10 Tips for Reigniting a Stalled Project

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“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” Steve Jobs

Anyone who’s involved in producing creative work has experienced a stalled project. If you’re an artist, you can simply put down the tools you use in the medium you work in and come back to it when you’re feeling rejuvenated.

But if you’re working “on the clock” as many of us copywriters do, you need to find a way to get those creative juices flowing again quickly so you can get your stalled project completed and move onto another one.

Some basic steps to take when you hit that proverbial “brick wall” include:

  1. Considering your principles and values
  2. Identifying the problem
  3. Assembling pertinent facts
  4. Gathering source material
  5. Looking for different ways to approach the project
  6. Sleeping on it
  7. Using a checklist
  8. Getting feedback
  9. Teaming up with others
  10. Considering new ideas

Let’s do a quick recap of each of these steps…

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John Torre

I reside in North Brunswick, NJ, with my wife, Lynn, and daughters Kasey, Jaclyn, and Shelly. We also have a 110 pound, lovable Rottie named Leo that keeps us on our toes! When we're not hard at work we enjoy spending weekends at our bungalow down the Jersey shore, or take extended trips to Walt Disney World as members of the Disney Vacation Club. For kicks, I draw on my dominant "right-brain" and play guitar in classic rock and blues bands, act for local plays and independent productions, and enjoy writing creative fiction. I'm a published author in short fiction and stage plays and a graduate of a local community college's Commercial Writer's Certificate Program. After graduating from the program I was selected as an instructor and taught "Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror" writing for 8 years. I enjoy many fine relationships I made with my students to this day.

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