It's been quite a long time since my last blog post, over 7 months to be exact. I blame this on various factors: hectic work/life schedule, procrastination, laziness, distracted, bored, tired, and finally just the overall lack of creativity. But to be fair I was also doing several final edits on my book which should be out in July of this year so editing kind of sucked all the creative juices out of me. Speaking of which, this would be a good segway into my next topic.
When you think of a creative person images that come to mind are of someone who's whimsical, vivid, and carefree. This person seems to ooze unconventional ideas in the form of art, stories, and/music. He has the innate ability to transport you into their world even if it's for a brief moment. Now we've all heard the terms "tortured artist" and "writer's block." And we've also read about artists, authors, and poets who suffered emotional instabilities. But there's another dilemma that wreaks havoc on the creative mind that most artists don't want to admit to or even acknowledge. Maybe it's not admitted because it brings feelings of shame, guilt, or even a sense of betrayal to their craft. Maybe they think if they feel this way then they are not a true artist. This would be the feeling of being almost bored or uninterested in painting, writing, or creating music.
Any job can eventually feel mundane and monotonous. But this shouldn't apply to creativity? Or can it? Artists can absolutely feel constricted by their craft. It may even become lack-luster. Take for example the writer. When he isn't writing he's thinking about writing or wracked by guilt for not writing. This creates quite a conundrum. A writer should be passionate about his work. So naturally it's not a stretch to see how this can cause self-loathing in the writer. Creativity should be fun and spontaneous? Shouldn't it? So how can a writer or an artist suffocate under his own passion? I think the expectation of how a creative mind should exist IS the precise reason this happens.
Even perfectly loving marriages and those dream jobs can become repetitive. You would think being creative isn't a job because you're not required to do it. Well, you're not required to be married or maintain that dream job but you do because it's what you really want. You take the good with the bad. Nothing is always 100% exciting or 100% boring, so you stay in it for the long haul. Yet that stigma remains when it comes to creativity. I hope the creative community speaks up more about this so we don't become discouraged and give up on our works. Other wise, it could be a slow and agonizing death of the arts and all those creative geniuses.