Creative Development for Artists, Writers and all Artistic Creativity

I’m having trouble writing my next posting for The Creative Instinct.

I’ve been trying to produce my second article about the power of small gifts – about gifts to and from others. It’s a lovely, juicy topic that’s got my head fizzing with ideas that simply refuse to settle down and let me write them.

Here’s were I think the problem is: I’m trying to write before my brain is ready to write. And I’m doing that because of the self-imposed pressure of posting to the blog on a regular basis.

Well, if I’ve learned anything about my own creative process it’s that my brain ain’t going to co-operate unless it’s had enough digestion time. And this subject just keeps opening up and opening up to reveal a breadth and complexity that I’d not previously recognised.

Trying to compose and martial my creativity in such situations is bonkers – but I guess most of us try anyhow when the pressure to produce demands it. In this case the resultant writing has been painfully laboured and trite until it finally dawned on me that I’ve been forcing the process.

It Feels Like a Block

The trouble is that until you do understand what’s going on it feels like a genuine writers’ block. It’s easy to panic and keep battering away in a desperate attempt to bash our way through. It’s times like this that lead to those familiar images of the tortured artist and writer.

But brute force of mind is rarely the answer.

Especially when, like now for me, the subject I’m trying to write has revealed itself to have much more to it. I need to step back, take a pause, and stop trying to write a book in a thousand words.

I need to remind myself that I don’t need to write everything that’s in my head (or in my notes).� I need to remember that I can’t write with clarity if I haven’t achieved clarity.

My Good Inner Critic

It would be easy to beat myself up about this, easy to let my bad inner critic’s destructive voice run wild. Heaven knows that’s happened often enough in the past.

But my good inner critic is strong these days. He’s telling me that this is a subject worth the extra thinking. And he’s politely pointing out that I’ve been pre-occupied with another project, developing a part of my life coaching website and grappling with the mysteries of Google Adsense.

So the result for me is stangely positive. I haven’t been able to produce the writing I wanted, and yet, right now at this moment of writing about not writing I feel wonderfully assured, calm and serene. I feel great.

I wish you all the joy of creativity.

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1 Response to “My Writers’ Block Isn’t a Block at All.”

  1. 1 Spratmackrel

    I think you are spot on with this. I like to think of it as the ‘brewing’ or ‘distilling’ time. A good vintage is spoiled by rushing it. Sometimes you have to wait for other ingredients to appear and be added to the mash. At others it is a case of waiting for the existing ingredients to mix until they reach the precise flavour you want. In the mean time you can work on another project.

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