Do you know this feeling? You sit down and want to create, write but nothing comes up; or something comes up but you don’t like it; and it goes on for days, weeks even. It can be so frustrating to feel blocked.
Sometimes morning pages or free writing can help me to get back into the flow.
And sometimes it might be good to look at our media consumption. Do you read many blogs on a daily basis? Books, magazines, newspapers, television? If we constantly consume other people’s words and art it can keep us from getting creative ourselves.
That’s definitely the case for me these days. I love the abundance of information and inspiration on the internet but if I read other blogs before I write my own post I feel like everything has been said already – and a hundred times better than I could say it. So why bother anyway?!
Yes, there will always be people who say and do things better than I could do it; or you could do it. Before I try to explain why you should still go ahead and create read this post because Havi DID say it a lot better than I could do it (by the way, all the other posts in her Blogging Therapy are great too!)
I mentioned Julia Cameron and her book The Artist’s Way before when I wrote about morning pages. Another exercise she suggests is Reading Deprivation. Don’t read or watch television for a whole week to let your own inner creativity come to the surface again. Because everything you need to know is already there inside you.
We don’t have a television so that’s not a problem but I find it extremely difficult to stay away from blogs and books for a whole week. If I only try it for three days it’s already immensely effective. Instead of consuming I spend more of my time producing things myself.
(this “monster” is made by Lenja with our new batch of homemade play dough)
Has anyone of you experiences with reading or media deprivation?
Haha…while I was writing this a cheeky little bird knocked with its beak at my window. I looked up and she flew over to the empty bird feeder as if she was saying: “More food please!”
So I better go and fill up the feeder. There are still a few more cold days to come…sigh…