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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.

Also, hello.

*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? 

Talk to me in the comment section!

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28 Comments

  1. ThebookclubEscort June 27, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    It wasn’t until this pandemic that I realised that irrespective of what happens, the art is there and never leaves us. Take for example, those whose creative side requires they travel or be at various locations to be able to create something will definitely have to channel their creativity. I mean now that this pandemic has put a lot of things on standstill, it only one thing. Channeling the inner creative. It’s okay, sometimes you think it’s not there, but it is

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    1. Salaudeen Abdulwareez June 27, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      When creative blocks hit, I do something different…take a drive, play sport, nap, something entirely different.
      Through that, the inner creative is awaken and revived.
      You can never force your way through the block…it’ll grow as you force it.
      You just have to relax and let it refresh itself.

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      1. Mo's blog June 27, 2020 at 11:28 pm

        Well said, thank you.

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    2. Mo's blog June 27, 2020 at 11:24 pm

      Totally correct. Thank you for stopping by 💜

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  2. Rhoda Morakinyo June 27, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    When writer’s block hits, I intentionally take long breaks to relax, refresh, read other people’s works and gather new inspiration…. I’m learning not to force my way through the block…

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    1. Mo's blog June 27, 2020 at 11:25 pm

      The best thing to do tbh. I’m glad you have that figured out already 💜.

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  3. Oseruona June 27, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Hi baby!!
    First and foremost, our creativity will not be eaten by a huge cube of chaos in Jesus name.
    Secondly, IS THAT MY NAME I SEE THERE? Aww my chessstttt. I’ll keep sending you links if that’s what it takes to read amazing stuff from you.
    Thirdly, I totally agree with what you’ve said. We all need a break sometimes, it’s not easy to be consistent and even when we’re not, it doesn’t make us lesser creatives because we exercise or creativity in different ways.
    In conclusion, you’re doing great. Keep pushing, I love you!

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    1. Oseruona June 27, 2020 at 7:22 pm

      P.s: I don’t think I’ve gotten a solution for when blocks hit. Sigh.

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      1. Mo's blog June 27, 2020 at 11:27 pm

        You only need to take your time off G. It will come rushing back when it’s time.

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    2. Mo's blog June 27, 2020 at 11:26 pm

      This guy 😂😂. Thank you, thank you babe. I love you too.

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  4. Tarimoboere June 27, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    I recently felt like I was having a huge creative block and I didn’t realize how bad it was until I had time to seat at home during the lockdown. To a large extent, what happened for me was that I realized, I wasn’t connecting with other art forms that kept me motivated and I was using so much energy (meaning creative energy) and not replenishing the sources. Now, I just take a break when I feel like I’m doing too much. I think that was also a problem doing too much at a time van be stressful for me.. But it’s also tempting for me

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    1. Mo's blog June 27, 2020 at 11:32 pm

      Yes sis. Knowing when to stop bothering yourself is the best.

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      1. Tarimoboere June 29, 2020 at 7:29 pm

        You know it.

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  5. Yemi June 28, 2020 at 5:51 am

    Nice write up, well done

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    1. Mo's blog June 28, 2020 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you, mummy ❤️❤️

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  6. aybee910 June 28, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Creative blocks can be crazy when they come crashing. For me, I just chill and distract my self with something else. Sometimes, I listen to a jam that has me vibing, other times, I could just take the time to read stuff written by other people. After sometime I go back to what I was doing and the idea starts to flow somehow someway. This happens to me most especially when I’m writing a story and I seem stock somewhere. Sometimes, I want to start a story, there’s a little glimpse of idea in my head but somehow I’m trying to work my way through it by immersing myself, knowing the characters to come up with, and who the main character will be. I can totally relate to this. Lovely write up. Well-done and keep up the good work. Cheers!

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    1. Mo's blog June 29, 2020 at 7:03 am

      Thank you and thank you for stopping by 😊💜.

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  7. Hidayat. June 28, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Quite creative, keep up the good work👏🏻

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    1. Mo's blog June 29, 2020 at 7:02 am

      Thank youuuu 💜.

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  8. koladeamusat June 28, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Some of us are still trying very hard to find where their creativity lies. I personally feel I don’t have something I get creative in doing. Like a talent to nurture and I feel Bad about it

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    1. Mo's blog June 29, 2020 at 7:01 am

      You can definitely be creative in anything to be honest, talk about business for example. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an art or writing, and i’m sure you still have your talent to find and you will.

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  9. ronkesuyi June 28, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Creativity blocks can be really crazy most especially when a person is trying to put down a lot of emotions, reactions and words. Most times, it’s best to take a break and watch others create. Thank you for this amazing piece. 👍

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    1. Mo's blog June 29, 2020 at 6:59 am

      Thank you for stopping by 💜.

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  10. shespeed June 29, 2020 at 7:04 am

    I think the comments on this post are amazing and together with the blog post,they’re a whole new source of inspiration, tbh. Thank you so much for this.❤

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    1. Mo's blog June 29, 2020 at 7:28 am

      You’re welcome dear 😚❤️

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  11. Mathias June 29, 2020 at 8:24 am

    You can’t force Creativity.
    As a Designer, Once i hit a block, i take a break. I either listen to Music or Sleep, can’t do anything strenuous.
    Checking out other creatives works also help in having another perspective or approach during that phase.

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    1. Mo's blog June 29, 2020 at 9:06 am

      Exactly my point!

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  12. Inpulse July 1, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    First, the number of cases of people with the virus is actually correct, people are getting infected on a daily basis… A virus is a very prolific ‘thing’, they could wipe out the Earth in months but thank God no Virus has evolved that well though😂🤲🏾
    Now as a Creative(dancer), I deal with blocks by relaxing and not thinking of the block… I also watch things related to my Creative aspect if I can’t relax💯 That way, inspiration flowssss✨

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