This week I have written a series of posts on imagination and creativity and had planned to write more this morning… but my creativity has dried up. I am sitting in front of my computer screen trying to get my brain into gear and it just isn’t working. Maybe it is the fact that I am looking out at what may be the last kiss of summer weather here in Seattle. Maybe it is because I am trying to juggle too much. Or maybe it is just that I am tired.
This photo is of dried out seaweed on the seashore. As I reflected on it this morning, it occurred to me that even here there is creativity. Even when we feel dried out and our brains don’t seem to be functioning, God is still at work within us, creating from the dried our bones of our being something new and exciting.
So what do you do when your creativity runs out? Don’t panic, relax and enjoy is my suggestion. For me having fun is the most important thing at times like this. Today I plan to get out and enjoy the garden one more time, go for a walk, get a rest and give my brain time to refocus. I also plan to spend time reading and meditating on the scriptures. All of these are therapeutic for me. What I hope I can avoid doing is thinking about all the projects that I need to finish.
What renews my creativity may be very different from what renews yours. The important thing is to know when we have reached our limits and not try to push ourselves beyond them. One thing is certain – none of us can force creativity. That is why an author’s freshness usually fades after the second or third in a novel series and why the third or forth movie sequel usually fades into oblivion.
So what keeps you on the creative edge personally? How do you renew your creativity when it runs dry? And what advice would you give to others who are trying to be innovative and imaginative?