Trying to develop and nurture a creative habit really becomes a challenge when life throws curve balls at you that require most of your time, energy and focus in order to deal with. I know for me it’s really hard to get back any sense of creative flow when a family or financial hardship comes up that has to be dealt with. I find that whatever momentum I’ve built up drawing, writing, and taking pictures soon disappears. Before I know it, my camera and sketchbook are gathering dust and I haven’t written a single sentence for myself in weeks, or sometimes even months.
We all have different types of challenges that inevitably come up no matter how much prevention we practice. Sometimes we really have to drop everything and take care of what’s urgent. Life’s emergencies have to be dealt with. The key is to not let these situations totally derail us. I find that I consistently struggle with this challenge time and time again. Too often, I allow myself to fall into the common trap of escaping into television, websites, social media, etc. for much too long. Before I know it, I find myself buried in that deep creative rut that becomes so hard to climb out of.[Read more…]