Badassery Magazine March 2018 Issue22 - Page 45

D ear reader, for the last year you've seen me blather on endlessly on a diverse array of subjects, but there's one that I always seem to come back to - creativity. Indeed, my first ever contribu- tion to this eminent publication was a treatise on creativity itself, where I offered up a malevolent morsel of mathematical malfea- sance to prove my point: 1 + 1 = 3. Needless to say (hence why I'm saying it), the subject of cre- ativity is one that I am passion- ate about, if I may employ a sadly tired and overused term. However, every rose has its thorn, and creativity is no dif- ferent. For all its amazing- ness, there is a sting in the tail. Yes ladies and gentlebeings, the time has come to talk about the elephant in the room. Seriously, it's making a mess on the couch. No! I mean the OTHER ele- phant in the room... creative, or for the purposes of this partic- ular discourse, writer's block. Now, being the savvy, perspica- cious carbon-based lifeforms that you are, you will no doubt recall that I've tackled this very subject before in these pages, specifi- cally in my Tony-award winning exposition, "Away With Words,” currently being optioned by 21st Century Fox as a film starring the late Marlon Brando as a semicolon. This time out I'd like to come at it from a different direc- tion (specifically, southwest). As you're no doubt aware, busi- ness bright spark and gener- al deep-thinking brainbox Seth Godin has put forward the theo- ry that creative blocks are a rel- atively new phenomenon. He posits that the difficulty occurred when we began to raise the stakes for the work we produced. As the importance (real or other- wise) increases, fear grows - fear that it won't be good enough, fear that it won't have the de- sired impact - and it's this fear that blocks the creative process. That all seems straightfor- ward, but let me hit you with a slightly different analogy. Imag- ine... doing stand up comedy. Now if you're like most people, the thought of standing on a stage armed with nothing but a micro- phone and a few jokes will likely leave you shuddering with ter- ror. Now let me up the ante a lit- tle and suggest... improvisational comedy. Now you don't even have written and tested jokes to rely on. Horror. Nervousness. A sudden desire to join the Foreign Legion. For those of you unfamiliar, 44