When we tell stories about creativity, we tend to leave out this phase. We neglect to mention those days when we wanted to quit, when we believed that our problem was impossible. Instead, we skip straight to the breakthrough. We tell the happy ending first. The danger of this scenario is that the act of feeling frustrated is an essential part of the creative process. Before we can find the answer — before we can even know the question — we must be immersed in disappointment, convinced that a solution is beyond our reach. We need to have wrestled with the problem and lost. Because it’s only after we stop searching that an answer may arrive.
Perfet timing for this to appear in my dash. Currently feeling failuriffic as I have half a mold (the other half of the sculpt needs repairing due to more fail), my sewing has been done and undone and redone more times than I can count for my other two projects and I am feeling really defeated by my health.
When you physically can’t attain what you know you have experience and knowledge to do there is so much added pressure! So tonight, like so many other nights, I am going to have to take a break, rethink and start afresh tomorrow.