The problem with the blank canvas

I can’t count the number of times someone has said to me that they’d like to write a book or a song, shoot a movie, build a castle…but just can’t get started. OK, maybe not the last one, but you get the idea.

We all have the creative impulse – in fact, we are the creative impulse in motion. That’s really the key to understanding how to undertake any creative endeavor.

The imagination is a limitless supply of ideas & impulses that, when tapped, provide all the fuel any of us needs to sustain a creative life. The problem is that many people have either lost the ability to tap into it or they are paralyzed by the endless stream of ideas to be found.

A man in his late twenties recently told me he believes he is part of the “lost generation”. He says he has been given so much freedom to create that he can’t lock in on what to create. So, he finds himself in the same predicament as the person who has lost touch with his imagination. Neither is accomplishing anything that satisfies the soul.

If you’ve been hangin’ around my campfire for any length of time, you know that Freedom is a key element here. A vital piece for laying claim to your creative freedom, however, is structure. It may seem counterintuitive, but when you talk to most “high-performers”, you’ll find they have a certain structure or method to their creative madness. When I wrote my novel, Heaven, I took Stephen King’s suggestion & committed to a structure of 1000 words per day, minimum. Some days, my characters woke me from sleep ready to jump into their next activity. Other days, I circled the blank page like a vulture, waiting. Those are the days we take our creative impulse for granted, thinking it is up to us, alone, to make it happen. This is not the truth. And buying into this illusion can be paralyzing.

That blank canvas, page or screen is merely waiting for us to sit down & settle in so it can show us what it wants to become! The creative impulse eagerly seeks the vessel through which it will take form. You will do something different with it than I would. That’s the beauty & the importance of each of us expressing the Life Force energy in our own unique ways. If you want to bring your creative work to fruition, you must choose a structure & make the commitment. It will bring you joy & great fulfillment on your creative journey.

What will you choose to express out of the endless stream of imagination today? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Do you know you have something that just wants to burst forth & you feel stuck when trying to move it to the next level? Contact me. I’ll show you how to break free.

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2 Responses to The problem with the blank canvas

  1. Dael Spillman March 19, 2013 at #

    I have 5 children, three of whom are identical triplets. I was widowed at the age of 34 when those children were 13, 9, 9, 9, and 6. During the last 33 years, as I have shared portions of the excitement of sharing in the adventures of growing that these 5 awesome souls have shared with me, people have often said I should write a book about it.
    One thing or another always managed to step in and get in the way. Recently, I periodically get the urge to actually start to write…. yet, I hold back, thinking that after all this time I will surely forget something…. and then the thought comes – well, you have 5 resources to tap if you do!
    Now…. what is going to actually get me off my mental (and physical) behind and up and writing?
    I still am working full time and when I come home to my companion, Punkin (a 4-yr-old, miniature Schnauzer), I just want to spend time with her – even if it is just “brain-gelling” in front of the TV. My son, and one of my daughters and her son, are currently sharing my house with me. They are a comfort and we have such fun together. Surely I can finally get myself “organized” and up and get to writing….. but, ????? 🙂

    • Kimberly Cain March 20, 2013 at #

      Dael, what a life! I’ll say you’ve got some things to write! To your question, “What is going to actually get me off my mental (and physical) behind and up and writing?”, look to your own answer at the end of your comment. Get off your “but”! It’s only in place because you’ve chosen it. Everything we do is a choice. That’s freedom, eh?! So, if you want to create, shift your story. Thanks for your willingness to share.