A creative block is an impasse in your creative process. It is when you want to create, but feel stuck, stagnant, and at a loss for what to do next. (The most well-known creative block is Writter’s Block. I use Creative Block because it less medium specific.)
Here’s the thing about creative blocks: your block is like playing with a strong willed three year old. You want to play a certain game, play with a certain toy, or play in a certain way, but she won’t join you. You really just want her to do things your way, but she will have none of it.
Think about the things we often do or say to ourselves in the process as we struggle to get past the block. As you try to force yourself to produce, you say things to yourself like, “Just write! Why can’t you just do this?!?” Of course she retreats from your mean and threatening voice. No matter how much reasoning, coercion, or force you muster, your creative block remains. The creative and lovely three year old simply doesn’t want to play your game.
Your voice may have something else entirely to say.
This doesn’t mean that she doesn’t want to play, she just doesn’t want to play your game.
The best way to get her to play is to join her in what she’s wanting to do or already doing. Listen to her. Play the game she is playing. Spend time interacting with her. Hear her out. Maybe, after some time with her, she might want to play your game. But she also may not today. Maybe her game is more important right now.
Creating is like playing with that three year old. Think about the ways that you interact with yourself around your creative process as if you were engaging with a child.
The best way through your creative block may have to do with creating something else.[Tweet that]
Sometimes the things that we want ourselves to create are different from the ones that we have within us that want to be created. Sometimes, kindness is the best way forward.