How Creators Feel When They Aren't Creating

How Stumpy Got His Name  

Someone asked me what was so difficult about being called away from one's muse.  To them -- and they weren't being mean-spirited -- writing a story or drawing a picture or composing music was the same as baking a cake or hanging wall paper:  You can always start any time you feel like it.

Well, yeah...if by "any time" you mean "whenever the muse calls".  As Charles Bukowski famously observed, "...it comes out of / your soul like a rocket / ...being still would / drive you to madness or / suicide or murder".

Every creator I know is nodding at this (and, yes, there are creators who manage to harness themselves to a steady work schedule; I contend for them the faucet is always on and they don't know how #%@&ing lucky they are to be able to fill their buckets on their own timetable).

For the rest of you, I've made a little simulation after the jump that will give you the barest inkling of what it feels like to be a creator denied access to pen / paper / pixels when inspiration hits.

Hold your breath, follow the jump, and don't inhale again until you scroll down to "10".

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there that wasn't so difficult was it?

Truer Words Were Never Penned

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