How to overcome Artist’s Block
In this video I answer questions put to me surrounding the enigmatic topic of Artist’s Block – Is Artist’s Block real or a myth? What can you do to overcome Artist’s block? Is their a cure for it?
There are many questions an artist faces concerning this topic and it is not solely exclusive to artist’s. Writers claim to suffer from it and I am positive it’s essence is a frustration that occurs in a wide range of varying fields. However it’s prime association is with the so called creative subjects.
In my youth I believed artist’s block to be very real and would spend hours convinced I was stuck in a creative rut and bemoan my lack of productivity. Later I discovered it to be nothing but a mere excuse merged by the brains sole concentration for a particular thing to happen thus the emotive force of desire heightens with such burning intensity that all sense of purpose is lost with whatever patience I had. Having stepped away from the fantasy I later believed it to be only an occurrence of the young frustrated mind but surprisingly find many older and experienced artists still like to believe in it.
Once a person has convinced themselves of a truth it is virtually impossible to undo it thus I do not attempt to deny those who claim to experience artist’s block their perspective of reality. Instead I will share my approach of examining what artist’s block might be and thus heighten a sense of awareness of it in order to move away from it.
Artist’s block is in my personal opinion a forced emotive focus towards a creative topic that we desire to express or accomplish. Following this is a failure to arrive at a source of inspiration valid enough to match the intensity of the creative expectations that we have placed upon that creative topic. Our desire to meet that expectation becomes a test of will and a frustration on our patience. We begin to question ourselves and our ability for not being able to arrive to a satisfactory set of ideas or efforts thus we doubt our ability and resign ourselves to the fate some outside force that is greater than us.
In my mind this is nothing but a soothing comforting excuse. Kind of like a person who hasnt got the patience to loose weight and goes back to eating too much candy and says they are happy. It is better to acknowledge the emotions of desire and impatience and shift focus to something else.
A momentary change of direction is often the best way to train the brain to overcome anxiety and impatience. Once you are occupied with another topic your attention and focus on the initial one lessens and soon enough inspiration kicks in towards that very topic.