Life is filled with distractions, which can interfere with the creative process. At some point in time it will happen and when it does we need a plan of action.

Because I struggled with channeling my creative side this week, I decided to share my experience. Distractions can cause me to fall into bad paths: anxiety, depression, or avoidance (procrastination). If I don’t recognize what’s going on, I can spiral out of control. So, I have put together my plan of action. In order to halt my downward spiral. I repeat the Serenity Prayer (seen below) to ground me.

Dr. Sheila Gissibl, my friend and former psychologist, taught me to recognize and change my behaviors. When I felt myself dipping this week, I did two things to pull me back to my creative and productive self. The first was dinner with my best friend. We shared silly stories about our lives over a lovely meal at a restaurant, which helped me let go of outside distractions, and it renewed my spirit. The second was reading. I went to my extensive library of writing resources and pulled The Creativity for Life by Dr. Eric Maisel from the shelf. By the way, Maisel, a psychologist who counsels creative people, has several books dedicated to those of us in the creative arts. If you prefer to read fiction, that’s okay, too. Good fiction allows the mind to travel to another place where the writer has dealt with solutions, giving the subconscious a chance to rest. I chose non-fiction because I needed specific direction.

I am now facing the issues that were dragging me down, placing them in the correct priority of importance (not at the top of my to do list) and using my creative mind to find solutions.

For anyone going through a break from your creative process, I hope you know you are not alone. All artists deal with it, more often than we would like to admit. So, I encourage you to define what leads you into the slump and put together a plan of action for those times when it rears its ugly head.

Wishing you a creative and productive day!


Distractions — 8 Comments

  1. This is a timely reminder that we all have those days (weeks?) when life overwhelms us and we wonder why we are still trying to create. Thanks for the reminder to recognize and control it.

  2. Your plan of action is a great one. I’m adding the Serenity Prayer to my sanity tool box. I’m also trying meditation. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks for the helpful post!

    • Thanks for visiting my website. I’m glad you found this post helpful. I keep the Serenity Prayer on my white board as a gentle reminder to take time and breathe.

  3. I think sometimes the cost of not writing in terms of emotional turmoil is higher than the price of the struggle to write when things aren’t flowing well. It’s hard to accept, too, especially when we’re goal oriented and such, that it’s easy to lose focus and all of a sudden a day or a week are gone. It seems to be part of the process, though, and we have to go easy on ourselves! Thanks, Anne, for addressing this.

    • Virginia, this has happened to me far too often, setting priorities is easier said than done. I’m currently reading about the difference between blocks and resistance. I’ll be writing more on this subject later.

  4. I enjoyed reading your post. I’ve read several of Dr. Eric Maisel’s books, I found them helpful, too. Over the years, I believe I’ve used the “Serenity Prayer” as a mantra. 🙂

    • Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Maisel speak at a workshop and I left so inspired. I’ve rediscovered his books since moving into my new house and they are just as timely for me today, as they were when I first read them. I love the Serenity Prayer because it puts everything back into perspective.