Q+A Call In Show— How to fix artistic burnout and creative block?

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As an artist, I get paid to me… in fact, in many ways I get paid to play all day. It sounds like the perfect perfect gig, right? But no matter how much you love making art, writing, playing music or being creative, there's times when you just don't feel it. Maybe you feel you've run out of ideas, or just don't have the energy, or can't find the time, or need something new? Maybe you're afraid that no one will appreciate what you're making, or that you're doing it wrong, or that it won't be good enough? Sometimes you can't even tell why you don't feel creative… this can be terrifying because you don't know if you'll get it back. A big part of fixing the problem of block is to figure out where it comes from. On this episode, I'll talk about a variety of ways we shut shut down our creative output and fixes for each of them.

I hope you'll call in with suggestions that have worked for you or to get advice on the how to overcome your own creative blocks.

Further Resources:

The following articles on burnout and creative blocks are great resources for understanding why they happen and what to do about them.

  1. The Dark Side of Creativity: Burnout: Lateral Action
  2. John T. Unger on Creative Burnout: Lateral Action
  3. What do you do when the fire goes out?: Creative Liberty blog
  4. The Break Through Your Creative Blocks series: Lateral Action
  5. The War of Art, Steven Pressfield

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I'm best known as an artist and designer. Relaxing makes me tense, so I tend to put in a lot of hours on diverse projects.

On the way to a successful art career I've been a poet and writer, a tech geek, a print and web designer, illustrator, industrial designer, musician, teacher, actor, set designer and even a paid guru once.

It's all the same thing in the end— I wake up most days thinking about how I want to change, fix or improve some aspect of the world. And after a couple cups of coffee I get started on it.

My specialty is impossibility remediation: if it can't be done, I'm on it.

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