Writing this blog is a creative endeavor on my part — in the past I’ve tried to avoid any extensive amounts of writing yet I felt pulled toward doing it, and I have enjoyed doing it over the last few months. In a like manner I truly enjoy doing the application development work that I do, which like my blog writing, often times takes on a creative component.
In fact, I’ve found both the application development that I do AND the blog writing I do to often run along parallel paths – especially regarding creativity. There have been times when I’ve sat down in front of the computer at my blog and just been mentally and creatively as blank as the form on my screen which is just sitting there patiently waiting for my thoughts. It seems at those times that I have nothing to say – and with nothing to say even my continually improving voice recognition software can’t help me write.
There are also times that I find myself in front of my editor or other software design tool with seemingly nothing to say — there just seems to be a “block” in place that doesn’t want to let go. Fortunately for me if I am blocked with my writing, I’m NOT blocked with my development. I’ve had discussions with other developers who also find themselves at times with a block that doesn’t want to budge.
How does one get past the block? I suggest moving on to something else. Often I have used the times I’ve been blocked to catch up on that article I ripped out of the tech magazine a few months back — the one I wanted to read but didn’t have the time to dig into. Physical movement helps too — a trip to the water cooler perhaps, a conversation with a co-worker. It never ceases to amaze me how well even a short change of focus works to help get the creative juices flowing again.
Try it, you’ll like it!