When our creative work grinds to a halt, how do we know if our subconscious is quietly at work or if we've hit a creative block?
Image from the juicily illustrated, forthcoming 2nd edition of Blast Your Creative Blocks
“Looking at it from afar like this, it’s easy to recognize that you’ve got a monolith blocking your way but sometimes, up close, this mass is strangely difficult to recognize.”
I’m sure you’ve had the experience of incubating an idea — when you just allow your subconscious to mull over what might be best to do with a project, confident that pretty soon a flash of inspiration will hit and you’ll be back on track.
The problem is that incubation and creative block look very similar on the surface: We reach a hiatus with our work and we are unable to move on. So what’s the difference? And how can we know which we’re experiencing?
What Idea Incubation Feels Like
I don't know about you, when I am incubating, I can sense that my subconscious mind is at work. I don’t feel anxious; I trust that a solution will present itself soon.
Take this week for example: I worked on lots of creative projects this week and I could feel my energy building. Then yesterday I enthusiastically got stuck back into my latest piece, Out of the Box. Incubation had done it’s job and the ideas were flowing.
Process images of Out of the Box 1. Scaling up from original drawing 2. Experimenting with dried flowers 3. Making faux frames
The Horrible Empty Feeling of Being Blocked
But when I start to slip into a state of creative block, the feeling is different.
I don’t sense anything moving below the surface. There’s just a feeling of horrible emptiness!
The Ultimate Solution for Beating Creative Block
Fortunately these days my creative block is pretty much non-existent as I have such a host of tools at my disposal to nip it in the bud. Because I just live to share a good thing, these infinitely valuable tools are now available to you on your Kindle/Kindle app*.
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