I got my replacement keyboard yesterday so I can type again.
This is one of those weeks where I haven’t been very creative. I haven’t written anything and the only thing I’ve made in my workshop is a utility shelf (pictures on Wednesday). It’s not that I’ve been “blocked” or lacked inspiration. Quite the opposite – a lot is going on in my brain. Up there are a million bits and pieces flying around, colliding, coalescing… There are at least three writing projects and any number of things in the shop. All vying for my attention and time.
It’s the old ‘menu’ problem. I can only do one at a time and what if I pick wrong? There’s where creative paralysis enters in. I don’t want to be wrong, so I do nothing, or order the tuna melt yet again. Couple that with working a full-time job, all the normal things of life that need to be done, along with all the limitations of the body, and sometimes there just isn’t any obvious creative output I can share.
That’s not a complaint, just a description of how my creative life goes sometimes. It’s a balancing act between all the demands on my time and creative work I’d like to do.
Oh I could go on about focus, time management and “you can do anything if you’re motivated enough.” Likely I’d end up sounding like a bad version of every motivational speaker you’ve ever heard.
The reality is that the creative process isn’t a straight path or even a clear path. It has it’s curves, hills, valleys, fogs, rains, and at times I get lost. At those times, the best thing to do is to simply stop, look around and go back to the last known place on the map and go off in different direction.
So I’ll just leave this week’s post a little short and a little vague while I move off to study the menu a little longer.
Till next week,