The real reason we get creative blocks and how to overcome them

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“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”
– Barbara Kingsolver

A blank page. A world waiting to be born.

That’s what it feels like sometimes when we’re beginning to write, when we’re wanting to write, or paint, or compose some creative work.

The vast expanse of canvas looks like a desert we have to cross on foot or unseeded farmland that stretches beyond the horizon.

Acres of land that must be planted one seed at a time.

This is the lot of the artist. The journey of the creative soul that longs to express.

Why does it feel so hard to create? Or rather, to get started creating? Why is it so laborious to bring our dreams and ideas to life? Continue reading

When following your passion becomes toxic – part 2

In my earlier blog post I mentioned that in order to get unstuck and to make progress in our creative pursuits, we have to move through the fear of closing ourselves from other opportunities if we pursue a path.

We only have so much time in our given lifetime so we must make choices.

But it is so easy to get stuck because we don’t want to have to choose…to choose this job or that job, this class or that class, this business niche, this program or that program.

We want a guarantee that nothing will “go wrong” and that our choices will pan out in our highest favor. We want a guarantee that we are doing the right thing.

But the danger in trying to get a guarantee is Continue reading

When following your passion becomes toxic – part 1

When you’re inspired, it is easy to be overflowing with ideas…wanting to try this idea and that idea. It’s not uncommon to have multiple passions. The fun is in finding a way to combine them all and journeying through the experience and creation of your new ideas.

But where many of us gets stuck is in the preparing for the journey and the deciding where to go, instead of doing the actual journey. It’s like continually packing and unpacking because you’re changing your mind about the destination, but never actually getting on a plane or taking the first step toward where you want to go. Continue reading

The keys to following your true passion while still in a job

It is so easy to dig yourself into an emotional ditch when day after day you have to go to a job that doesn’t inspire you, or worse a job you dread, and spend your whole day there five days a week or more.

Even if you like your job and you genuinely like the people there, the longing to do what you love–to spend your time doing your art–the kind of work that energizes and inspires you, just grows ever stronger, and so does the discomfort in staying in the status quo.

How do you address this discomfort when it’s not practical to just up and leave your job to do what you love? (which also begs the question when is it ever practical to up and leave your job?) Continue reading

Are you hiding behind (well-intended) excuses?

For months now I’ve been telling friends and family that I’m going to finally launch my website and blog, and I’ve been telling them for weeks and months.

I’ve announced false launches; I’ve missed deadlines on my own launch calendar. And every time I’d get really close to pressed “publish,” something would come up. An important graphic design piece would be delayed, the developer hadn’t gotten back to me, I didn’t have time to write the text for a certain page because some family obligation came up.

I hadn’t stop to think that maybe I was simply deciding, in my own well-intended but ultimately self-sabotaging way, not to launch. Continue reading