In times of hardship these emotions can wreck havoc on the flow of creativity. So I’m going to let you off the hook for a few things you think you have to do now, in case you don’t know (or need reminding).

It’s perfectly fine to not create at the pace you once did (or not at all).

It’s perfectly fine to rest and reflect.

It’s perfectly fine to put certain projects aside and focus on new ones.

It’s perfectly fine to readjust your schedule/routine drastically.

It’s perfectly fine to try something completely different.

It’s perfectly fine to not know everything, and admit it.

Practicality is part of the creative life too. Basic needs must be met (food, clothing, shelter); certain resources need to be available; people we care about must be tended to.

If you’re in crisis/caretaker/helper/leader mode, please know that the smartest thing you can do is use your creativity to get through a difficult time. Use your imagination to seek opportunities, strategize new approaches, adjust to a changed world.

You don’t have to be who you used to be.

You don’t have to act as if nothing has changed.

It has.

Now what are you going to do?

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