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  1. Hey, nice to know someone has been dusting around here...
  2. Now emotional causes for creative blocks, when you know you have everything you need, are a whole different ballgame. I struggle with anxiety more than anything myself and I'm all ears for suggestions for dealing with that one. I have heard it said that creative types are extra prone to anxiety because it's easy for them to imagine the worst-case scenarios very vividly. This can make them unconsciously avoid tasks that remind them of those scenarios leading to procrastination. I guess the best thing is to ask yourself how likely any scenario you are imagining is, and to set it aside until l
  3. Refining: Now that your idea is all down on paper, you can go back and check your work for a second or third draft. Try to be constructive with your criticism though- when something isn't working ask yourself how you can make it better. Finalizing: Remember that creative work is never finished, only abandoned. You will never get it perfect and perfectionism is the best way to keep yourself from ever finishing anything. Bring it to a state you are happy with and then let it go. You are going to notice all of the flaws. They probably aren't obvious to anyone else, so make peace with th
  4. Research This is the phase where you go through your to do list and collect what you need to start working. Gather the information you need. Make sure you have the tools you need. Go back through your notes and make sure you have any notes or inspiration pieces you need available. This is also a good time to do some creative exercises like writing with a timer so that your brain will be ready to go. Action This is the part where you finally get to sit down and do the thing. Remember that for writing this is a first draft, so the point is to get the body of your work down on paper a
  5. Focusing and Organizing: This is the phase where you pick out your favourite ideas and decide how you are going to use them. You want to come out of this stage with a primary objective or thesis statement, a general outline for what you want to do, a specific outline of the work you want to do and the rules you want to work within, and a "to do" list of the next steps you will need to take to be ready to start writing or creating. This is the first phase where you can start asking critical questions about what you are working on so that you can make creative choices about how to spend yo
  6. Brainstorming: This is the famous drawing on your napkin phase where you collect all of your ideas without judgement. You could keep notebooks of whatever thoughts of turns of phrase go through your head, collect bits of inspiration as they come up and outlines for what you want to do with them, or anything that will give you something to draw on. You want to collect whatever possible information might be useful in its raw form. You'll use this information later to combat blank page syndrome. I find it can be useful when I am refining a specific idea to scribble notes on bits of junk mai
  7. Prepare: By which I mean learn, practice, explore, reflect, and get inspired. This is the phase where you collect what you need and get yourself ready to work. When I studied graphic design I had a teacher who got really annoyed at our class and marched us all down to the library in the middle of class. She said the work you are doing isn't any good because you don't know anything about design yet. You're just babies and you need to see what is out there before you can hope to add anything. Professional designers will take the time to look through design magazines and get inspired before
  8. For mechanical causes, if there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is that creativity abhors a vacuum. A blank page really can trip you up because if you don't do your prep work, you won't have anything to fill that page with. I really, truly believe that creativity is not creating something out of nothing but looking at what you already know in a way that will transform it into something that seems new. Most of the time when I get stuck and it isn't because of anxiety, I find it is because I forgot to go through the steps that I needed to, and instead I am trying to brainstorm
  9. I wasn't kidding when I said this was turning into an essay. :uhoh: I'm still writing it because it's what I need to hear right now, but it's going to be long...
  10. Ah, writer's block my old friend... :tongue: Actually, I have come to object to the term writer's block a little bit because it's more like a symptom than a cause. (And the term can cause a lot of the anxiety that can cause writer's block. Fear of fear will make you afraid...) It gets applied to a whole category of things that hold you back, and the key to getting past them is to first figure out which ones you are dealing with. My talents are more for prose than poetry, but I have found through studying a lot of different creative fields that the various reasons behind creative block tend
  11. Sure is quiet around here... It's January, life got quiet, people had their fill of family and friends over the holidays so they don't need to spend so much time on facebook, no one wants to do stuff outside in the cold so they end up on the internet... I just got nostalgic and missed people.
  12. There's always one thread like this, isn't there? Haha. (I'm almost 10! :stunned:)
  13. What if... John Lennon showed up right here right now and asked what the music world had been up to for the last 30+ years? What songs would you tell him to listen to? What might catch his attention? What might impress him? What is new(ish) that you think he might just plain like? Has anything lived up to his legacy? I thought of this one about a month ago, and it has been burning a hole in my brain ever since. I myself just don't know enough about his preferences to have more than some vague guesses, and the real life people I ask have come up blank. Are there any Beatles fans in th
  14. A couple of thoughts...since I need to leave them somewhere... Regardless of gossip, now that I have been forced to think of it, it really scares me just how alike Chris' and Jennifer's (outward, public) personalities are. It's almost like they're two different versions of the same person in some ways... Also, fair warning for you younger folks. Don't bother with big crushes on significantly older celebrities than you. Eventually they always end up with a pretty blonde who is significantly younger than you. *cough David Tennant cough* :tongue:
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