In Which I Want To Be Creative But Don’t Do Creative Things

A few of you have noticed that I haven’t been blogging lately.  Thanks to those that have taken

asleep at the keyboard

When creative slumps attack

the time to say something.  I’m encouraged, knowing that I have some sort of audience.  It’s not that I don’t want to be creative, it’s just all of the hard work of DOING creative that gets in the way.

I guess you could say I’m in a bit of a creative slump.  I relate to Dan Harmon, creator of the sitcom “Community,” who recently blogged about the need for an outside stressor to motivate him in his creative writing pursuits:   ” . . . if nobody’s waiting to hear from you, why say anything, if you’re not saying anything, nobody’s listening, slipping you deeper and deeper into a creative coma.”

Dear reader, please don’t think I’m calling you “nobody” or dismissing you as not worth writing for.  It’s just that you don’t give me a paycheck.  You don’t fire me if I let a deadline slip a few days or months.  I’ve made myself the promise that “I’ll write a little something every day” countless times, but it’s just not working.  I always peter out.  Even though I dream of one day quitting my day job to write funny stuff professionally, I apparently don’t have enough internal motivation to take the small steps necessary to make that happen.

Interestingly, in some areas of my life, I have incredible willpower, and can just pull myself up by my bootstraps and make big changes without requiring external pressure.  Eating, for instance.  I’ve let myself go a few times, and have put on 20-30 extra pounds.  When I decide it’s time, I can instantly start eating better and shed the pounds at will.  I can resist desserts and high calorie temptations on my own without any special diet or food overlord.  Why don’t I have this kind of self-control when I comes to creative pursuits?

So, writers and creatives, I could use your input here.  What keeps you in the game?  What tricks have you learned to keep you on task?  So far the only ideas I’ve got are:

  1. Be a better person
  2. Quit my job and starve my family until I hit my stride and strike it rich as a sitcom writer

There!  I made it all the way to the end of a new post!  I shall reward myself with a cookie.

5 thoughts on “In Which I Want To Be Creative But Don’t Do Creative Things

  1. brian Post author

    Yes, of course. That is exactly right. I’ve stuck with it for 2 weeks or so now, and have a good start on a short comedy pilot. It feels good. It feels right. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Brittany

    Sounds like you have the creativity sitting inside of you, just waiting to be let out. 🙂 Maybe watch/read some things that inspire you and it’ll happen at the right moment. I’m in a “creative slump” with my drawing/painting and trying to induce a creative spark… Unfortunatey, this seems to just be the curse that comes with the gift(Not saying I’m gifted, but to be able to take something from your mind and be able to flesh it out is a beautiful thing!). Keep your chin up! Thanks for blogging!

    1. brian Post author

      Thanks for the encouragement. I’m currently right smack in the middle of a project that I’m pretty excited about. I’ll post it here when it’s ready – hopefully by the end of the week.


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