Surviving a Creative CrisisBy Sara McGuyer • May 26th, 2010 • Category: Thinkering
Somewhere in the pursuit of creativity now and again the ideas dry up. Whether working in paint, film or at a keyboard, it’s inevitable. It happens to everyone.
Eric Carle shared in his blog that he is not immune to writer’s block, or what he calls a “creative crisis.” In order to make it through, he surrenders to the inability to create. He says,
After sleepless nights, and days of raving against my destiny, I may call my editor and tell her that I have “lost it” and will never do a book again. I surrender to my fate. And that is exactly the point where recovery happens and creativity starts to flow again!
Throughout my ongoing pursuit of writing (which I studied in college) and art, I haven’t personally figured out my magic formula for reigniting creative thought. I’ve tried facing the page, the blank canvas, the empty white glare of the word doc. I’ve dabbled aimlessly and created sub-par work that I usually abandon when the real ideas finally emerge. Different things work at different times, but an unfailing solution for me has been as illusive as the cure for hiccups.
I always admire learning about different individual approaches to the creative process, so I decided to ask my network on twitter to see if I could discover some new magic revival tricks. Here are a few of the answers I collected: