Cookier Block

Do you ever have a pretty good creative spree then once it's over you are absolutley drained and find youself empty of new ideas? This happens to me often and I was wondering if anyone had ideas on how to get the creative juices flowing again. This is absolutley the worst time of year to find oneself at a roadblock! 

TIA

Happy Baking!

Shannon O.

Original Post

Step away and take some time off - that's always the best way. I also always planned my holiday baking (in my shop) in such a way that designs were detemined in advance of the rush, and so not every order was customized. It's very tough to be constantly designing when you really need to be in production mode (esp. at key money-making times of the year). Easier said than done though . . . I don't often take my own advice, and so I am usually teetering on the edge of burn-out.

Julia M. Usher posted:

Step away and take some time off - that's always the best way. I also always planned my holiday baking (in my shop) in such a way that designs were detemined in advance of the rush, and so not every order was customized. It's very tough to be constantly designing when you really need to be in production mode (esp. at key money-making times of the year). Easier said than done though . . . I don't often take my own advice, and so I am usually teetering on the edge of burn-out.

Sometimes I will do a tutorial just to get back into the swing of things but I think it is burn out. Not even those look appealing. I will take a step down this month and do my usual. Maybe I can have some sort of come back for December. Thank you Julia for your reply.

Econlady posted:

I'm definitely on burn out and I'm just not coming back this time.

I think when we start creating art on demand versus just from our heart, it kind of takes the oxygen from our fire. Does that make sense?  I hope you find your way again, if it is right for you of course. ((Hugs))

Have a cup of coffee or wine! and relax with the computer.  Do an internet search for what ever theme you are looking for.  Don't search for cookies.  Try searching under things like coloring book pages, embroidery designs, and colors.  Use your search tools and narrow it down to "line drawings."  I usually end up with more ideas than I have time for.  Consider this as artistic entertainment for yourself and enjoy the search!

Cookie Me This ~ Heidi posted:

Have a cup of coffee or wine! and relax with the computer.  Do an internet search for what ever theme you are looking for.  Don't search for cookies.  Try searching under things like coloring book pages, embroidery designs, and colors.  Use your search tools and narrow it down to "line drawings."  I usually end up with more ideas than I have time for.  Consider this as artistic entertainment for yourself and enjoy the search!

Great advice Heidi.

Don't do anything that you don't enjoy. That blocks creativity. Every cookier has their own style.  Build a nextwork and pass the order along, it'll take pressures off that could be freezing up your creativity.  

It's like writer's block. Every great writer experiences it.  You're in good company.  You'll overcome the issue.

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