Day 2 - When You Don't Feel Creative

I like to read Robert Genn's posts.  He's a painter.  He wrote today about Henry Miller, a writer.  Henry Miller had a list of "writing commandments" that he gave to fellow writers. This one in particular stood out to me.   It's a corker.  

If you're a creative person, you may think that you have to feel creative to do work.   Not so. There are lots of tasks that support creativity which you don't have to "feel creative" to do.  

Not feeling creative?  
Stretch some canvases.  

Not feeling creative? 
Cut out a pattern.

Not feeling creative?  
Organize your work room.

Not feeling creative? 
Sew arms and legs of a folk art doll.
Then stuff them. 

Not feeling creative? 
You get the drift...

Make a list of all the "uncreative" things you can do that support the creative process.  Do those when you don't feel creative.  Read Robert Genn's post because some of the other commandments may apply as well. 


Jan Conwell said...

Awesome. I'd embroider this on a pillow, but I'm not feeling creative. ;~)

Dixie Redmond said...

Jan - ha ha. Just print off the words and tack them up in a visible place. Make that list of things you can do when you're not feeling creative. That's what I'm doing. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Very good! I think that can apply to many areas of our life. We can chip away at something regardless of our feelings.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden