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Creatively Speaking: Why Do We Get Stuck In The First Place?
Posted: 4/16/2010 | Motivational Comments
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This post started out focusing on ways to get unstuck but quickly took a turn to the reason we get stuck in the first place.

One of my favorite things to do when I get stuck or stalled in writing is to take out the dictionary or thesaurus and look up the word or phrase closest to what I am working on.  Today, I looked up creativity which led me to create and creation.  In my dictionary, the word creation means "the act of bringing the world into ordered existence" and "the act of making, inventing or producing."

If you think about it, in creation, we must also be destructive.  To look from the deepest perspective, to create something, you are creating something from nothing or something from something. Creation is selective because you are choosing therefore something must not be chosen. For instance, in writing you are choosing what words to select, what angle to present or take. There are so many choices that we can often be overwhelmed.  

The key is to think about what you deeply want to say. Ask yourself:

  • What is aching in you to be said?
  • What do you feel needs to be said?
  • What must come forth?

That is why I love it when I am able to answer people's questions. I get to listen to the angle of that particular question. The way a person is asking the question says volumes to me. We all have individual ways to ask questions that reveal something about ourselves, our priorities, our needs. It also gives me an opportunity to answer something from an angle that may be helpful in ways I might never have thought about on my own. It’s wonderful that we are all so unique. That's the beauty of being individual.

So, the next time you think "I don’t' have anything to say because it has all been said" Think again! You most certainly do.  Whatever it is that is aching to come out of you has never been said exactly as you will say it.  It has never been said this same way before. That is why we are all so important individually, why each and every one of us is so important.

Next time you are stuck and think you have nothing new to say, I want you to remember, this one thing.  The unique perspective you offer and the distinctive way you are going to say it, may just be the words of comfort or joy to someone that no one else could offer them but you.

I invite you to leave a comment and share your thoughts and perspectives!  And if you like this post, please share it!


Kylie       Posted: 5/25/2010 8:42:06 PM

Thanks Jennifer. It truly is an act and also a gift - to share something of ourselves with others. Like you, I love to use the dictionary to explore a word I am writing about. I also use random words to help me look at the topic from another angle. http://creatingminds.org/tools/random_words.htm

The Artists Way is an amazing program that can help prevent blockages and getting stuck for those of us that are regularly in the creative space. Its an amazing technique that I stumbled upon. http://www.theartistsway.com/ Have you come across this technique?

Kindest regards

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