I sometimes disappoint new writers when they ask me about my writing habits. They’ll ask about what software I use, where I work, what rituals I perform before a writing session, what do I drink (coffee, tea, soda, gin…) and I usually stop them.

I stop them because while the questions are interesting, the answers to them don’t matter. But one thing does when it comes to creativity. If you want to get past a creative block, try to relax.

When you feel pressured or stressed, it’s hard to be creative. That’s why many people tend to get ideas while doing something else like walking, cooking or showering.

Cognitive psychologist and creativity expert, Scott Barry Kaufman said,

 “people are more creative in the shower than they are at work. The relaxing, solitary, and non-judgmental shower environment may afford creative thinking by allowing the mind to wander freely, causing people to be more open to their inner stream of consciousness and daydreams.”

So put less pressure on yourself, don’t make your work ‘important’, relax, play, have fun. That’s one way to let your creativity flow.

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