Inspiration, this magical creative and productive feeling, can consume us and make everything in life make sense — it feels like love. We are fired and inspired and everything our fingertips touch is magic.
Most of the time, however, it’s not like that. At least not for the many creators that I know. Sometimes it is more like, I don’t know, this cold miserable empty well where all you’ve got is a rope you can’t find and wet socks that stick to your cold clammy. The Inspiration Trap.
There is a way out.
“Creativity lies in paradox: serious art is born from serious play.”-Julia Cameron
I’m a huge believer in going on an artist date. Settle down, no one is getting romantically matched up with another uninspired artist to dwell in misery with, no. An artist date comes from Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way and is a time you set aside every week to hang out and have fun and indulge your childlike curiosity. It’s important to do this alone and keep it more light-hearted playful than assigned and serious. There are some ideas for artist dates on her website here and range from everything from going to the library and getting CD’s (this is an especially novel idea these days) to watching clouds pass by. Be sure to bring a notebook in case you suddenly get inspired!
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou
I’m going to cut to the chase here — why aren’t you inspired? Take out a piece of paper and write down your answers. Not sure where to start? I have a sneaking suspicion you could probably start with the words, “I’m afraid…” Am I right? If so, what is your fear of? Is it failure? Success? Attention? Not being good enough? Listen, if you’re going to get through this block you have got to get through it. That means no messing around, break through these fears and really face them head-on. What will happen if you fail or succeed? What will happen if nothing happens? Are any of these fears more important than what you wish you could say through your talent? Write about it, paint about it, act like you’re fighting your fear in the mirror, write a song and dedicate it to fear. Then know this: you’ve got a song greater than fear and it needs to get out. So get it out.
Being a creative person is one of the most rewarding things you can be. The feeling of accomplishment of self-expression and of finding your voice and identity can be moving and rewarding. Don’t ever forget why you started and why your passion is your passion. Definitely don’t stay stuck in the Inspiration Trap.
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