It becomes a problem for me when my short breaks turn into a means of procrastination. A tiny snack becomes a quest to read the nutrition facts on everything in the kitchen. “Doing a little research” leads to laughing at and sending coworkers dog or cat memes. In the end, the problem is still there. At some point you have to face it, right? Read More

More Thoughts on a Thursday

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”—Howard Aiken

These past few months, I’ve been thinking about my objectives for running this blog. At the moment, I don’t have any cool DIY posts, and I’m no fashion plate, but I’m hoping to simply use this place as a receptacle for the documentation of ideas and inspiration. Yeah, I know this is what blogs were a few years ago, but I’m hoping that consistently posting work process might motivate me to keep going; keep working hard until something happens.

Maybe someday you’ll have to push your ideas on people to accept them, but for now, there’s nothing wrong with being invisible. There’s room for experimentation and self-discovery before people start paying attention. Maybe those stolen ideas were duds, in retrospect.

…Well, I mean, that’s what I’m trying to tell myself.

Thoughts on a Thursday

“We do not know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them from our laptops.” —John Cleese

Sometimes I need to be reminded that it’s not necessary to constantly remain connected in order to find ideas. In some instances, “research” or “searching for inspiration” results in procrastinating from getting the real work done.

So put down the phone, turn off the computer, and go outside. Read. Connect with someone IRL. Get your hands dirty. Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of the Internet will still be there when you get back.