How to remove creative blocks by talking directly to the thing you’re creating.


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Have you ever been “stuck” while working on a creative endeavor like a book, a song, a painting, a sculpture, a design, a new product or service, etc.?  Did you ever wish you could just open up a can of high-performance inspiration, and get on with creating effortlessly?

You can.

By talking directly to The Thing you’re creating.  Ask It a few questions in a friendly way.  You’ll be fascinated by Its answers.

Seriously.  Whether you’re stuck in your idea for a blog, a business or a blues band … pretending that your Creation is a really smart person, and asking It some of these questions will stimulate your inspiration-gland in a way that will probably keep you awake tonight:

  • So, Creation-In-The-Making, what’s Your real name?
  • Why do You want to exist?
  • How do You want to make people feel?
  • Who do You want to help or serve?
  • How do You want to help or serve them?
  • What do You have to say, show or teach?
  • How do You want to make life more enjoyable for people?
  • How do You want to be remembered?

Only after you’re absolutely enthused and inspired by what you learn from your Creation’s answers, ask It:

  • Why did You pick me to bring You into the world?
  • What’s the best way for me to bring You into the world?
  • What’s the first step for me to take to bring You to life?
  • Who else would be interested in helping me bring You forth?  (co-creators)
  • Who else would be interested in having You once You’re out-and-about?  (market)
  • What’s Your biggest, wildest possibility?

Talking with my book-in-progress… asking It these questions… did several wonderful and surprising things.  It lifted the heaviness and burden that can come with a big project.  It repositioned me from “the one doing the work” to “the one translating/conveying/importing the work”.  It removed the pressure to be creative and allows me, instead, to merely bring through an idea that wants to be seen, heard and considered.

This is a new creative process and orientation for me.  I love its ease, grace and flow.  It’s so light and shimmery.  I bet it can even be lived.

And for the record, I am counting this technique as one of the many gems I’ve magnetized from doing this amazing experiment.

Would you do me a favor, please?  If you start talking to your creative projects, and asking it arousing questions, (or if you have done so all along) please share your experience in the comments below.  I’d love to learn how other creators interact with their creations… especially as they’re being made.

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6 Responses to “How to remove creative blocks by talking directly to the thing you’re creating.”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Those sound like some questions I need to ask about my current curriculum project and business idea. I’ll let you know what I find :)

    • Erika Harris Says:

      Lisa, instead of “ask about”… what happens when you “ask directly”… like this:

      Lisa: So, Science Curriculum, what insight do You have for me? What piece of new, fresh information can You share with me that I haven’t yet seen? How do You want to be taught to students? Do you have any inspiration for parents and/or administrators?

      Science Curriculum: Well, I’m so glad you asked! Educators rarely check in with me, but now that you have, I’m going to blow your mind with dazzling epiphanies. I think you’ll want to take notes…

      Lemme know how it goes!

      • Lisa Says:

        Actually, I’ve tried asking directly, and it didn’t even answer me back :( I’ve written curricula and assessment questions long enough to know that if I have to force myself to write and it doesn’t flow, I need to get out. Much as I hated to, I’ve had to withdraw from the project. Thanks for your thoughts and encouragement, but this project just wasn’t happening. Maybe another writing project will come up and knock my socks off with the epiphanies; in the meantime, I’ll be teaching two sections of college chemistry in the spring.

  2. Jenna Says:

    I love this idea. You are brilliant!

  3. translator from russian to english Says:

    Hello there! This article couldn’t be written much better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I’ll forward this information to him.
    Pretty sure he’s going to have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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