Since I call myself a writer, I’m ashamed to say that my most prolific time of writing is when I was in school.
We had two writing classes per week. Every class was 90 minutes long. We got a writing prompt at the beginning of the class, and we spent the rest of the time conceptualizing and composing.
When I was in college, I changed my writing routine to every Friday afternoon for two hours. My reason to only have two hours per week was that I had other classes to focus on – my college major was not Creative Writing. So two hours of writing was all that I deserved.
It’s been three years since I graduated with my M.A. I had been struggling with writing all the time. Much more than before.
I didn’t call myself a writer. Not when I was not published. Not when I didn’t have a writing schedule that could make me feel my “flow of inspiration” and “water spring of productivity”.
Now I do see myself as a writer. Because I write regularly anywhere online, and I have an audience.
Someone reads my story and likes it. That is good enough for me to keep writing.
Writing is creating, and self-caring for me. The creative aspect of it sometimes serves the opposite purpose of self-caring.
To be completely honest, it stresses me out.
It stresses me out because it’s “supposed” to be in some way. Like the girls are supposed to be obedient and the boys must be tough.
Creativity starts personal and private. What’s personal and private is subjective. What’s subjective is never limited to being in some “supposed-to-be” way.
It’s that simple.
So yeah, I started conceptualizing this post by making the following list:
What does not hinder your creativity:
- big chunk of time
- endless resources
- huge pool/endless information
What actually hinder your creativity:
- lack of confidence
But I’m just going to let all of this go for now.
Despite it’s true, that we don’t need gadgets, a big chunk of time, much information to be creative, and it’s true that we need to work on our perfectionism, impatience, stubbornness, and lack of confidence, the only way to be creative and keep being creative is by simply doing it.
Doing it without considering the word that carries tons of weight — “be creative”.
That word can make things really difficult if you put that on your shoulder.
“I’m a creator so I need to be creative and I have to keep being creative…”
No. Just create. And create some more.
Find your time. Enjoy your time to create and work on your craft.
Find your audience who appreciate your voice.
That’s enough. Do your work, and have fun.
So my conclusion is this: what hinders my creativity the most is the burden of the word “creativity” entails.
2 thoughts on “What hinders your creativity the most?”
Great exploration on the topic. I myself actually do find that all my time spent on social media is indeed hindering my creativity—attention residue and all. Perhaps we all have our own journeys to take, and to fine-tune our creative processes for our unique purposes. Anyway, thanks for this post!
Yes. And it’s important to always keep in mind that we have our attention in our own hands! Thanks for reading!