Your creativity is flowing… you feel utterly inspired. Ideas are rushing over you like waves. You’re up at night thinking of what to create next, your energy is at a peak. There’s magic in the air. You feel like you’re on top of the world. And then…
You wake up the next morning and its ALL gone. What happened? You’re no longer feeling that enthusiasm to create. Anything you try to make, feels like pulling teeth. You feel at a lost and start to question your creativity. Will I ever have another great idea again?
Relax. This is all perfectly natural. There is an ebb and flow to everyone’s creativity. Even for the pros. Trust me. No one gets to feel the amazing rush of creativity ALL the time. There is a natural wave of ups and downs, kind of like being on a rollercoaster.
You’re never going to always feel inspired, and you’re never going to always feel down either. So instead of trying to hold on to that high, and resisting or fretting over the downslide you may be heading for, just relax and let it flow. Let the rollercoaster take you for its ride. Otherwise, you may just crash at the bottom of that hill.
Embrace those low moments when your creativity ebbs. Take the time to refresh yourself, and prepare for the new wave of creativity to overcome you. Being on the high contantly would only wear you out anyway. You need that down time to necessitate a lot of up time. So be gentle to yourself when you’re in this state, and let the momentum build back up again.
Being in the low doesn’t mean its time to sit back and do nothing. Next week, I’ll share with you my four step process for getting back into the flow and avoiding long term artist block. You won’t want to miss it!
Do you find yourself in a panic when you’re heading into a low spot of your creativity? Or have you found peace with the ebb and flow of it?
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