To have the feeling of blah, no vision, heavy, stupid, dim, is hard on any creative.
Especially as being creative — at least for me —
creates a feeling of well-being or even ebullience.
When the critical voices tell me I haven’t got any creative juice AT ALL,
I push through them, write anyway, draw anyway, paint anyway.
I say, “Thank you for sharing Critical Editor (or Arse, if I am in that mood)
but now is no YOUR time…
later when I have to sort through masterpieces for my one-woman show
you will be in charge. First though, to paint!”
I put on great music or an audible mystery and keep moving the materials!
I PLAY! Remember when you were a kid and
you laid down every new crayon color in the box?
I made “grids” and colored the squares,
sorting and smelling the waxy crayons and loving the color.
I was asked by [silly] adults, “Why?” Then I questioned why —
but my CREATIVE KID knew why — it’s all part of the process!
Today I’d call it getting-to-know-your-materials, but then it was just part of the play.
Now, knowing stuck-ness and whatever I am doing is likely to be crapity-crap-crap
gives me a certain freedom and the effort pays off:
a feeling of interest brewing, at least, or an A-HAH! of a new direction, at best!
What do you do when you’re stuck?
From my Creativity Journal ©D. Katie Powell.
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