What gets in the way of creating?

At the end of the day, there is always something: something that stands between us and creating; something the stands in the way of finding that fire within that drives us. Responsibilities, job, family, health, weather, Facebook….

My process for creation has ebbed and flowed. I think of an idea. I start creating. I stop creating. Repeat.

But, sometimes, I keep creating and I actually get it out the door.

What is the difference between what I get out the door? And, what I do not get out the door? What is the trigger, which stops me from creating? The cold-hard truth: a moment of difficulty — a distraction, confusion or mood-lapse.

It is as though, I need a personal trainer saying to me: write five more sentences. What would happen if we just kept creating? Even when we didn’t want to create?

I read this article this piece from Charles Bukowski on BrainPickings.com, and it explained the challenge perfectly.

AIR AND LIGHT AND TIME AND SPACE
— you know, I’ve either had a family, a job,
something has always been in the
way
but now
I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this
place, a large studio, you should see the space and
the light.
for the first time in my life I’m going to have
a place and the time to
create.” no baby, if you’re going to create
you’re going to create whether you work
16 hours a day in a coal mine
or
you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children
while you’re on
welfare,
you’re going to create with part of your mind and your body blown
away,
you’re going to create blind
crippled
demented,
you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your
back while
the whole city trembles in earthquake, bombardment,
flood and fire. baby, air and light and time and space
have nothing to do with it
and don’t create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
new excuses
for.

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