Creativity or Despair

April 15, 2014Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Creativity can happen anywhere at any time. To put limits or rules upon it is to kill it. It is when we awaken to the beauty of the moment that our minds relax and we can hear the muse once again.

For some this means a need to change locations, for others this means a need for total quiet. But it’s not these ‘things’ that give us creativity, these things just allow us to settle in so we can then allow creativity to come, but creativity is not dependent on these things.

There are many ways you can find your creative spirit when you are in the grips of creative despair. Don’t become dependent on one way of creating. That way will become a crutch, an excuse, for why you can’t create because you don’t have it.

Oh how the unconscious mind will seek to make sure you don’t have it! It wants to protect you from failure and keep you safe. Set up rules, and you only give it fuel.


What is your creativity rule? Can you break it please! (Tweet It)


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Comments (17)

  • Mary

    April 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Great quote! Usually, I let ideas just come to me, so to speak. I get ideas of plots for novels or diy projects. But they’re cloudy and a bit unclear — I have to put more of the details in and be creative in that way.
    My creativity rule: you only have five minutes, that’s not enough time to get creative. I should probably break myself of this rule. Sometimes five minutes is all I have and it is enough time to let some creative juices flow.

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  • Victoria Lynn Schmidt

    April 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Wonderful Mary! Yes, there are many authors who have finished writing their book in five minute spurts on the bus to work. #50Shades

  • Annie Marie Peters

    April 23, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Yes! As artists, I think we sometimes get stuck in our ways. Breaking out of our routine can be the best thing for us. I tend to do my best work when I’m alone in a quiet environment, but I think I will take your advice and break my own rule today!

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt

      April 22, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Great Annie, shake things up if you ever get stuck.

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      December 24, 2015 at 11:59 pm

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  • Mary

    April 23, 2014 at 1:27 am

    @Annie, I also prefer the quiet. Maybe the sounds of a coffee shop or the hustle of public transport could get the creative juices flowing?
    Okay, off to write… even if only for a moment! Good luck, ladies!

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt

      April 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Oh you must try the Coffitivity app Mary. It’s like a coffee shop noise app.

  • Maura

    May 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I”m pretty flexible when it comes to “where” I need to be in order to create. A quiet place is always good, but there are times when I seek out a busier environment to inspire me. My creative rule that tends to hinder me at times, is more personal. I often tell myself that everything else in my life must be in perfect order before I allow myself the time to really delve into my writing. But really, when in life is everything really in perfect order? There probably is never the perfect time to create, and I’m learning that this is the beauty of the experience. Thank you for the reminder!

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PsyD

      May 18, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Great Maura, there are some who write in 10 minute intervals, whenever they can find a moment. They train themselves to just tap in over time.

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      December 25, 2015 at 12:39 am

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  • Ruby Bryant

    May 19, 2014 at 2:00 am

    I am enjoying your blog. Once again you struck a chord with me, but in the most positive way. “Oh, how the unconscious mind will seek…to protect you from failure and keep you safe”. I know I have let myself stall in my writing, thinking that I was somehow keeping myself from failing in some way. Cheers to breaking the rules that need to be broken!

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PsyD

      May 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Great, self awareness is the key. We have to commit and then see it through.

      1. Marco

        December 25, 2015 at 12:30 am

        mpravo. einai kati pou tairiazei sti donepisa kai exei kai polu oraio gousto kai styl kai sigoura tha exei teleies idees gia ta rouxa pou tha kanei. despina s’agapae. despina for ever. kali epityxia!!!

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