Thanks to Gerri Newfry for the link to this blog post by Alicia Tormey on the subject of creative motivation. It’s a fantastic post full of ideas I really need to take to heart. It seems so obvious and yet, I have never really thought about the difference between inspiration and motivation. While inspiration flows through me in varying waves, my basic struggle lies in a failure to motivate myself.
At some instinctive level, I know this. I may have mentioned here that when I don’t feel particularly creative, I can jump start myself by going down into the studio and cleaning up a portion of the perpetual mess. The act of tidying up my supplies connects me to them, and next thing I know I find myself sitting at my worktable or bench.
And I love Alicia’s idea of a creative power outfit! Clothes have a power we don’t always recognize. I know a really great outfit can boost my confidence and energy. Now that I think about it, I realize that I have sloppy fall-out-of-bed-pajama type outfits that sap my energy. It’s something I need to think about more.
Thanks for the proverbial whack on the head Gerri and Alicia! Now if only I didn’t have to spend the day cleaning and cooking and generally preparing for the great family feast Thursday.