Badassery Magazine March 2018 Issue22 - Page 46

improvisational comedy is a style in which every single joke is made up on the spot, sometimes with suggestions from the audience. The only saving grace is that "improv" as it's called is most often done as a group, so at least you're not alone. Of course, for most people, that's like saying "I know you're drowning, but there's good news - five other people are drowning too!" Hardly comforting is it? If there was ever a place where the "stakes" have been raised and fear has the opportunity to create blocks - it's on an improv stage. But hold up true believer! There's another way to look at this. As I said previously, creative blocks occur when the apparent importance of a project begins to increase, generating fear. HOWEVER, you don't suddenly stop being able to communicate. If you're a writer, you don't suddenly lose the ability to write in your chosen language. If you're a speaker, you don't suddenly become mute. Fear derails your thought process, causing you to THINK you can't write, speak, draw or do the Macarena. (In the case of that last one, I'm willing to give fear a pass.) An exercise I give to my clients when they're experiencing writer's block is to write about it. I know it sounds simplistic, even counterintuitive - but that's precisely why it works. Write about how writer's block FEELS. Explore the fear and the trepidation you're experiencing. Talk about the frustration. Describe the blank page in as much detail as you can. You'd be amazed at what happens when you do this. Creative juices once again begin to flow, and the fear is pushed aside. Within a very short time, you're ready to tackle your creative project, whatever it may be. Dear reader, let me leave you with a final point, one that just may change the way you think. Of course, it may cause you to question my sanity, but... I think we're far beyond that point. Improvisational comedy may seem scary, but... you engage in improvisation every single day. Whether or not it qualifies as comedy is open for debate, but the fact is, everyday you speak and act without the benefit of a script, a plot, a director or even a proper hair and makeup team. Life is the ultimate improvisation, and you're turning in an award winning performance. Screw fear, and to hell with creative blocks… it's time for your close-up. � Mackenzie Clench is an author, digital essayist, creative instigator, podcaster, agent provocateur and silhouette model for Men-at-Work signs. He's also the CEO, Scribbler and Fuss Maker in Chief of Mackenzie Clench Creative, helping entrepreneur-shaped humans refine their messaging to draw a through-line from the heart of their business to the heart of the clients. Mackenzie Clench Mackenzie regularly kicks over the apple cart of "that's-the-way-it's-alwaysbeen-done" and gives the advertising intelligentsia aneurysms on a nearly daily basis. He believes that 1 + 1 = 3, women are the future and that the coolest dinosaur is the thesaurus. He's currently on a mission to show that every single human-shaped human on this big blue marble is a walking, talking, latte-sipping engine of creation. He does not often write bios in the third-person, but will do so if asked nicely. Cookies help as well. mackenzieclench.com � � � 45 improvisational comedy is a style in which every single joke is made up on the spot, sometimes with suggestions from the audience. The only saving grace is that "improv" as it's called is most often done as a group, so at least you're not alone. Of course, for most people, that's like saying "I know you're drowning, but there's good news - five other people are drown- ing too!" Hardly comforting is it? If there was ever a place where the "stakes" have been raised and fear has the opportunity to create blocks - it's on an improv stage. But hold up true believer! There's another way to look at this. As I said previously, creative blocks occur when the appar- ent importance of a project be- gins to increase, generating fear. HOWEVER, you don't suddenly stop being able to communicate. If you're a writer, you don't suddenly lose the ability to write in your chosen language. aside. 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