Today was the day I set aside to sketch out the first idea for a book cover. I had images in mind, Post-it notes showing a layout and I felt ready to tackle it.
But. Yep, there’s a but.
I found a pencil, my paper, drew a few lines and froze. I looked at my idea and hated it. It didn’t work at all.
Then I questioned my ability to create even a rough idea.
The dreaded creative block was setting in.
This cosplay started as a simple idea I sketched on a Post-it note pad as well. I looked at that idea again and again and questioned if it would even work. It did. Incredibly, it did. Well, at least the sewing part of it did, the accessories aren’t done yet, but I’m not too worried about them.
The little cartoon light bulb went off above my head. If I can do this costume, I can do this sketch and once I told myself I could do it, I relaxed. And a few minutes later, I sat at my laptop and came up with a pretty good first idea for a cover, with fonts too.
As the new sketch idea was gelling, I kept on sewing and even came up with an idea for a second cosplay. Bouncing among the three projects kept the creative juices flowing. It was beautiful.
My creative outlets are not just a lark, they’re very necessary. They’re energizing, and as an introvert, that’s essential – and they put my mind in a positive place. I’m not dreading work tomorrow, instead I’m enjoying my projects here and now and I’m fully engaged in the present moment.
And it’s blissful.