flack47 - 9:00 pm on Feb 7, 2007 (gmt 0)
It's great that I would read this thread today.
I work on making a weekly print ad for one of my company's clients, and we spent the last few days coming up with what we thought was a super-awesome idea, only to have it shot down and start from scratch with about an hour to crank something else out.
This brings me to possibly the most dangerous, but (dreadfully) often the most effective break for writer's block: the deadline.
I despise deadline's like you wouldn't believe, but I've got to admit that I often turn out better work when it's there to motivate me. Sometimes it makes me do things that I didn't think I would be able to (like pull an idea out of thin air).
I still think that our initial idea was the best, but I'm not embarassed by our new ad in any way, and I have a deadline and and ulcer to thank for it. :)
Keep this thread going. I'm interested to see what other kinds of ideas you guys come up with.