Sneaking Under Creative Block is the most fun of the five methods for crushing creative block. It’s also the one with the most tools available. I outline three of my favorite tools below.
In this chapter, I encouraged you to come to the show notes and download an infographic and a few PDFs outlining all five techniques for crushing creative block. Provide your email address and you’ll receive the infographic. Click on the links below for the PDFs.
Sneaking Under your creative block can be used at any time. It’s a tad more effective for sections or smaller parts of your work in process, but since it’s so much fun, employ it liberally throughout your work every time you get blocked.
I have used hundreds of these tools throughout my career. Here are four to get you started.
- Try something new. For this episode, I recorded on the road instead of in the studio to get the work done. I tried something new. Other options could be:
a. Going to a new coffee shop or environment
b. Leave your computer behind and use a pen and a legal pad
c. Turn on (or turn off) the music
d. What new play could you make?
- Use sentence completion tools. Download the PDF for nounstorming and verbstorming. These two lists of 104 words each will help you get words and word pictures flowing for your idea, product, or more.
- Photostorming is one of my favorite tools for Sneaking Under. Download the PDF of a sampler pack here.
- Puzzles make the creative process fun, especially for teams.
Hiram impressed me a great deal as I read through his life story in the Bible. Check this out.
And King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from Tyre. 14 He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze. And he was full of wisdom, understanding, and skill for making any work in bronze. He came to King Solomon and did all his work.
1 Kings 7, ESV, emphasis mine
I encourage you to click on the link above and read more. The details of his creations are right there in black and white. His work was so important and impressive, his story is recorded in a book that has lasted for thousands of years and will last thousands more.
Name That Movie
The Italian Job
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