Stop Waiting to Create

by Barbara Martin

in How to Tips, Motivation & Inspiration

According to creativity expert Eric Maisel’s Coaching the Artist Within, we must all learn to create in what he terms “the middle of things” — things being both external and internal constraints limiting what we believe we can accomplish.

Facing External and Internal Barriers
Certainly we must create while life goes on, whether we face limits due to crises of historic proportions in the grand scheme of things — or are limited by our humdrum everyday obligations.

More important, we all face crises that are:

“internal, emotional, and existential, crises of faith and self-doubt, crises of self-recrimination and self-incrimination, crises of fear and meaninglessness.”

Whoa boy that’s a load of scary shit an intimidating mental picture. And for any blocked creative person, it’s eerily and crushingly dead-on accurately familiar.

Creating is Hard
No wonder it’s not easy! Even if we manage to set aside a little time to work on our creative projects, or even if we engineer our life so as to be able to create full time, apparently we might just as well be swimming upstream from the base of Niagara Falls.

Because according to Maisel:

“You are always in the middle of your personality, always in the middle of your stream of consciousness, always in the middle of your culture. There is no exit.”

This inner turmoil explains why it can be so tough to do the work — how we fail to produce, how we are inexplicably unable to create, how we procrastinate and then berate ourselves, how we fail and sometimes feel anxious or panic, regardless of the outside circumstances.

When Someday Never Comes
The take home message: don’t wait for that elusive someday when everything is perfect and all systems are go, when the stars are aligned and you are perfectly poised to create, because that super special day most likely isn’t happening.

How to be Instantly Creative:
Learn to create in the now – just do it. In spite of everything. Even though nothing is perfect. Have you figured out how to do that?

Just Do It! Now!
Seriously, drop everything and create. Go do your thing. Do it right now. Turn off the browser and go! It is do-able. Take the next right step. If not now, when?

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{ 5 comments }

Doug Green June 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Ah – we just named our new property “Someday” because it is our someday – our someday gardens, our someday studios (partner and I each have our own) and someday life together. And I’m now taking 1 day a week away from writing to do some other creative things in my life. You’re right – unless you create the time – it ain’ta gonna happen

Mary H Ruth June 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm

This is a great post! Why I’m the first to comment, I don’t know. I will cop your feed. Thank you.

Mary H Ruth June 17, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Barbara – Your RSS feed isn’t working. I tell you because I’d really like to snag it. Fix?

Roy Petitfils June 17, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Well written Barbara! That’s just what I needed to hear. It’s consoling to know that other writers feel the same way. Best of luck with your creative endeavors!

Barbara Martin June 19, 2009 at 1:38 pm

@Roy Thanks for the good wishes, much appreciated and right back atcha/ It’s always a revelation to me to hear how many creative people — even those who seem to be cranking out the work basically troublefree — experience, battle and sometimes successfully manage their own personal version of background noise. I think it sort of goes with the territory. ack!

@Mary Thank you for the heads up, hope it is working okay for you now. Thank you to for the good wishes. Hope you find Reptitude useful going forward.

@Doug It’s funny but based on that descriptuon you seem so proactive, and you actually have a plan and you are working the plan, so maybe it is an inverted joke to call it “Someday” ! :)

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