Hello, to my ardent readers and to those that are new to my blog.
Welcome back to my blog.
I really think i’ve had enough of this corona virus plastered across every headline, conversation, text message, social media post, blog post, and every other post in existence. The number of people that have this virus doesn’t sit right with me to be very honest. In my opinion, I feel like the government authorities are tampering with the numbers because how is it possible to have over 600 affected people in a day? But that’s that, coz i’ve actually lost interest.
*awkwardly waves* How has it been since I posted here?
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Do you sometimes wonder if your creativity was eaten by a huge cube of chaos because you find it difficult to come up with a post or an art? Well, this has happened to me a few times and when i decide to post, it’ll be because Ruona sends me a link to her blog post and not be because i really wanted to or it’ll probably be a ramble post. Even now, lying down on my bed to write this, i’m not… completely… sure… about how this will end. I always wonder what people think about my blog, how do I blog? Are my blog posts what people will be willing to read? or what they’ll just open and close just like a boring book?
Moving on, what are creative blocks? According to google, creative blocks are barriers to inspiration, can be described as the inability to access one’s internal creativity.
Barriers are part of life’s terrain – private struggles, physical impediments or busy schedules hamper people’s creativity. But artists can still identify artists, and writers as writers, whether on A4 page or in the boundless landscapes of the mind. At times we find it hard to make things, but creativity is also a way of being and thinking, not just a measure of productivity.
I stumbled across a particular kind of quote that filled me with dread. The message was: ‘You’re not a writer if you’re not writing.’ It was very hard for me to argue their technically valid point. There are times when we struggle to keep pen to paper. Not that we don’t have any idea of what we want to write and sometimes it always seem urgent and exciting, having the characters and ideas in your head, but at times, everything wanders off, faceless, through the deserted tracks of mind. It hurts sometimes and a lot of times we tend to be hard on ourselves when we experience this. Creativity can’t be treated like it’s supposed to keep running.
But even when the creativity stops, you can still identify as a creative, experiencing life with the observant and reflective nature of an artist, writer, digital illustrator/creator, photographer, or artiste. The arts – a realm that can feel stiflingly judgemental – is a confidence minefield for many. But one’s sense of self is innate and need not be determined by others. Creative identity, like creative output, is best enjoyed not measured. It’s a process and we work these things out.
There are passing moments when one no longer wants to be ‘a creative’ at all. Perhaps these moments are decisive, and new vocational interests will arise. Maybe a creative path is not currently a helpful one. Or maybe it’s a needed break before a surge of creativity. Everyone’s productivity goes through winters. It’s all OK.
When my output dries up, I always want to be pushed to the edge (I don’t know if it’s just me), and sometimes I treasure my private reflections with pride. However, when ideas and inspiration are absent, the sense of being an artist or writer can remain. People put art and writing on creativity pedestals but we can be creative in many ways – in conversations, how we approach certain matters, etc.
Creatives need not feel deflated while they wait. Sometimes we fill a page, other times we step back and experience life as if the mind itself is the page. This is extremely valuable too. One wishes to physically produce art or written words again, ASAP, but despairing over blocks is draining and counter-productive.
Just take it slow. You’ll create again, you’ll create for me, for them, and for yourself.
What do you do when you get those blocks?
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