I’m a huge fan of WNYU’s Radiolab series. The episode below is a great example of why. Here, they present a fascinating method of dealing with creative block: by bargaining with one’s creativity as though it were an external…something.
You can listen to it here: Me, Myself, and Muse.
It’s a really interesting idea–the notion that creativity is an external force that can be bargained with, enticed, cajoled, persuaded, and even scolded. Not a new idea, I realize, but one that I hadn’t considered seriously before hearing this show. I have to admit that, since then, I’ve started to experiment with it a bit, and while it feels a little weird there is a glimmer of something there. There hasn’t been a dramatic rush of inspiration (or even a discernable whisper) but something feels natural about it. I could see myself making it a habit.
Could be I’m just nuts.
I’m curious to hear what you have to say on the subject.