By Happy, Lady & Lacy, Office Dogs of Happy Lady Productions
We get an interesting view of the creative process in action in our office. Not many see it from the feet up like we do; we literally see the tapping toes and the nervous leg bounces when frustration sets in. FYI – Very irritating when we’re trying to take a nap in our dog bed under the desk! But, we digress. First and last, what we have learned is that the condition (and some might call it an excuse) known as writer’s or artistic block is curable. If you feel stuck, you simply need to recharge. In which case, there are several things you can do. From our ground perspective, you can be inspired through PAWS:
- Pursue the idea you already have. Every idea is an adventure. Just because you haven’t come up with something dramatically wonderful or original, doesn’t mean your current concept isn’t worth working on. Sometimes a fair idea becomes a great idea, often unrelated to the first. Dig in and see where it leads, like a dog with a bone.
- Awaken your community spirit. Volunteer. Direct your energy into work that will help others. It’s amazing where inspiration can come from – a pet needing a foster home or a child struggling with his reading skills. Whatever the need, help fill it with your special skills. A whole new world will open up to you, which means your mind will open up, too.
- Walk your dog or a friend’s! Stay away from your computer and go out and do something. Meet up with friends. Try that yoga class you’ve been meaning to try. Do something cultural. Feel the grass under your paws, sorry, feet (our favorite). But, break out of your work schedule. It will uplift your spirit, and you will literally and metaphorically breathe in new air.
- Sleep. You may be too tired to tap into your creative inner hound. Give yourself a rest. This may mean a good night’s sleep, a weekend off, a full-on vacation or our personal way, a power nap. With a rested mind and new-found energy, ideas will grow.
Whatever you do, please don’t howl about being blocked. Simply PAWS, and inspiration will find you.
Who’s on your holiday gift list?
If there is a little person and a dog lover, we have you covered!
Buy our children’s book, It’s a King’s Life in Carmel-by-the Sea, at the regular price of $14.99 and receive adult joke book Some Days You’re the Dog… Some Days the Hydrant for $5 – regularly $9.99! Plus shipping and taxes. Buy here until December 17th or while supplies last.
Husband-and-wife creative team, photographer Dan Merchant and author Emily Randolph, run Happy Lady Productions, a philanthropic book publisher supporting animal rescue and pet therapy programs.
Happy Lady Productions’ titles include: It’s a King’s Life book series, ‘Some Days You’re the Dog… Some Days, the Hydrant!’ and ‘Limericks by The Brothers Randolph’.
Upcoming releases include: ‘Dogs Are… Just Like You!’; ‘Sisters’; ‘Just Desserts!’ and ‘Handfeeding Handbook: 5 Easy Steps to a Well-Trained, Happy Dog.’