In today’s world a lot of people promote productivty and constant hustle. If you want to make it in today’s world, you have to work. Right? As a creator, I think downtime is just a important as those prolific times. Too much push can lead to burnout.

Creativity is a natural thing. I have times where I can barely stop writing for more than a few minutes without another song, poem, or story idea popping into my head. It’s like a dam broke and all the water has to go somewhere.

Then I have periods where ideas are more difficult to come by. I feel stifled. Poems and essays feel trite or stale. I used to try to push through those times and create anyway. But what I’ve discovered is that those works are often mediocre. They feel forced.

When new material isn’t flowing, it probably means you need downtime. Time away from creativity is good. It helps us to reset. Spend time doing a variety of alternate activites during creative downtime. Exercise, reading, watching movies and documetaries, travel, and playing games are just a few of the things you might do. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.