So what to do when you’re just not feelin’ it? Creative types tend to view work through an emotional lens. When we’re blocked, it’s frustrating and discouraging, and giving up is easily justified. I’m here to say don’t give up- don’t fall victim to a common blunder. One huge difference between a professional and a hobbyist is the simple fact that professionals keep at it. Why? One easy answer is that sometimes they have no choice. Another more cerebral answer, and one I believe in, is that a professional trusts in his ability and knows that, when skill is applied, results come. Some days, results come slower, but they do come. Results follow action; if you give up, the result will follow suit.
So back to the original question: What to do? I tend to head outside, where I find creativity on constant display. A walk, a ride, or a run will work wonders, as this diversion creates margin. The key is to change your perspective, or better yet, to completely forget the task at hand. Your brain needs time to recoil. Yes, you are taking time out of an already busy day, but your work will be more efficient after the pause.

2 thoughts on “What to do when you’re not

  1. I enjoy this perspective. As the hobbyist, I reluctantly recognize the traits you describe. My aims at distinguishing myself instead as a “good hobbyist” is to work at a project in the aims of ultimately and confidently eliminating certain phrases from my vocabulary when describing the work. Phrases such as “Here’s a track I haven’t finished” or “I just threw this together” or “yes, you are seeing and smelling human feces.”

  2. Too true. The absolute best thing I can do when I’m in a creative rut is get away from the computer. Going outdoors, or at least near a window, almost always helps bring about a fresh take or a new solution. Love it!

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