I haven't posted a new blog entry in over a week. It seems like it's been forever. I feel guilty about this, which makes me think that perhaps I'm putting too much pressure on myself. After all, isn't blogging supposed to be a hobby -- something you do for fun? Why, then, would I feel guilty about not doing it for a week?
The truth is I've been going through a sort of "creative block." (Writers call this "writer's block" but I don't really consider myself to be a "writer" so I'm calling it creative block). I was a bit curious about why this happens so I decided to spend a few minutes seeing what the internet has to say on the subject. One website, voodoochilli.net, describes creative block as "running low on the fuel that fires us to art." That led me to wonder what exactly IS the fuel that fires us to art. I personally believe that for many people this fuel is EMOTION.
Another website, onwired.com, also talks about creativity needing fuel. It suggests that a good mood is great fuel for creativity. This seems to be consistent with my theory that emotion is the fuel that drives creativity.
Wikipedia, the expert on all things great and small, states that depression can cause creative block. I found this interesting because it suggests that not only does emotion FUEL creativity it can also STAND IN THE WAY of creativity.
Personally, I think depression is the most likely culprit for my recent lack of creativity. There have been several times in the past week where I've thought about sitting down and composing something for my blog but then decided I just didn't feel like it. Fortunately, my mood seems to be improving enough to get my creative juices flowing again.
There are a couple of lessons I've taken away from this experience. 1. Take a few days off if necessary and 2. Don't beat yourself up about it. Everyone needs a break sometimes. 3. Don't be afraid to push yourself to do things you "don't feel like" doing. If you wait until you feel like doing something you might never get it done.