My little blog hit 15,000 views yesterday, which is very cool. I looked at bit at the stats, which show that I am on the whole getting more traffic as time goes by, but there is distinctly a connection between how many or how steadily I am getting miniatures painted and how many people want to check out the blog.
I am also reading a book with the unfortunate title "Kick Ass Creativity" with the subtitle "An Energy Makeover for Artists, Explorers, and Creative Professionals." First I have to say that, in my own somewhat starchy way, I despair over unnecessary profanity, particularly in a professional work with ones own name on it. That's not to say I refrain from profanity entirely--I don't--but it seems cheap and desperate to employ it in such a context.
But the book caught my eye not because of its title but its content, namely its attempt to help artistic people be able to create a better creative flow in their work. I'm one of those people who sometimes struggles to maintain that flow. I get sidetracked, work and real life bog me down, I lose interest or become disheartened when projects hit snags. And I would love to conquer that, to enjoy this hobby of mine, and to be more productive, to experience the flow more often.
So, with that in mind, I'm going to take one of the exercises from the book and do it here, namely by asking the question, what is the model for your own experience of the creative flow? Do you experience it in the evening, the morning, or some other time? Do you have a particular place? Are there elements to the environment that facilitate this experience, like listening to music or having no one else around? What makes it work for you? Feel free to share in the comment section.