Creative Clogs

If you’ve got a hose spouting a steady stream of water and you plug the end with your finger the water will come to a complete stop. When your finger is removed from the end the water forces itself forward and the steady stream begins once more. So long as it is receiving a steady supply of water from the other end it will continue to do so. “Writer’s block” works in a similar way but such creative clog occurs in areas outside of simply writing. If you are a creator you’ve likely experienced such a bout of resistance in your work.

Writer’s block as defined by Wikipedia is said to be “a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown. This loss of ability to write and produce new work is not a result of commitment problems or the lack of writing skills.” When it comes to essentially any creative endeavor we are subject to something similar. While it may be frustrating while it occurs, if we recall the example above where the finger plugged the end of the hose, we can see that the water sprung forth once more after the finger was removed.

We sometimes experience the same with our creative abilities. If we begin to experience such a clog in our creative processes all we’ve got to do is keep pushing just like the water trapped in the hose. Most every time the clog is simply a frustration and once it is removed we are free to allow our creative juices to flow once more. As long as we continue to feed the line with what we’ve got brewing within the work will continue into the future and you may find after a clog is relieved that the work to follow is of high quality.

I wish for you happiness, success, and growth. Take care friend.

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