It’s been a bit of a slow go since February. Some of it I blame on winter. Even though I’ve been in Canada (from Florida) 5 winters now, still find it a bit hard to be so shut in. Not having open windows and lots of hours of sun makes it hard to get up and go. Hopefully spring will come soon, though as I’m writing this, it is snowing.
The other part of slowness I’m blaming on riding the creative process roller coaster. It wasn’t a lack of creativity – in fact, I had a project to work on that’s been planned for quite some time and was really excited about it.
Why the slowness then? Since we moved last summer, I’d not worked on a larger wall mosaic at all till now. Instead focusing on jewelry for the holidays and then more for Valentine’s Day.
When it came time to get back into creating a new bigger wall project I had so much anxiety just starting. Really liked the design I had and wanted to do it right yet started questioning all the plans that I’d had for it and fell into analysis paralysis. Then, once I got going, I went into the up and down rollercoaster ride of: this is going great! this is awful! maybe it’s ok…. wow – I’m crap what was I thinking!
This up and down happens to me on nearly every project. Except for jewelry. Guess because they’re small and over with in a short amount of time that it doesn’t allow for that roller coaster of feelings to come. It just had been awhile since I’d experienced this ride and and this time it really slowed me down productivity wise.
I used to think it was just me who had this awful ride on projects. Then awhile ago someone posted online this funny “Creativity Process” list in the pic above. 🙂 It was such a perfect description that I printed it out, framed it and put it on the wall right next to my worktable. This way – when I’m in the “This is shit, I am shit” part of the process it gives a little levity and reminder that probably it will work out in the end!
As fellow creatives, I’m curious – do you go through this ride when creating your projects? Does it ever slow you down and if so, have you developed any tricks to get around it?