As artists, craftspeople, creators, we all have interruptions to our creative lives from time to time. How do we deal with such intrusions?
I’ve been battling with bureaucrats over the past few weeks on behalf of a charity I’m involved with. One of those ‘bright ideas’ that suddenly turns into a sort of nightmare with so many unforeseen consequences. I won’t go into details, but it’s been keeping me awake at night and has definitely dampened my creative output.
So, what do I do in the meantime, until this issue is resolved? Well, I’ve been applying myself to those things that require little imagination: sorting out files and deleting old stuff I no longer need, rearranging my collection of over 16,000 digital images, engaging in some small promotional activity, spending too much time on Twitter at this unsettled time in the UK and now that climate change has finally become the issue I expected way back in the 1980s when I first joined Greenpeace.
It’s not ‘creative’ and certainly doesn’t feed the spirit that helps make art, but at least I feel I’ve been using the time constructively. But I’m missing the usual creative buzz; only managing a few short works in the meantime.
So, what do YOU do during these unwelcome times of non-creative tension? I’d love to know how you deal with it; might give me some ideas. Please!