What to Do When You’re Stuck

Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Kerouac, Warhol—seems there’s a whole cadre of American writers & artists who soothed their creative beasts with any number of vices. Not that I’d advocate heavy drinking, mood-altering drugs or any of that sort. Still, writers and artists are occasionally driven to excess when their creativity fails them.

So, what to do?

If you’re a writer, some of your famous peers share their advice for busting creative block here (courtesy of WritersDigest.com). Like this from Marc Norman, scriptwriter and author of “Shakespeare in Love”: "I go sit outside and look at the pine trees. I go for a ride in my hot rod. I mentally flay myself for all the mistakes I’ve made in my life. I see if I can steal from somebody else."

Designers and artists, too, tell us that their best blockbuster is to get away from the computer. Here’s a handful of other ideas for getting out of the creative rut.