Bear with me, folks. I am about to expound upon a mini-treatise work-in-progress.
Sometimes I feel like writing. Other times, though ... what's the point?
I'm starting to see that the creative person's life takes a certain shape. The shape is .. like a triangle. The creation, like, is at the top, and it rests on the body of the triangle. And what we focus on is generally that tip-top point, where stuff gets made or doesn't get made. But it's a way big mistake to not work on the rest of the triangle. The rest of the triangle = everything that supports you, nourishes the self, and generally enables self-realization.
Make sense? 'Course it does. So what do I mean by the stuff that nourishes the self?
First of all, I hope you take me seriously, because I'm being serious. I'm not talking about, like, pampering yourself or whatever. I'm looking at things where the ultimate goal is big lasting success and .. self-realization. So what nourishes the Self? Well that has to be different for everyone. But maybe not. There are some things that are self-nourishing for everyone. Meditation, for example, is uniquely helpful. It has no equal. But what else? What else supports the self? What does it mean to support the self?
Eventually, you have to get yourself back on the horse again.
Not just working because you have to, because drudgery. You have to get to the place where you suddenly are riding that pony and you love it.
Ladies, please take no offense to this...
It's probably tantamount to the skill of giving a lady a compliment.
Short story: it works once to tell your wife she looks good in those boots. Do it a second time, and, well. Compliment her eyes instead.
Bad example, maybe. The point is that everyone (men and women) is resistant to praise, so it has to be specific, real, and kind of catch us off guard.
In other words, you've got to be original even with resolving your "writer's block." (I puke a little at the phrase. Whatev. It applies.)
The good news is that in fact every person is original, whether you like it or not. Despite your best efforts, you will be original.
So, me? What do I do? The good news, I am discovering, is that I have several options. Honestly sometimes a change of scenery is all it takes. A cup of coffee. Listening to a really good album of music, really dousing myself in the sounds. Reading something I really really love. And, mainly, starting to feel better about myself, getting more confidence and "manning-up" about it: My book will be good because dammit I'll make it good.
Ultimately, the reason I've got to get my ass up there on that horse is because it's my goddamn horse, goddamn it. It seems like a big task at the time, and maybe it is, because I have big-ass goals. But universally speaking, it's peas and small potatoes or whatever. In a billion or ten years, the sun'll supernova and blast even our earth-immortal dreams to smithereens. The point is... I'm only one person, but my job (my horse, using the example above) is just my task for this one life. Next life, it'll be something else. So if I moan because I'm missing out on something, well, maybe I'll do that in another life. Or maybe I already have spent lifetimes on whatever that is. When I take a broader view, a view of lifetimes, then I can safely be at peace with this life being limited as it is because it has a focus (the top of the triangle)