I have to say that I am pretty fortunate as a writer that my mind is constantly spinning with creative ideas. But, inevitably, we all hit the wall – the wall of writer’s block. That’s when you sit down with your pad of paper or plop down in front of the computer and nothing comes.
When that happens, you can’t sit and will your brain to spew out lovely prose. It just won’t happen. In the world of true creativity, you can’t force things. That’s when you have to tap into some Divine creative power.
During a trip to California, my husband and I visited the Monterey Aquarium. There was an exhibit with 32 different varieties of sea horses. I had no idea there were that many kinds of sea horses. One variety resembled a beautiful plant. It was amazing.
Not long after we returned from our trip, the television show, CBS Sunday Morning, dedicated an entire program to “Creatures.” They reported that there are 1.8 million known species in the world!
While I have always admired God’s handy work in the form of sunsets, clouds, mountains – I had no idea how many species God created. And there are more we haven’t even discovered. This solidified for me the mind and creativity of God. It gave me a new meaning and appreciation of God as the Ultimate Creator.
All writers and artists experience being blocked. One way to tap into this Ultimate, Creative Source is to practice meditation. If you have never practiced meditation, it is a powerful tool. Being stuck, or blocked can mean having clutter in the mind. Meditation clears that clutter away. Practicing to be still and to clear anxious thoughts allows space for new, creative thoughts.
Of course, prayer is always good too. A heart felt, “Help me please,” has always worked for me.
If you are in an office, go outside and take a walk. Or go outside and sit somewhere and look at flowers or trees. Notice the formations of clouds or the details in a blade of grass.
So the next time you hit that creative wall, spend some time looking at God’s portfolio. There’s a lot of creative power to tap into. Did I mention that there are 14,000 varieties of ants? Ants! God’s creativity is amazing.