More on writer’s block as a result of trying too hard…
A number of books have suggested that control itself as an illusion. When I look at it, I can see that I have no idea what is going to happen today. I have some plans but already the day has turned out very different than the plan. Better, in fact. But the rest of the day is wide open. Again, you can plan but life happens anyway.
When I allow that openness, I can wait for images and sensations that become the art. If I lock onto the schedule and push to get it done– an American habit– it often gets all screwed up.
So a “light” plan with endless possibilities is a better way to approach both life and writing. But I have trouble reminding myself of this. I am so used to deadlines, that I use to motivate, excite and scare myself that I forget that life and art happen outside these tight boundaries.
When I relax instead, I see possibilities outside the plan. This morning is an example. I began to relax, then I noticed I was scared about relaxing. That led to specific memories, and more insights about learning to be afraid of my own imagination and creativity. More about that in later blog entries. But I got to see that the fear of our imagination will lead to writer’s block– and other artistic blocks. The fear will certainly inhibit us.
Ways to get around these fears– EMDR, Byron Katie’s The Work are two techniques that work for me very quickly. So I practiced both and got through several creativity-related fears. That proceeded to evaporate my reluctance to do the blog writing.
But I am enjoying this– and I know the next blog entry about the specific fears about creativity which lead to writer’s block– and how I overcame them. I’ll do this later today or tomorrow morning.
Do you have fears about your creativity, imagination, relaxation, letting go?