We all start out with creative imaginations and creative minds. As young children, the world is full of wonder and awe.
As we get older, we learn to conform, to function more efficiently as adults. We rein in our personalities, formalise our movements, and speak with caution.
It can happen for many reasons. Words of disapproval from elders. Peer pressure from school. Or just a desire to fade into the background.
But creativity can be learned, step by step. Even by people who are sure that they don’t have a creative bone in their body.
It takes a combination of looking at your feelings, challenging your beliefs, and practice.
“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read”Austin Kleon
You might think artists, creatives, people who’ve been making things all their lives have it all figured out. But that’s not the case at all.
I’ve worked with countless professional artists and musicians who’ve hit sticky patches in their careers. Living with the creative flow can make artists prone to depression, and at risk of instability.
They live under the fear of their creativity drying up, or the audience moving on. And when the artist’s identity is entwined with their creative output, it can be a real cause of anxiety and suffering.
Creative block, also known as writers’ block or art block leaves people feeling locked out of their creative potential.
It can be a source of great anxiety and despondency, especially for anyone who relies on their creative output for work.
It’s an area I’m familiar with, as a creative and psychotherapist. I welcome anyone who’s suffering to get in touch.