Creativity can unfold in many forms and shapes. If one thing is not shaking, then we can try something else to unleash the creative spirit within us. There are so many ways to open new channels.
I recently communicated with a fellow writer and she said that she was trying some new things. She meant that she was funneling her energy in new media formats. She had not written a new book, but she was doing more online interviews and articles and has found newer ways to stay in the creative mode.
It helps to unload and get rid of some of the inner angst on many levels. Journaling is a great way to talk to that silent friend and let those emotions fly on paper and then disintegrate into nothingness. It is like letting out a big sigh of relief!
If no new ideas for a book project have, as Alice Walker said, “crawled in,” then we can find other ways to color our worlds. We can always blog, write poetry or even paint for that matter. Ernest Hemingway spoke of how painters influenced his writing and said, “ I was learning something from the painting of Cezanne that made writing simple true sentences far from enough to make the stories have the dimensions that I was trying to put in them.”
Lately, I have been creating e-cards for family members and close friends. They have worked as a panacea for both the receiver and me, the giver. As I acknowledged special events, I found increased calmness as I worked with pictures, colors, designs and fonts. I took the time to personalize each birthday, anniversary and sympathy card and found myself deeply engaged during the process.
Many have found peaceful rewards through a host of activities like doodling, whittling, drawing, knitting, crocheting, glass staining and of course, the list is endless. They offer quiet gifts and no talking is required. What a great outlet!
Lynn M. July 13, 2019