Saturday, June 19, 2010

Creative Slump

I have been in a creative slump for the past few weeks. It started with a piece of acrostic poetry I'm working on. I chose the word "searching" but I got stuck on the letters C and G. I just can't figure out how to make it work. So I got frustrated which sent my creative self into a downward spiral. I have to give the acrostic poetry a break. I can't start a new one until I finish this one. It will haunt me if I do.

I think I finally figured out why I get into these slumps so easily. I love writing and I want it to be this thing that flows out of me but that is not always the case. Also I want my writing to be grownup. I feel like it often comes across quite young.

Logically I understand that I haven't written since I was a child. When something isn't nurtured, it doesn't grow. So my writing skills are really still at the same level they were when I was young, except with a bigger vocabulary. That doesn't make me feel better though. I feel like I'm not progressing.

So it's time to do something more. I'm not in a place where I can participate in the Creativity Boot Camp that I mentioned in my last post. If I push myself while I'm in a creative slump the slump will only last longer. So I'm on the hunt for inspiration. I think that's the best thing to do during a slump. That and work on other areas of your life. There's lots of photography blogs out there. I can't seem to find creative writing blogs that I enjoy. Maybe that's a good thing. Don't want to start comparing my work to others. That would lead to more slumps. I would like to find blogs dedicated to other types of art as well. So the search is on.

Oh one more thing. The woman who created the Creativity Boot Camp has a blog. Every Sunday she plans on posting a creative prompt. Her blog focuses on photography but I'm sure I can make the prompts work for writing. Plus I can use the same prompts when I'm ready to develop my photography. I put a badge in the side bar that links to her blog so you can check it out yourself.

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