A couple of years ago I went through an extended period of low creative output. Recently my creativity has dwindled again and though the reasons (excuses) are different, the underlying cause is the same: it all comes back to choice. I can claim I’m tired, yet I know some of my best work was produced at 4 am when my eyelids felt lead-weighted. I can blame many things, but ultimately they are the excuses of a weak mind. When I ask myself if this is the way I want to be, the answer is always no. Every time a writer sits down to write, s/he makes a choice to do it, yet when it comes to not writing – when we have “writer’s block” – we claim it is beyond our control. This is an unhealthy attitude and only breeds frustration. Writer’s block, if it exists, is a choice and complaining about low creative output is unacceptable if you want to build a future in the creative arts. Some days/weeks it will be hard to write and to maintain that standard you have set for yourself. Accept those hard days, but never expect them to last. Expect creativity.
Today I have taught myself a valuable lesson, now I have to follow-through on my choice. My sister used to say “spark up sparky” whenever I was down or non-responsive. It was short hand for snap out of it, honey, there’s too much to do and live for to feel bad. Smile and the rest will come. It always worked, so today, in the tradition of my sister I’m going to give myself the spark-up-sparky treatment and smile while I wait for the rest. Sometimes it is that easy.