You sit in your room, your guitar on your lap, trying to find something, anything, remotely new and lyrical. You try tinkering around, you learn a new lick from a song you admire, you look through your idea notebook and still…nothing.
Or you grab your camera and take a walk. You look at life through the lens; the lighting is perfect and yet nothing speaks to you. You take a few blah pictures, decide you must be coming down with something and head home.
Or you’ve gotten the green light to create a new, more efficient procedure at work. You know the current system isn’t working, doesn’t fufill the needs of the employees or the clients and could be the way to show your boss that you’ve got what it takes to go to the next level. The problem is, you have no idea what will make the system work better.
So what do you do?
You show up. And you keep showing up.
Creative people produce because they show up time and time again. Even when they’ve got nothing. Even when they’d rather be doing something else less stressful than staring into the void. Because it’s only by showing up time and time again do we flex our creative muscles and make creativity a habit – a way of being instead of a way of acting.
Maybe you call your best friend for 10 minutes, bitch about how hard it is to come up with something original and then you hang up, pick up your paints again and start over. Maybe you close down the computer and take a walk for an hour by yourself, just to clear your head and then go back to tackle the project again. Maybe you put everything away for the day and go out for dinner and restart the entire process again tomorrow. No matter what, you show up again.
It’s okay when you’ve got nothing. Something will come. It will. You just have to keep showing up.