Makes you think: in the mood for creating

Ok, here’s a topic i think about often. Often I speak with people who would like to do more creative things but can never seem to get around to them. Of course there are many reasons for this. But I’m convinced that one reason is that we think we need to wait until we are ‘in the mood’ to sew, or to draw, or to write or to whatever.

I am across this blog post by Cynthia Morris some time ago, and love what she wrote about this. Especially this bit:

Frankly, I rarely ‘want’ to write. But I love the satisfaction of getting my ideas onto the page, publishing them and seeing a positive, powerful impact on my readers.

I also know that once I am writing, within ten minutes the feeling of ‘not wanting to’ passes away and I’m engaged in the work.

Do click through to read the full post.

In the past few weeks I have screen-printed a substantial stack of fabric. I can assure you that I am never ‘in the mood’ for screen-printing. It’s messy, it requires turning the dining room upside down with bits of newspaper and pieces of fabric, and once I start, there is no pausing for a coffee break. However, I do know how satisfying it is to pull the squeegee and then lift the screen to reveal the crisp print underneath. And I look forward to seeing that crisply printed fabric stitched up into finished products. That’s what motivates me to get off the couch or away from the computer and deal with the mess.

Oh, and the photo? It doesn’t really have anything to do with this post, except that I would sometimes really like to know what that little man is thinking as he observes his busy family in action!

I’m linking up with #amonthof #mycreativespace for the month of November. Today’s prompt: makes you think.

7 thoughts on “Makes you think: in the mood for creating

  1. meta

    Your little man looks like he is growing up fast in the midst of your busy family. He’s thinking he cant wait to join in with EVERYTHING.

  2. Pauline

    When it comes to encouraging children to practise their music, it’s recommended that you ask them to do just 5 minutes! That doesn’t sound too daunting so they’re likely to begin. Once they’re on the go, 5 minutes easily turns into 10 or 20 or even, as I’ve discovered, an hour or so! Overcoming the initial inertia (is that a tautology?) seems to be the problem for all of us. Thanks for that post, Ruth. I’ll push myself a bit harder to get going and be pleased with the outcome, I hope.

    1. ruthdevos Post author

      I hadn’t thought of applying it to my children! I’ll have to remember that. And yes, it is a tautology :) Thanks for visiting!

  3. Cynthia Morris

    Thanks, Ruth, for sharing my perspective and article here. I think it’s an important point to remember. I keep learning how to use my emotions in my art making and how to not use them. They’re a potent force to be rallied for good, not for procrastination!

    Love your quilting!

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