It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take These (Two Tips on How to Defeat Creative Block)

May 18, 2022

By Karry Liu, Brand Guardian

When you’re constantly creating things for work and yourself, it’s only a matter of time until you come across the hardest “raid boss” outside of the gaming world — the creative block. About three-quarters of the way into my first year at Rogue, I had met my match. 

What does one do when there doesn’t seem to be a solution in sight? Consult the wisest member in your party. For me, that was Mike — Rogue’s very own Creative Jedi, a master of his own craft, my most trusted mentor, and basically a problem-solving genius. His advice was simple; take a walk and curate inspiration.

Take a walk.

Sometimes brute-forcing your way into designing something will work, and sometimes it just … won’t. Pushing yourself to unlock creative treasures and achievements all the time is exhausting. Instead, pause and try the opposite. Take a break, a walk, a deep breath. Let your mind rest and recharge. You know you’re a creative person. You just need a break like any other human. When you’re creating things 24/7, of course you’ll run out of fuel. 

Fuel up and restore your power with a walk. Try going somewhere to separate yourself from the madness. The change in scenery or even what you may come across might spark some inspiration.

Curate inspiration

Sometimes we need a helping hand or a gentle nudge. I strongly encourage any creative to curate an armory of inspiration. Whether on your walk or in your daily life, keep your phone with you as a tool to capture energy: art you’ve discovered, patterns you’ve spotted, anything interesting that makes you pause, think, or want to create. 

For me, I love snapping photos of gorgeous product packaging, eye-catching book covers, historical architecture etched with culture, and clever social media posts. Catch me at Central Market and Barnes & Noble never buying a single thing. They’re my favorite spots to take my walks, curate inspiration, gain experience, and level up. 

Challenge yourself to do this every day for a week. By the end of it, you’ll have already curated a fair-sized inventory, filled with things that energize you to create. Now, if you ever run into a creative block, you can toggle through your arsenal and easily draw inspiration. That raid boss has got nothin’ on you.


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