Every artist I know occasionally suffers from creative block. For me, it happens more with writing than anything else, sometimes even when I know exactly what I’m sitting down to write about. There are few things more frustrating than having the time and the energy, but no words… staring at a screen as blank as my mind. Well, blank except for the impatient blinking cursor (who only blinks because he lacks feet to tap, fingers to drum, eyes to roll…).
Over at the flash fiction site Fridayflash.org, I wrote a piece to help all of us who suffer occasionally from creative block. (And if you never do, please don’t tell me. I prefer to think it’s a universal affliction.) My post is called “Seven Unusual Tips To Stir Your Creative Juices,” and I made it my goal not to be predictable. These are not the same tips you see everywhere (I promise), and though they were written with writers in mind, I think they can be used by any artist. After all, the point, no matter what your medium, is to get yourself into that energized creative space where all the magic happens.
This bit of genius – gravity as muse! – isn’t in the post. This one’s extra, just for you!
Okay, enough silliness. Read the post and get inspired!
I don’t think very many people pay attention to blogging schedules these days, but just in case you do, I’m changing mine. I’m going to start blogging every two weeks, instead of weekly. I’m really excited about this because it’s part of a bigger goal of mine to clear space – physical space, mental space, and time space. Opportunity has been knocking lately, and I want to say yes to more of what feeds and thrills me. The only way I can do that is by giving myself more room to dance.
I think it’s good for a couple of other reasons too. First, I’ll be able to illustrate more of my posts, which is something I’ve wanted to do but haven’t had time for. Second, if you’re like me, you often feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of truly good blogs that are clamoring for your attention. With bi-weekly posts, I’ll be cutting my clamoring in half! You’re welcome! :)
See you in a couple of weeks!
p.s. I’m turning off comments here, as I always do when I write for another site, but I’d love to see your comments over there. In fact, if you have an unusual (surprising, outlandish, off-the-wall) creative tip to offer, please do!