Hidden blocks in creative artists

Sheila Chandra - Thursday, July 05, 2018

We all have periods when we definitely feel like we’re moving forward with our creative careers, and then something shifts, perhaps we have a feeling of stasis or (worse) that we’re even regressing...

Is a hidden creative block sneaking up on you?

 This is why internal monitoring is so important for artists. Is our productivity going up or down, are we setting goals and meeting them? Are we doing the requisite networking to keep moving forward (not just posting on Facebook and Twitter!), does the work have a direction, is it finding an audience and a market? Are we renewing our inspiration and drawing on new sources and resources, inner and outer?

Some signs that you’re developing a hidden creative block

Sometimes the factors that stop us are completely invisible. The only sign that they are at work is the slow and horrible realisation that our career seems to be ebbing away.

Watch out for these hidden creative block-making signs


  • Energetic creativity black holes. These can often take the form of being affected by the negativity of someone close to you or even by someone close to them. Anyone who has had a run-in with their in-laws will know what I’m talking about! Be especially alert for signs of addiction or depression in those in your proximity – these need strategies to handle them and to prevent them from affecting you.


  • Distraction factors from your artistic process taking up significant amounts of your time and headspace – whether it’s aimless surfing the net, time spent on other people’s problems, not having sufficient time and space to process your own issues (yoga and meditation are great for this), or acting out in more obvious ways such as abusing drink, food or shopping.


There is a way out of your hidden creative block and back on to the creative track

Reboot by journalling about what’s going on, checking in with a coach (ideally a creative coach), taking a break, going for a walk in nature, going to yoga or meditation class, talking to a trusted friend. And make whichever of these works for you a habit! In more serious cases you may need a couple of weeks completely away from your creative work to recharge.


If you feel like you’re slipping away from your creative work and getting sucked into something or someone else, help is at hand! Creative coaching with me can help you to identify what’s going on and implement strategies to get you back on track. Email me today at for a free 30 minute consultation.

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