Creative Anxiety

It has been a while since my last post. I apologize! Life shifting—bit of creative chaos—has upset my blogging routine. It’s all good…and this post I had started months ago now seems particularly apt, as I have begun the process of writing a book tentatively titled  Fresh: The Art and Craft of Food Photography due out in October 2011. Suddenly I find my delving in to the psychology of creativity and creative process particularly resonant as I’m experiencing all sorts of fear, anxiety, procrastination, mental blocks, frequent trips to the refrigerator, compulsive checking my email, mind pops interrupting my sleep, words pouring out of nowhere onto the page one minute, blocked the next, and a general sense of ‘what have I gotten myself into?’ paralysis.

I have found that understanding the nature of RESISTANCE helps somewhat in pushing past it. As I head into this venture I’m very happy to have read Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art that speaks to all forms of self-sabotage when we are creating. He names all the ways resistance shows up (see above) and shares his process which involves 3 parts discipline and 1 part magic…summoning the muse, allowing for grace: setting the scene for the interplay between left and right brain interplay. He also talks about the evolution of self and how the ego is constantly trying to undermine our personal journeys of evolution….be it a new fitness regime, a new diet or a new business venture.   And by the way, Pressfield’s experience in the Marine Corps in the 60’s and as a best selling author makes you want to follow his authoritative, good humored admonishments. Good handbook for the art of living.

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