Today it is my pleasure to have G.R. LeBlanc as my guest. Gisele and I met several years ago through Verla Kay’s Blueboards and subsequently became critique partners through an on-line critique group which she organized and moderated. Over the years she has donned many creative hats including that of children’s fiction writer, poet, novelist, and even editor. But what happens when you lose your creative passion? Get ready to be encouraged by Gisele’s wonderful insights into the cycle of creativity. Take it away, Gisele!
I’ve never been a very prolific writer and struggle with longer works–and I’ve come to accept that I probably always will. It is one of the reasons that I love writing haiku and short poetry so much. They allow me to easily finish a project and experience a sense of accomplishment.
When it comes to longer projects, I tend to get lost in the brainstorming part of it. The story and the characters draw me in but somewhere along the way the passion ebbs. And, for the longest time, I thought it meant there was something wrong with me.
Was I just not cut out to be a writer?
So I’ve cycled through many writing forms such as novels, different poetry forms, short stories, and picture books, hoping that I would find something that would take hold of me and not let go. But no matter what I try, somewhere down the line, I always end up losing focus and passion.
Of course, that could be a lack of discipline on my part, or self-doubt (something I struggle with); yet, I believe a huge part of it is simply the way my brain and creativity works.
Over time, I’ve come to realize that when my focus wanes it is my spirit letting me know that it and my creativity–I believe both are intrinsically intertwined–need a change of pace and scenery. Different senses need to be engaged so that the well can be replenished.
For me, there are many different things I turn to during these times such as knitting, birdwatching, reading oracle cards, spending time with family and friends, watching documentaries, reading books and magazines, doing yoga, and even just taking a stroll in nature.
Writing haiku has also become a wonderful way of centering myself because it forces me to slow down and notice what’s going on around me. It takes me out of my head and helps me connect to my spirit.
So now, when the tides ebb, instead of fighting it, I welcome it and happily let myself drift along, knowing that I will always be brought back to the shore, and knowing that there is an endless number of treasures and ideas to be discovered along the way!
What about you? Does your creativity ebb and flow? And if it does, what activities help you recharge and reconnect? I’d love to hear all about it!
G.R. LeBlanc is a writer/haiku poet that lives in New Brunswick, Canada. She enjoys simple pleasures like spending quiet evenings at home with her family, reading, knitting, and bird watching.
Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children has appeared in publications such as Wee Ones, Stories For Children, Beyond Centauri, and My Little Friend, and her haiku has been published in haiku journals around the world.
You can visit her blog Ebb and Flow @ http://grleblanc.blogspot.ca/