After graduating in June I went through a near-six-month creative dry spell. Although I knew I had the discipline, craft, and a few ideas drafted, I just wasn't able to put anything significant on the page. The few times when I did write I was never able to break past the dreaded tenth page. Being over-critical was definitely one of the reasons for me not being able to progress. After some weeks I basically gave up on writing - seriously, I considered like never writing creatively again - threw myself in my day job and binged watched a ton of movies.
Around the last week of December 2014 I did some reflecting - I think something about starting a new year causes us to do that - and realize that I did want to write. I wanted to stop wasting time and push towards actually creating and completing work. These are the changes I made in my life:
After about two or three weeks of that I started to have new story ideas. While walking home I had an idea about a couple who were cleaning up after a baby shower. That same day I received an opp about a short play festival. Having already written the synopsis, I sat down my computer and pounded out a draft and submitted it. The next week I completed another short play and some other projects. My dry spell was broken and I was on a roll.
Last night my friend D. Robin asked: what do you do when you aren't being productive and feel like you're wasting time.
I told him the following: writing isn't only physically putting down work. It's exploring, curating, reflecting and so much more. These are the things I do to get out dry spells.
Essentially, you just have to keep creating. I now think of my dry spells as 'creative incubation periods'. I believe this has a positive spin and being positive is everything.
In conclusion, this may be a new year, but the game is still the same. There are no shortcuts. You must stay positive and do the work.
Created in St. Maarten. Based in Chicago. I write, say funny things, and enjoy hanging with creative minds.
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