As a person who’s trying to learn to write a story, play music, think of a way to start a business, find new things to do, and be a better conversationalist, sometimes I struggle with the fact that there is nothing at all going through my head. This can last for an extended amount of time, and it’s scary feeling so expressionless. What do you all do when you feel there is something you want to be doing/creating/thinking about, but just have nothing to express? Is there such a condition, or is it simple laziness of the mind/lack of focus?
I think it’s the trying that’s getting in the way. It’s easier to create than to try and be creative. don’t try to play great music, just pick up your instrument and start playing. don’t try to write an awesome story, just start writing. it’s not going to come out perfectly formed (or even close) initially, and that’s OK. songwriters, poets, and artists I know all create a ton of stuff that never sees the light of day, and they all say the same thing: just keep doing it. authors will tell you “just write, every day”. it won’t take long before you stumble upon an idea that can become the kernel of something really interesting, and then the hard work of developing and shaping begins.
if you’re lacking inspiration, go for a walk or exercise or do something to get your mind out of “I want to be creative NOW” mode. there’s a reason the best ideas come to us in the shower, on the toilet, and stuck in traffic.
as pTc says judgment can get in the way. If you’re specifically trying to make something amazing, you might never get to that point.
I think the fear of sucking gets in the way of many people who would otherwise create remarkable works; what those people don’t realize is that everybody who ends up creating something remarkable creates a lot of “crap” along the way.
reading back I see that my reply focused on your first two points of writing and music but it applies to conversation and new things to – just talk to people, and go out and try new things! don’t get hung up thinking about it.
I’d say to enjoy it as well. However, if you really want to get rid of it, and get some creativity flowing, then go find some! If you want to get ideas for a story, read stories. If you want to get ideas for a play, read/watch plays. If you want ideas for music, listen to music! See what everyone else has to offer, and then put your own spin on it. Nothing wrong with taking things and augmenting what you like and getting rid of what you don’t, or using them to spark your own ideas.
I wouldn’t say it’s laziness of the mind, but perhaps a laziness to act. I speak from personal experience. I think way too much about things, to the point where even errands and chores will stay written on my list of things to do for weeks. All because I’m too busy thinking about it when all I really need to do is just do it. But I agree with those above, it could be a subconscious fear and insecurity of being negatively judged for your ideas. Really though, who cares? Do you. Love what you think and do.
You definitely have things in your head that are ready to be expressed. You may not let it all out effectively and accurately at first, but what other option do you have? Press the start button and just let it out. Writing things down, recording yourself, however you can outwardly express and record your thoughts.
You sound like a busy bee to me. Why not focus on finishing up the projects you start while in that mindstate? Creativity is needed for setting projects up, but finishing them usually takes a bit of mindless dedication.
Creativity comes from a place of stillness, not a conjured effort. Some of my most creative works come from spur of the moment insights – AH HA! moments- and go from there.
I think the key is being comfortable enough with that state of not knowing to say that its okay that you’re not creating something. Once you do that, you mind can be still, and creativity can flow naturally.
I like Jeremy’s idea of being still. You know when your head is full of voices? It’s hard to be creative with all that noise. Creativity comes from listening to your self and your emotions. I think if you stay present, you will find what you’re looking for.
@vishnu You don’t overcome it by fighting it or trying to work around it, that’s just more judgement.
You gotta just accept it and see how ridiculous it is. Don’t give it any power. Say what you want to say, stop seeking approval from others. Just stop doing it, it’s easy.
Apply your ideas. Don’t just confine them to separate projects or efforts. When I got things to do I think broadly and let all my ideas influence one another. How about you just don’t name your ideas, not giving a title to them will allow you to move em around more. I bet you’ll find that your thoughts and visions are interchangeable in different mediums or settings or whatever material you’re working in. Shit connects, for lack of a better word. I don’t know how to say it :)