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I’m faced with writers block ALL the time. Writing essays, in the middle of tests, writing these blog posts, etc.–ironically, I erased my opening sentence for this post at least 15 times before deciding what to type. It’s frustrating, but usually a quick break, a nap, or working on something else helps and I find inspiration to continue my work. Artistic blocks, on the other hand, are completely different. I’ve had weeks at a time where I have no motivation or inspiration to even pick up a camera or open any design software. I spend a lot of time questioning if it is really what I want to spend my life doing. I know I love being a photographer and I love doing design work, but sometimes I just feel stuck. When I feel static as a photographer I usually grab my friends and demand they come with me to try something new, and I fall in love with photography all over again. Do any of you ever feel this way? And if you do, what helps you move past it?

2 Comments

  1. Kate Welch wrote:

    I think you found your solution. Grab a friend. Your experience is why it is important to surround yourself with other people that can help you get throught the block. Some people join companies so they don’t have to work alone. If you create your own business, professional groups like AIGA can help you find other people to bounce ideas off and to call for motivation. Networking is the key to finding jobs, clients, and motivation.

    Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Permalink
  2. Vnguyen wrote:

    I was just commenting a minute ago on stealing style. Maybe you need to take a vacation, and step away from “the office.”

    As for what you want to do with your life I bet it will be interesting to see as you grow how your views on life and career will change. The great thing about art photography etc is you don’t have to be in a specific location. You could be sitting on the beach designing a website or taking photos.

    I pretty much agree with what everyone else has said. Good Luck!

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink