You’re stuck solving a creative problem. Everything you come up with feels derivative and uninspired. Attacking the problem head on is leading nowhere. What to do? Well, certainly not what you’ve been doing. I always like to take a step back (time permitting, of course) and immerse myself in completely unrelated. Inspiration can come from the strangest places, and I’ve found that watching documentaries about things I know nothing about can help me gain a different type of insight even if it’s not directly related to the problem at hand. Usually, that turns out to be the best kind.

I’ve assembled a short list of documentaries on a wide variety of topics you can watch for free online when you get stuck. After you watch one, go back to what you were doing. I hope it helps you as much as it helps me.


Inside Chernobyl

Mitch Was a Writer

Fog of War

The Century of the Self

VICE: Suicide Forest in Japan

Journey to the Edge of the Universe

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers

The Crusades

The Smash Brothers