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Andrew Rampersaud


More ways to break out of a creative rut

I recently discovered the "branch" feature and just to try it out, I randomly picked one of my followers and found a list I could branch. Thanks @Triptych

    1. Just do it

    People say there's no such thing as writer's block. This is how I get through my blocks. I just do the work like Steven Pressfield says.

    2. Revisit old work

    Not only is this a reminder that you CAN create something new, but you may find some hidden gems that get the juices flowing.

    3. Consume the work of someone/something several steps ahead of you

    Once I had to write the game story on a high school city championship baseball game. I read an article in the New York Times, and because of the quality of writing, it inspired me to easily write the story.

    4. Take small breaks and breathe

    When I'm really stressed while working, taking a second to see that there are other things going on around me, helps ease the tension in my mind.

    5. Listen to music

    Similar effect to #4 on this list. Ryan Holiday talks about listening to the same song over and over.

    6. Exercise

    While this just makes everything better, I do find it helps with creativity.

    7. Idea sex

    Courtesy of @JamesAltucher of course!

    8. Self compassion

    When I feel blocked I always reassure myself that I've been here before and I've always made out fine.

    9. Give yourself a time limit and other constraints

    You'd be surprised how fast you come up with something when you're restrained.

    10. Get enough sleep

    I don't think anything on this list or @Triptych's will work if you're sleep-deprived.

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