Today, actually since Friday afternoon (6 days and a bit) I had to deal a Creative block, or barrier to inspiration for my creativity, caused by 2 the words ending with "ion". Depression, Frustration, because of a 4 letter word: (not love), PAIN. This inability to access my internal creativity drives me nuts.
I've got so many projects, some close to completion, some not even started yet (with d-dates). Its medication, medication, medication and a neuro-stimulator. Non of which relieve my pain so that I can work.
Those in creative professions—writers, musicians, performers, artists—are often more likely to be affected by creative blocks, which can last for days, weeks, months, or even years. Luckily mine's longest period is no longer than a week; then I have the strength to deal with pain, not think about it and have the energy to revamp a cathedral and crawl against the ceilings like Michelangelo with brushes and a palette.
I experience a creative block when I experience a discomfort in body, mind or soul and there's sooo many triggers that cause this uncomfortable feeling to kick in.
The biggest triggers (usually it was only one at a time) that closed my creative-juice-taps were depression, frustration and stress. Since the accident there's one trigger that activates ALL of the above, at ones, PAIN!
It can be difficult to get past a creative block, but in the past by often simply becoming aware of when, how, and why a creative block developed could help me work to address the creative block and prevent it from returning. But now? How can I emotionally figure pain out within myself? No therapist or life-couch will be able to sort this one out.
Well, its actually easy: "take away my pain"
My inner critic is often useful in the process of completing work, a project or a piece of art and then sometimes come to dominate certain aspects of my feelings or behavior. This self-critique may sometimes be overcome through focused meditation and then to acknowledge the internal critic but disregards it. A childish one but it works: my need for approval that might also stifle my creative process. I just couldn't get to the space of meditation to acknowledge today. Its usually WHEN I'm creative that I kick into a meditative state and sort out some small issues I struggle to deal with in between the daily rush of life.
I realized that a fear of the unknown aspect is present in some cases of stages where I experience a creative block. And the fear is ridiculous, the fear of not knowing when pain will return if I have a bit of relief.
I've turned to a variety of strategies to address my inability to produce. I find that changing a long-standing daily routine is an effective method. Sometimes a change of scenery to restart creative processes.
Solitude is also an important part of the creative process, and finding time to be alone, away from technology or distractions. It helps me facilitate a renewed sense of creativity.
Then there's perfection, and its not necessarily a harmful goal, tendencies toward perfectionism stall my creative process and prevent my natural flow of inspiration from flourishing. I often reexamine my goals and consider ways in which perfectionism may detract from my creativity.
Take all of the above, subtract pain (which will cause all the "ion's" to evaporate and I'll have a huge, awesome, sexy muse standing right next to me... then I'll think: "What does a creative block feel like?"