2013 started less than two days ago and I am already immersed in a tight working schedule. In days like these, where I get a lot to do and little sleep, it’s easier for me to have troubles with my creative vein. So, after running into this entertaining article by Mark McGuinnes, I had a though of digging out of the grave an old foe, whom I had the displeasure to introduce already on these pages few months ago. I am talking about that ugly thing that is called Creative Block.
Any creative fellow out there can tell you how hideous is to be stuck with a block of such kind.Especially when you have clients to please. You have to be faithful to your schedule since it’s essential but you find yourself with a bunch of ideas, one lamer than the other and you are in deep trouble. What’s happening?
Lisa Riley explains it quite well:
Creative Block is the inability to access the flowing stream of inspiration and creativity. What was once an overflowing well of ideas may now feel like an endless drought. It can last for days, months, or even years at a time. Creative Block may affect many individuals, but those most affected are in creative professions, such as writers, musicians, artists and performers. It can surface when an artists embarks on a new series of paintings, or when a writer is in the midst of a novel.
Got it? But surely there are ways to overcome this condition. Maria Popova wrote a very charming article which really makes a point and gives out some fantastic suggestions. Inspring Magazine’s guest Jacques van Heerden speaks volumes about the matter and his advices sound my piece of bread. And apparently listening to classical music (Mozart, anyone?) can do wonders. That’s good. I’ve always been a fan of Debussy.