Regaining A Sense of Creative Self

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In some countries, constant noise is used as a form of torture.

Sometimes I wonder if my family hasn’t studied up on this technique, and isn’t using me as their guinea pig.

OK, maybe that’s over the top. Still, the last two weeks have run me ragged. Between two back-to-back spring break weeks, house guests from out-of-town, doctor appointments, a new puppy (!!), homework assignments, book club meetings, query letters, cleaning, responding to email, etc… I am a woman in need of a nap. Or a recharge.

The worst part: I feel like I’ve lost touch with my creative self.

Don’t get me wrong, most of what’s transpired in the last two weeks has been awesome with a capital A, but I’ve developed a kind of hyperactivity. My brain won’t stop bouncing from one thing to the next. And it’s difficult to do any kind of creative work (or any work for that matter) when you’re constantly interrupted by the needs and demands of others.

A quiet mind cureth all.
(Robert Burton)

I know what work I’ve produced in the last two weeks hasn’t been my best, because I’m not at my creative best.

So, now my schedule is back to normal (whatever that means), and I’m anxious to reconnect with my creative self. To find that space again where the ideas flow and the work feels less like work and more like fun. More like the life I want to be living.

Over the next few days (or weeks, if that’s how long it takes), I’m going to be figuring out which methods work for regaining my sense of creativity, and which don’t; and I’ll be writing about it all here.

Maybe what helps me will help you, too.

Stay in touch.



2 thoughts on “Regaining A Sense of Creative Self

    Jenifer S said:
    March 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I know what you mean about noise. I’m looking forward to reading of your attempts to focus and reconnect to your creativity!

    charlene Rehfeldt Bailey Crowe said:
    March 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    My dear Amy,
    You haven’t lost it, it’s just put aside for some quieter moments. I can really relate to what you said about “sounds and noise”. Where I live in Mexico, it’s a mixture of Mariachi music, cathedral bells, honking horns from buses, taxi’s, cars and loud mufflers on motorcycles, bird song, a parrot squawking from the terraza, and the ocean surf. Of course I wear ear plugs at night to sleep, but sometimes during the day when I want to read. When I get home to California, it’s so quiet that I simply can’t stand it and yearn to return to mi casa on the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta! Try to just organize your thoughts into one category… I do with the parrot…..I write down what I think he/she is saying and it turns out to be a pretty funny monologue. I now have a big long tailed sprackle (?) that comes to visit me on the balcony railing. I’ve named him/her Mr. Bird for lack of gender…..and we are carrying on some pretty interesting subjects. It began with the weather and we have proceeded to the traffic, the number of cruise ships in the marina, the local politics (el Presidente of PV (Mayor) will be elected in November, Obamacare (today’s subject)……so just try some deep breathing and or playing ball with the new puppy……………’ll be back to your creative self!

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