Friday, May 21, 2010

Writing Life Outloud: Creative slumps are bad for your {mental} health

Sometimes my words are void of passion, just letters floating around on a page, forming sentences.

And the pictures I snap don't seem to capture, feature any emotion or depth or life.

Sometimes I have OH-SO-MUCH floating around in my head -- so much passion, so many thoughts, so much conviction -- and I just cannot unlock my brain and pull it all out in a way that resonates with my soul.

Sometimes I call it writer's block, which is really one of my ultimate frustrations because I cannot process life without writing.

Lately, I've been fishing for some creative fish, and I've been pulling the line back in only to find a bare hook.



I need to get whipped back into shape, lift some creative weights so I can push through these moments of writer's block. Because this kind of slump is really bad for my {mental} health.

I'll be attending Creativity Boot Camp June 6 -18. And the best part {well, maybe not best, but it IS super great!} -- I don't have to board a plane to get booted back into shape! And it's free! And it's being hosted by the ubber-talented, extremely creative, Maegan from Life Set to Words! {And that was a whole lot of exclamation points in one paragraph. Sorry.}

boot camp

So, Maegan, am I guarenteed to break free from these writer's block chains and score the kind of guns you're sportin' in that picture? Dang, girl, I wouldn't want to go head-to-head with you in a dark alley.

And if that's not enough to make your insides tingle enough to pee your pants, I have a little announcement coming up next week. {No, grandma, I'm not pregnant. But I am birthing something brand new with the help of a few lovely, talented, creative, beautiful friends.}

6 comments:

  1. Hogwash! You, my dear, do not have and have never had this writer's block problem. PUH LEEZ. I could go on and on and on and on about the awesomeness that is each of your posts but then I'd sound like the girl who runs into Brad Pitt at the airport, too much gushing, foot in mouth, asking about Jen and the kids vs. Ange and the kids. And I'd forget to take a picture!

    But enjoy going toe to toe with tough girl. That should be so much fun. And sorry, but this is so.not.fair. Could you pretty please NOT keep impatient people like me waiting for this big announcement? Fine, I'll wait.

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  2. @SwedishJenn, So are you comparing me to Brad Pitt? And if you are, does that mean you think I'm hot? ... Just wonderin'. ;)

    But, really, thank you for that compliment. I'm glad the blockage doesn't always show in my posts.

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  3. I love this post in so many ways :) especially the get your insides tingling so much you could pee your pants part, I literally laughed out loud!
    So excited about all the upcoming endeavors!

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  4. You? You have writer's block? Actually, I can probably tell you exactly why. But I'm sure if you think about it you'll figure it out too. Time. You just need time.

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  5. I'm in, I can't wait to flex some creative muscle!

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  6. Ohhhh I'm with ya. I've been dead a bit lately (and taking longer breaks, if you hadn't noticed) :) Unfortunately, I've been a bit swamped with all sorts of other things that haven't been aiding my creativity. IF I have some spare time (ha!) I'll do my best to join in :)

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There's nothing better than good conversation ... but not while talking to myself. Will you play a part in this discussion?

AND will you pretty please have your email linked to your account or leave it for me so I can respond?

Thanks for taking the time to make these thoughts into conversation.

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