The Midnight Muse came a bit later tonight. “Traffic,” she said. Not that I believe her.

Anyway, tonight the topic is simple: creative block. It’s like writer’s block, only it happens to all kinds of artists. And it’s painful. You don’t feel like doing anything, or you feel as if everything you do is crap. You’re the worst artist ever born. There are many ways to counter this block:

You fight it. Yes, it’s as simple as that. The definition of a successful artist is that of a person who makes art on good days and on bad, who keeps on painting, drawing, writing, even when the entire world seems to conspire against them. But you keep on doing your thing, no matter what.

You wait. Maybe this one isn’t the best of solutions, but it’s well worth trying as long as you don’t end up waiting for a very long time.

You do other stuff. This is, in my opinion, the best way to defeat a creative block. We all need a break, even from the thing we love doing most in the world. We need to recharge our batteries. So go out, live, have fun, go fishing, hiking. Travel. Meet new people. Learn. Make mistakes. Fall in love. Do everything.

The best of ideas come from somewhere. They don’t magically appear. Art is just someone’s way of seeing the world. That’s all.

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