I have no idea what to write about.
I’ve committed to my self and my community that I will always publish a blog and send out an email on Tuesday.
But I can’t think of any thing to write.
I have a whole spreadsheet of blog ideas for the next 12 months, but none of them really resonate today.
I should…be sticking to that list.
I should…be writing something to promote my webinar tomorrow night.
I should…be giving you something inspiring and educational and empowering to read about.
But I’m not. Or maybe I am.
Creativity Doesn’t Always Flow
The thing is, when it comes to creativity, there’s not always an endless flow of it.
Sometimes the ideas stall, or stop.
As I said, the last few weeks I’ve been working steadily on my live webinar (another shameless plug without actually pitching it to you.)
The ideas and the creativity and the productivity has been flowing constantly.
I’ve been totally in the “zone” and I feel like my old, old self (the over-enthusiastic, idealistic woman I was prior to my cynicism about the corporate world kicking in.)
It’s been good.
But when I sit down to write this blog, I’m just not digging it.
And it turns out…
Creativity doesn’t always flow, or show up.
And at this point, the best advice I can give is to…
Keep Showing Up
It took me about 17 minutes to start writing this blog.
And now, what am I? 247 words in and the flow is starting to kick in.
As I write this I’m starting to understand what it is that I’m writing.
Actually, this is how I used to write…before I started systemizing every thing. Like, every thing.
I’d just sit down and just let the thoughts start to flow on the page.
I’d let my story or my blog unfold.
And I’d only edit for typos.
Truth be told, I still only edit for typos – I kind of like to keep my thoughts as clean and uncensored as possible.
But I guess what I’m discovering as I write this is that when you make your commitments and keep showing up, the creativity will start to flow.
And, there’s always a story or a lesson or words of inspiration empowerment in every thing.
Even if it’s not perfect.
It Doesn’t Always Have To Be So Polished…Or Contrived?
Perfection is a big one for me to overcome.
I’ve always been a perfectionist, striving to know more and to do every thing better every single time.
Always aiming for improvement and exceptional.
Only sometimes, it can’t be exceptional.
It doesn’t need to be exceptional.
And what I’ve discovered, as I look back over some of the blogs I’ve created over the last few months, is that yes, they’ve become polished, and pristine, and maybe a little formula-ised, or formalisd.
And yes, there’s a lot of great content – I always aim to give the very best that I can.
But they’re not entirely me.
They’re me of course. But sometimes…
Perfection Overrides The Unique
Sometimes getting things just perfect takes away the character and the rawness and the realness.
Perfectionism takes away the rawness – and too much systemization starts to create a “cookie-cutter” effect.
I should know that from design and architecture.
I always loved the homes that were filled with stuff and things and bits and pieces that reflected the character of the inhabitants.
Versus a minimal concrete shell that no-one was allowed to touch – but looked pristine and perfect.
That’s the thing about any thing creative – there’s nothing as beautiful about something so refined, so well designed that it couldn’t be aby thing else.
And yet, there’s also nothing as beautiful as a something handmade, concocted from found objects and put together with real love.
Find Your Voice
This blog has been very odd to write.
I almost feel a little detached from it, and the words coming out are not necessarily words that I would have planned or perfected.
Which I guess is the point.
At this point I’m in total flow and the words are just pouring out of me – I almost can’t keep up.
I guess they need to be said.
I guess there’s a difference to writing with a clear outcome in mind, versus writing to allow the writing to take its own course and be what it needs to be.
So What’s The Point
So what is the point?
Since there’s a lesson in every thing, I guess the point is
Keep going – When there’s something you want, you have to keep showing up until you get it. Keep doing what you need to do until you get there.
Just start – When your creative flow stops, just start doing that thing that you do – writing, painting, singing – just start, and something will come out. And it may very well surprise you.
Be Unique – Never be scared to express who you are, even if it is a bit rough and raw around the edges. Especially if it is a bit rough and raw around the edges. Because that’s what makes you you. And that’s what people like.