Monday, 4 June 2012

The dreaded writer's block!!

Oh the irony!
So another month, another blog. I see the reminder pop up in my calendar and I start to think about what I want to say and get excited about all the ideas I'm going to have. And then the dreaded writers block hits me out of the blue! Ekk!! I start trying to scramble for ideas, something about Facebook and degrees of separation maybe, or do a film review or something about what I'm learning in college?? All of these ideas fall short of a decent blog and so I start to panic and then of course once that happens, there is no way a great idea is going to come easy!

So I thought why not write about having writers block? I'm taking inspiration from one of my favourite choons, its by Just Jack and its called Writer's Block, the opening lines being..."I get this writer's block, it comes as quite a shock. And now I'm stuck between the hard place and the biggest rock..."

So bascially Just Jack got wrtier's block and instead of just feeling sorry for himself, he decided to write a whole song about how it feels to be in this no man's land of creativity, pretty clever stuff.

The whole area got me thinking about the pressure we put on ourselves to come up with ideas and do we really give ourselves the best chances of maximising our creative potential? 

I recently went to see a Sunday sermon at the School of Life about creativity. It was a great event, the focal point being a lecture by author and academic, Jonah Lehrer. This was preceeded by all 400 of the congregation signing "Clever B*stards" by Ian Dury (pretty surreal but a lot of fun)! 

As an aside, I highly recommend checking out the School of Life website (TSOL ), plus they film their sermons, the one I went to with Jonah's talk can be watched from their home page or from here TSOL Sermon J Lehrer, enjoy!

The lecture linked to Jonah's new book called "Imagine How creativity works". I'm reading it at present and really enjoying it. The key messages I am taking so far are:

  • Being creative is not just for those so-called "creative types" (artists, inventors etc), but for everyone as we all have the same capacity in our brains to be creative.
  • Insights really happen when the mind is relaxed. So the best time for this is first thing in the morning, when you're still half asleep or when you're taking a warm shower or bath.
  • Daydreaming is another great way of getting insights
  • Blue is the colour which brings out the highest level of creatvity (it can double the chance of getting an insight), so sitting in a blue room is recommended (the colour triggers in us visions of sky and ocean which help us relax).
  • The idea that creativity can be assisted through drinking coffee and forcing the mind to focus is false and won't bring the best insights.
As someone who would never describe themselves as creative (years of miserable art, pottery and needlework classes as proof), this is definately an area for me to really work on and develop.

I should listen to the very,very clever Albert Einstein who said:

"Creativity is the residue of time wasted."

So am off to waste some of this long bank holiday weekend (cheers Liz and congrats on 60 years at the top), and maybe find a blue room to sit in for a while!

Will have to see what next month's blog will bring!!

Take care and happy Jubliee weekend!