Hitting a Creative Wall

The only problem with making good art is that sometimes, in order to make good art, we have to be willing to make bad art.” – Julia Cameron

I love this quote from Julia Cameron. Tonight I am feeling a bit frustrated with my music practice. It’s not flowing as easily and as freely I had hoped. A few nights back I had a great songwriting session. I got something down on paper and recorded on my iphone. I used my mandolin instead of my guitar to help get the juices flowing. I’d say switching to a different instrument served me very well. It a tip I learned from the book I’m reading on songwriting for my songwriting class at school.

So often we can get stuck and we judge ourselves too critically. We have to remember that we take care of the quantity and God will take care of the quality. It’s our job to show up and do the work and God’s going to move and steer us in the right direction. I must remind myself of this encouragement. I must show up and give it my best shot. What do you do to overcome creative blocks?

Aching to Create and to Express Myself

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It has been quite a busy and full summer. I played shows around the city (Vancouver) and went to China for 3 weeks. You could say on the outside I’ve lived a fulfilling summer. There is still more. MORE. More waiting for me to tap into and live.

Life can get so cluttered sometimes. Its hard to just stop and to listen. Listen to the inspiration all around. Often I experience this yearning to create, this longing and this pull. The pull is strong and its almost an urge. I long to inspire, to become and to flourish. I long to be the woman I was created to be. With this urge and desire come a resistance. I resist picking up my guitar and writing a song, going to the easel and painting etc. It’s this resistance that we must face. We need to take a deep breath and show up at the page, the studio, the piano etc.

can’t begin to explain the feeling I feel when I’m in the zone creating. Its exhilarating! We must all surpass the force that stops us from moving forward in creativity. Happy creating everyone!