So I thought I would look at the causes of different creative blocks and some suggestions to help resolve them. If it doesn't help me - who knows it - it might help one of you!
4 Creative Blocks
- The Inner Critic - Yeah, we know this guy. He's the obnoxious fellow that lives in your head and tells you that your work is crap, your not talented and you smell. AND why do you even both anyways?!? Solution??? Stop the comparison game. Remember why you are creating and hold fast to that. You are creating first and foremost for you. Then work on communicating what you want to say. If the Inner Critic doesn't get it - well - he probably smells!
- Fear - Let's face it, Solution??? Practically - you'll have to start a routine and start creating no matter what. Emotionally, you'll have to accept the good with the bad. There is always acceptance as well as rejection in every avenue of life. Why not in our art?? Start with that attitude and its easier not to get blind sided when your best friend says she'd rather put her Thomas Kinkaide print up rather than the piece you offered to her.
- Personal Drama - Hey life is messy and at times it can get real messy! Who can create when your dog dies, your pick up breaks and you run out of beer? Ooops - sorry - been listening to too much country music - but you get the picture. There is nothing to be done about these things - they are inevitable. Solution??? Accept the Inevitable! Ride out the drama or at least learn to cope with the stress of it. To quote my friend Kristen, "Don't let yourself get stuck in that awful moment" - ride through it so you can eventually get to the other side. And yes, I'm old enough to realize that sometimes that easier said than done. Creative rituals will help - even if its 15 minutes a day.
- Swamped & Besieged - The world is too busy, we're too busy. There are demands on us coming from all directions - work, family, social, even creative. Creative??? Yes! Too many ideas, too many deadlines, too many inspirations, too many classes, too many tools - too many too many's!! How is a girl suppose to sort through all THAT and get anything done?? Solution??? Set your priorities. Yes - set limits. More is NOT more. Be brutal but cut, cut, cut things out of your life. Enjoy the quiet and you'll want to creative.
So of course, this is just my opinion and truth be told, I've suffered from all of these at one time or other. But what do you think?? How have you gotten over blocks??
So What Have You've Been Up to Creatively ?