Creative souls desperately yearn to create as often as possible. We are sensitive and often in touch with more emotions that others choose to bury. Some creative people are naturally prone to a little melancholy, as I touched upon in a previous post Pursing The Art: Depression & Creative Minds.
One of the biggest hurdles I find is that any free time that I have, I feel as if I should be creating something. I need to be writing, taking photos, videos, updating a blog, reading other bloggers and commenting. I have to be creating comments or reflecting on an edit I need to for a manuscript revision. No one places this pressure on me but me.
The drive to write is as natural as needing food to sustain my body. I bet some of you writers and artist can understand that hunger. If we’re not creating, we don’t feel like ourselves. If we’re not spending our free time producing our art, then we feel like we’re wasting it.
However, we can’t be “on” all the time. If we try to remain at our zenith, without taking time to do other things, it can lead to an unhealthy unbalance. As I wrote in my last post, balance is hard to find but it’s necessary, especially for us sensitive artist types. We need to rest assure that taking a walk outside without distraction is not wasted time. Reading a good book, setting time daily to do so is vital for writers to become better at our craft. And spending time on vacation exploring our world is more fodder for our canvas we wish to paint with words, a camera, our brush, or whatever instrument of our choice.
I often feel guilty even when taking time to read. Immediately, a tiny nagging voice reminds me of my word count that I could be accomplishing instead. However, without diving into the rich texture of another writer’s perspective and learning the craft of story telling we can’t mature as a writer. I can be a fast writer and crank through pages, but I’m now investing time in reading more books and allowing myself to enjoy days when I’m off my laptop.
The Bottom Line:
Don’t feel guilty when you’re not writing or creating your art 24/7. You can, and it does happen, that artists get burned out. Even the best artists, writers, musicians, animators, actors—notice when they’ve “burned the candle at both ends.” Not to say that there aren’t some of us that successfully push ourselves to manic levels and complete massive volumes of beautiful work without a challenge.
Personally, I don’t think manically working around the clock is healthy. I’m all about balance these days and I must remind myself, as some of you do as well, that we’re not slacking when we take a little break. It’s okay to have a life outside of our writing and art. It will never leave us and the passion will never die. It will only get stronger with renewed strength.
P.S. This is my anniversary weekend, a mini-vacation in San Francisco with my family. So, sorry if I don’t respond right away. I try to stay up on reading blogger posts and commenting (I follow many). ❤ My apology in advance, I’m trying to take my own advice and take a mini-break (as I write this in my hotel.) 🙂