ON BLOGS AND BLOCKS

image from google.ca

image from google.ca

I am sure that for every problem there is an answer.  I am feeling not copacetic this morning.  You know how it is – morning fatigue, irritation, grumpiness, I need coffee but can’t have it anymore.  Call it what you wish.

Sheba is being annoying, barking up a storm every time the two little Chihuahuas next door poke their fuzzy white heads out on the deck.  I should not have named her after a queen.  She sure is acting like one!

How am I suppose to get creative and come up with my 500 words in this state?  The Lord must have heard me.  When I opened up Facebook, the first thing I saw was from Canada Writes on:

Art blogger The Jealous Curator on vanquishing creative block

How timely and appropriate!  It is just what I need to get going this morning. I, too, love art and had hopes of becoming an artist.  I majored in Fine Arts and English my first year in University.  I had no work discipline and gave up on the art after a year.  My thought was if I had talent, I wouldn’t have to work at it.  I could whip up masterpieces just like that.  So why waste time in something that I can’t excel and make money at?  I was listening to the voices of reason.

The next year, I dropped out of university altogether.  I had a history of being a quitter. When the going got tough, I was missing in action.  I am trying to do better now.  I am working hard, staying in the mental and physical discomfort of pushing for a little more each day.

When I read some of the winners’ stories  on Canada Writes, I think to myself:  I have no hope in hell!  But then I tell myself to move on.  If I stay in that thought, I will never accomplish anything.  I have to keep writing to get better.  I write because I love words and ideas.  I am not doing it to win at anything.  And I can’t measure myself up against others. We all have our unique styles and words.

I am going to heed the Jealous Curator’s advice on being stuck.  Maybe you will find it useful, too.  Here it is:

The Jealous Curator’s 3-part creative block exterminator
1. Time. Allow yourself time to be blocked. It happens, and yes, it will pass. It always does, but you can speed things up with ingredients 2 and 3.
2. Humour. Don’t take it so seriously. Most of the pros have a really light view on their inner critics and blocks in general. If you can laugh, and cut yourself some slack, the blocks seem to fade a lot faster!
3. Side projects. So, so, so many of the artists suggested doing little side projects to help shake yourself out of a rut. In fact, all 50 of them gave an “unblocking project” at the end of their interviews. They’re so good! (I’ve tried about five of them so far.)

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About hafong

Hello! My name is (Leung) Hafong alias Lily Leung. You always say the last name first….that is the Chinese way. That is my partner lurking behind me. Since this is my blog, I won’t mention his name. But this is a rather cool picture. You see me and yet you don’t…sort of the way I feel about myself most of my life. So this blog is a self-exploration, an archeology dig of some sort. My tools…..words of a thousand or so at a sitting. I will try for that.
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4 Responses to ON BLOGS AND BLOCKS

  1. Manu Kalia says:

    Very inspiring.. I never quit when it comes in all aspect in life.

  2. Yes. We all have bad periods, and this applies to blogging as well as life in general. But what you’ve done is to admit it and move on. You’ve brushed your complaints aside and given others a way to conquer their own writing block. Well done.
    In the 70s, we had a saying–‘grock with it!’ That meant, go as low as you want, get down in the dirt, and when you’ve had enough of that, you’ll naturally rise.

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