Creative Blocks. We’ve all got them: perfectionism, overwhelm, procrastination, lack of confidence…the list goes on. And even when you’ve committed yourself to your creativity and learned to work in flow, your most persistent blocks can still sneak up behind you. Start tapping you on the shoulder when you least expect them. Hover over your computer and make nasty faces while you’re trying to create. Do a rain dance until a black cloud forms over your head and starts storming.
I recently had some fun writing about creatively escaping my biggest block these days, which is overwhelm, also known as too-much-to-do-itis. I chose to simply refer to it as “my creative block” as I envisioned a big cement square holding me back. After letting my imagination run wild with fun escape routes, I stopped feeling overwhelmed and started feeling more creative. Try it, and see if you feel lighter when you’re done!
Here are a couple of mine. I’d love to see your creative block escapes, if you’d like to share in the comments.
I turned into a flamingo and flew over my creative block in a pink streak across the sky, and when I looked down, my block was so small and far away that I forgot what it was.
I dug a deep hole underneath the huge old willow tree of my childhood and buried my creative block in the cool, rich earth. Soon its tight contours relaxed and mingled with the happy footsteps of generations of children and the multi-colored strands of their play until it grew into a brilliant bush bursting with juicy ideas.
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