Whether you're a writer, a painter, or anyone else that relies on their creativity, it is inevitable to eventually run into obstacles. Some obstacles are physical, like getting sick or losing an important art supply. Others, however, have a lot more to do with your mind (or lack thereof, winkwink). Lacking inspiration and/or motivation definitely throws a wrench in your productivity. But don't stress! It happens to the best of us. Even the most famous creative types of our time (and many times before) have experienced it, and most art professionals have figured out a way to really get themselves back on track. Here is a small list of suggestions I have either used or those around me have absolutely sworn by. I hope that at least one speaks to you! Problem #1: Motivation - Keep a folder of your past works as means of a progress marker. That way, when you're feeling a bit dissuaded about your own style and capabilities, you can refer back to older work you've created and really take a chance to admire how much you've grown! I think that it's never really easy to give yourself credit, but in order to create art, it's important to truly consider yourself an artist. You can do this! (Extra points if you go back and revise your older work. It's a truly great exercise!) Problem #2: Questioning Your Creative Style - Your style is a bit like your Creative DNA. It may seem boring and ordinary to you, but when compared to someone else's work, you'd be surprised just how different and unique your style truly is. We come from many different walks of life with many different personal experiences, and chances are that what makes you 'you' is very prominent in your work. Embrace it, and trust that the more you learn and experience, the more your creative voice will develop and strengthen. Problem #3: The Dreaded 'Ability Rut' - Perhaps the most common form of creative block is simply feeling like you've lost your ability to do your work. Keep working! Keep going! Maybe you won't be so fond of the work you've created, but at least, when you feel like you've gotten a bit 'back to normal', you can go back in and revise, revise, revise. Think of it like this project is a muscle you're trying to strengthen. For writers, this means to go back, continue to edit, and maybe even look for feedback from writers you trust. For artists, this means make a crappy rough if you must, but then go back later and break it down into studies. Once you've done that, you can create a final that blows that rough right out of the water. I hope this advice can inspire some of you the next time you find yourself behind another aggravating block. Also, if you have any advice of your own, please comment with your own ways of getting out of a creative block! I'm sure that your fellow Vinglers would really appreciate it. I don't believe in 'enough advice' ever existing!