Every once in a while us bakers will hit a creative wall and unable to climb over it. After the 30th Frozen theme birthday cake, I’m not surprised it happened.
Here are some tips to help you to deal with this creative block. Turn that annoying block into an awesome Lego block cake! hehe
1 – Get some fresh air
Take a break & go for a walk. Studies show just 20 minutes’ walk will do wonders. Get the heart pumping and the brain juices flowing again.
2 – Pinterest browsing
Pinterest is like a treasure box for dessert lovers!
3 – Explore other creative fields
If cake magazines and baking books not doing it for you anymore, check out graphic design books, architecture magazines, movies, animations, go to the supermarket, look at packaging designs, window shop and admire the fashion & style. Inspirations can come from anywhere!
4 – A change of environment
Try working in a different environment to keep ideas fresh! Work in another room if possible, swap kitchen with a friend for day or rent a kitchen! The Cooking House in Bangsar has a fully equipped kitchen for rental with a very reasonable fee or you can do a quick search at Tripadvisor, for apartment or hotel that comes with a fully furnished kitchen.
5 – Listen to music
I love listening to Bossa nova music while cooking or baking. I imagine myself busy baking in my colorful Brazilian kitchen in the beachside villa. Hey, a girl can dream, right? It helps! Get creative. Find your music and let it stimulate your senses.
6 – Do something enjoyable
Take a swim, go to the waterfalls, read a book, watch a funny movie. Go have fun!
7 – Turn off distractions
Did you realize the ‘a-ha’ moments always come to us in the shower or driving? It is when we turn off all the distractions, quiet our mind and free our unconscious mind; we will find new solutions and ideas. You can also try meditating in a quiet room, let your mind wander and you might pick up some interesting thoughts.
8 – Sleep on it
If all else fails, go sleep on it. Let your subconscious mind do all the filtering work for you. Tomorrow you will wake up fresher with a complete different mindset and some fantastic concepts!
Do you have a special way to overcome creative blocks? What do you do when you are stuck? Share with us by commenting below.