As an artist, it’s normal to hit roadblocks. Who are we kidding? Just being human it’s normal to run into obstacles- things that set us back. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel. In fact, that’s when you know you shouldn’t give up.

creative process

There’s truth to Stephen Spielberg’s statement “Amateurs wait for inspiration the rest of us just get to work.” Even still, you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you’re struggling to finish your project. We’ve all been there. The 4 step creative process is only a start.

What’s important is what you do next. Take good a look at your creative process- make changes if needed and then begin again.


For starters…..take a breather. Give yourself a chance to clear your head. What’s the problem? Chances are there is a reason for your creative block.

Then….ask yourself the most obvious questions:

  1. Are you tired?
  2. Are you hungry?
  3. Is something else bothering you?

The first two are easy fixes. The third might require a little more effort to overcome.

I’m not a therapist but I do have some life lessons that I’d like to share. I’ve been an artist since the day I was born and what I’ve learned is that how we handle the events in our life directly effect our creative process.

I’ll go over these in great detail in the posts that follow:

  • A ship is safest in the harbor. But that’s not what ships are for.
  • Unexpressed frustrations lead to inappropriate behavior.
  • Lack of communication spawns confusion
  • Be your authentic self.
  • Take care of the little things and the big things fall into place.
  • Don’t be guided by fear. Don’t be afraid to trust.
  • Don’t try to control the outcome. It’s more about the enjoying the process and learning from the experience.
  • Have faith in yourself.
  • Know that persistence and consistency lead to positive results.
  • Live you life fully engaged with an open mind and open heart and let that shine through in your art.

I promise you will be thrilled with the results.

Now let’s take a closer look at each…

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