The ‘Publish My Book’ button seems to be a multitasking piece of HTML. Not only does it somehow transfer all your words and pages into a proper book that people can buy on the other side of the world – wow! – BUT it also opens some kind of hidden tap in your brain through which all your creativity magically begins to drain away.
There you are thinking, ‘right then, onto the next book’… You have so many awesome ideas, all written down in a pile of ragged notebooks. There is even the odd chapter or three of a shiny, new project hidden away in your computer. It’s calling to you in a polite ‘excuse me’ kind of voice. You look at it. It doesn’t look quite as good as you thought it did, but you read to the end. You raise your fingers above the keyboard, ready to carry on. And…
You think the next day is going to be better. But it’s worse, and then worse again the next day. A week goes by and the blankness has gradually turned to fear. Why are all my ideas suddenly so bad? What if I can’t do this anymore? What if I’ve already said everything I have to say?
Last time, the fear lasted too long, but I must have found a way to block up the leak because the creativity came back and I wrote another book. This time around, it isn’t quite as scary because it’s happened before. This time it’s more annoying than anything.
But THIS TIME, things are going to be different. THIS TIME, I have a weapon! And I’m prepared to use it!
‘The Creativity Challenge’ by Tanner Christensen, lists 150 creative exercises to ‘discover your “Aha” moment right now’ and ‘help you ditch typical thinking patterns and finally unleash the possibilities within your mind.’
So that I stick to the challenge, I’m going to pop the next task on my blog. Then, if I don’t complete it, I’ll be a little bit embarrassed!
SO THE FIRST CHALLENGE IS GOING TO BE:
PEOPLE WATCH: Go to a public place and quickly write a short story for some different people you see walking about. Combine the different traits and actions of your ‘characters’ into one compelling story.
Are you in a creative slump? If so it would be great to have some company 🙂