Creative Blocks: The 5 Laws of Keeping Creativity In Motion

An object in motions tends to remain in motion and, an object that is at rest tends to stay at rest. – Newton’s First Law of Motion

I believe we can fill in the word “object” with the word “creative” or writer, musician, cook, painter, designer, etc. The dragon to slay with the creative block is getting us creatives from a state of rest to a state of motion. Now, I did take bonehead physics and it helps a bit here. The idea is that force needs to be applied to counteract the forces interfering with our process of creation. Well, this is obvious. You know this already, which is why you would even read this far into this blog post! So now what?

Here are five laws that can help break a creative block and keep creativity in motion:

  1. Keep creating—even when you are not inspired. If you are meant to create, this is simply a way to keep your process in motion and your skills tuned. Inspiration will come, but will you be ready for it?
  2. Keep creating—even when you are short on time or money. There are seasons when all of us are crunched with busy work or our day jobs. Sometimes financial strain makes it hard to invest emotionally in our passions. Is your passion to create worth sacrificing for more money or time?
  3. Keep creating—even when you know you can do better. For instance, it might take at least ten bad songs to write a good song. Further, it may take ten good songs to write a great song. Are you willing to do the math?
  4. Keep creating—even when critics say you should stop. Do not let them stop you even if you are learning from their well-intentioned reflections. Do you create to serve a higher purpose or please critics?
  5. Keep creating—even when you know others are better than you. Yes, there are people better than you at what you do just like there are people taller, stronger and who can most likely score higher on your favorite video game. Do you create to be better than people or be better as a person?

 

Well, you can tell there really is just one law in creating. Create!

The bottom line is to keep at it. But, we all need to be talked off the ledge from time to time since facing the creative block is a reality as we look at that blank canvass, computer screen or business plan. Tenacity is king. Like in physics, forces around us will always be a threat to motion. Still, a creative at rest tends to stay at rest.

Any thoughts you can add to help keep in motion the creative process?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

40 comments

  1. @jeffgoins:disqus thanks and for the invitation to write it!

  2. There is no such thing as writers block.. if you believe that, you wont have any excuse not to create. 

    1. Greg…yes, never an excuse not to create! But, you must admit there are “forces” that get us off balance we need to brush aside to keep at it, eh?

      1. oh definitely.. I think the same thing about marriage too. In my world, divorce doesn’t exist. So if I did run into a problem when I am married, that’s never and option and i would be forced to spend my time trying to fix the problem then run away from it. Same thing with music, it’s my job and i can’t afford to take a break bc I am not feeling inspired, so I resort to forcing myself through and usually it works out for the best. Your list of 5 reasons is 110% accurate

        1. Greg, I love this. So, being a married person or a creative person means living in that reality. Many who are not “creatives” discount that commitment. It is not a hat to put on and off. It is a calling. Thanks for your thoughts

  3. There is no such thing as writers block.. if you believe that, you wont have any excuse not to create. 

    1. Greg…yes, never an excuse not to create! But, you must admit there are “forces” that get us off balance we need to brush aside to keep at it, eh?

      1. oh definitely.. I think the same thing about marriage too. In my world, divorce doesn’t exist. So if I did run into a problem when I am married, that’s never and option and i would be forced to spend my time trying to fix the problem then run away from it. Same thing with music, it’s my job and i can’t afford to take a break bc I am not feeling inspired, so I resort to forcing myself through and usually it works out for the best. Your list of 5 reasons is 110% accurate

        1. Greg, I love this. So, being a married person or a creative person means living in that reality. Many who are not “creatives” discount that commitment. It is not a hat to put on and off. It is a calling. Thanks for your thoughts

  4. There is no such thing as writers block.. if you believe that, you wont have any excuse not to create. 

    1. Greg…yes, never an excuse not to create! But, you must admit there are “forces” that get us off balance we need to brush aside to keep at it, eh?

      1. oh definitely.. I think the same thing about marriage too. In my world, divorce doesn’t exist. So if I did run into a problem when I am married, that’s never and option and i would be forced to spend my time trying to fix the problem then run away from it. Same thing with music, it’s my job and i can’t afford to take a break bc I am not feeling inspired, so I resort to forcing myself through and usually it works out for the best. Your list of 5 reasons is 110% accurate

        1. Greg, I love this. So, being a married person or a creative person means living in that reality. Many who are not “creatives” discount that commitment. It is not a hat to put on and off. It is a calling. Thanks for your thoughts

  5. There is no such thing as writers block.. if you believe that, you wont have any excuse not to create. 

    1. Greg…yes, never an excuse not to create! But, you must admit there are “forces” that get us off balance we need to brush aside to keep at it, eh?

      1. oh definitely.. I think the same thing about marriage too. In my world, divorce doesn’t exist. So if I did run into a problem when I am married, that’s never and option and i would be forced to spend my time trying to fix the problem then run away from it. Same thing with music, it’s my job and i can’t afford to take a break bc I am not feeling inspired, so I resort to forcing myself through and usually it works out for the best. Your list of 5 reasons is 110% accurate

        1. Greg, I love this. So, being a married person or a creative person means living in that reality. Many who are not “creatives” discount that commitment. It is not a hat to put on and off. It is a calling. Thanks for your thoughts

  6. There is no such thing as writers block.. if you believe that, you wont have any excuse not to create. 

    1. Greg…yes, never an excuse not to create! But, you must admit there are “forces” that get us off balance we need to brush aside to keep at it, eh?

      1. oh definitely.. I think the same thing about marriage too. In my world, divorce doesn’t exist. So if I did run into a problem when I am married, that’s never and option and i would be forced to spend my time trying to fix the problem then run away from it. Same thing with music, it’s my job and i can’t afford to take a break bc I am not feeling inspired, so I resort to forcing myself through and usually it works out for the best. Your list of 5 reasons is 110% accurate

        1. Greg, I love this. So, being a married person or a creative person means living in that reality. Many who are not “creatives” discount that commitment. It is not a hat to put on and off. It is a calling. Thanks for your thoughts

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