Brandy Sousa
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Unconventional Strategies to Get Unstuck from a Creative Rut

Ways to Break Out of a Creative Rut:

  • Roll the Dice:

    • Embrace chaos and randomness to stimulate creativity.
    • Try constrained writing techniques like Oulipo or games like Letter Tycoon.
    • Experiment with improvisational techniques such as one-word storytelling.
    • Use chance methods like coin tosses or dice rolls to make decisions.
  • Relinquish Results:

    • Overcome perfectionism by focusing on the process, not the outcome.
    • Take small steps towards your creative goals without worrying about perfection.
    • Start with anything that comes to mind or follow the first impulse after a short wait.
  • Draft, Demo, and Sketch:

    • Understand that creative work evolves and every version is valuable.
    • Embrace the concept of drafts, demos, or sketches to iterate and improve.
    • Finish versions of your work even if they feel imperfect, knowing they can inspire future projects.

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