Creativity can be quite the beast. Whether you’re a designer, blogger creating content, artist, photographer, etc., the creative ‘block’ inevitably happens from time to time. A few weeks ago, I was designing for a client and nothing was working. When I’m creating, I try many options for each element of a design until it all ‘fits’ together. On this particular day, I hated every thing I tried. Nothing felt like it was working. I would step away for a bit, come back and try again. Still, not loving it. Ugh.
I’m a perfectionist to a fault sometimes. It’s resulted in missed deadlines, unnecessary stress and doubt in my abilities. It all comes from wanting to present something beautiful and special to each person I work with. I envy those that can whip something up quickly; it just doesn’t always happen that way for me. I mull things over, try different options, focus a bit too much on small details. It can be frustrating to say the least.
It happens here with the blog, too. I can’t tell you how many posts I’ve started just to scrap the idea, and in some cases an entire (complete) post. I can’t decide how I feel about blogging now...it’s kind of turned in to a cloudy world. There’s less commenting, more negativity and a general over-abundance that makes me wonder if there’s a place in it for my simple, little blog. I’m not doing anything ground-breaking here and I realize that. I know you can browse through J.Crew and find the new arrivals yourself, or you can scroll through Pinterest to be inspired by the color blue. But I like putting things together and practicing techniques, and my blog is a perfect medium for that.
I’m not sure there’s a point to this post, other that to share that creativity is a special lady. She can be your best friend, or your total frenemy. The project I mentioned at the beginning of the post? Things finally clicked and my client loved the design. I didn’t do anything special to all the sudden make it work; it just started to. That’s the funny thing about being a creative...you never really know when it’s all gonna come together.